Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil

by Corcovado Foundation
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Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil
Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Mil

The last three months has been a very busy time for the Corcovado Foundation’s environmental education program. Last year, our educators were working in eleven small public schools around the Osa Peninsula. Today we have expanded to 22 schools all along the South Pacific Coast which means that 441 children now attend our classes!

Most recently, we visited the village of Rancho Quemado and worked with kids and community members to create an adorable short film called “The path you choose is only up to you”. The students act out the story of a community which works to change their behavior and create a sustainable village. The kids used recycled materials to create their own costumes and props and we had a great time gluing and painting together.

By participating in recreational activities related to the environment, our students can use their creativity to develop a personal relationship with the natural world. The foundation’s art, film and music projects work to complement formal lessons and reinforce the children’s respect for and enjoyment of nature.

Over the last three months, 189 children from all over the south-west of Costa Rica have participated in at least one of our environmental education events. We have organized a trip to the Golfo Dulce Reef, participated in the planting of 100 trees, created community banners for the Bird Migration Festival, and lots more!

To help us with all of these achievements, we welcome a new long-term volunteer who has been a wonderful addition to the team. She has assisted with a range of activities including a new child leadership workshop called The Green Classroom.

This semester the students have focused on learning about the diversity of life on the planet and the symbiotic relationship between different forms of life in the ecosystem. We have also added a unit called “The Nature Detectives” to our curriculum in which students use creative problem-solving skills to solve environmental “mysteries”.

As you can see, we have been very busy bees!

Since the expansion of the program into 11 new locations, we need your help more than ever! Public schools, particularly in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica, have very few resources and we want to continue to support them by providing learning materials.

By making a donation to the Corcovado Foundation environmental education program you can contribute to school supplies, teacher salaries and most importantly, help to teach the conservation leaders of tomorrow. Many of the excursions and activities that we organize are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our students- so please give what you can!

We will write again soon to let you know about all the exciting things we have planned for 2016, and we thank you for your continuing support!

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This December we all enjoyed an awesome experience.   We were able to plan and produce an amazing field trip for 50 of the children in some of the local communities that we work with.   The trip was planned also as a way to celebrate with the children the end of the school year.   We invited the members of 6 of the youth groups that we have formed and supported for the last year and a half.  These groups of children are committed to protect the environment and help their communities diminish their impact on their surroundings.  

 

This experience was completely new for most of the children that attended the activity and made them extremely happy.   It is hard to describe the immense pleasure that these children experienced and the excitement of the previous days. We had to answer a million questions about what to bring and what to wear.   And then, it was so hard to make them to go to bed, these guys were so excited and so happy they didn’t want to waste time by going to bed.  Doing things that they had never done before like going to the movies or going to the museum changed their lives.

 

The objective of the camp was to build leadership among children and showing them the difference between a good leader and a bad leader.   But the event was so much more than that.  It was an exchange of experiences among the different youth groups, what do they do, what are their challenges.   This event helped them see some of the small wonders of the world, and what one can accomplish as a person, as a group and as a community.

 

Ten years ago, when we had the needed funding, we conducted a similar outing with the youth group in Drake Bay.  Today these kids are all local leaders, self-employed, and entrepreneurs.  They shine over other people of their generation and in their community. We are hopeful that this generation of youth will shine just as brightly.

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Grupo de Agujitas
Grupo de Agujitas

Experience has taught us that working with the knowledge of Mother Nature is integral to understanding and leading the personal development of children. Working to develop leaders enhances the future of a community so that local people are empowered through the care and use of their natural resources, forming sustainable development in areas of unique biological and ecological importance in the world.

Fomenting leadership skills in young children will encourage their independence as people and the development of their peers (in some way or another all children have valuable leadership traits).  These children have the skills to act as agents for change for projects that aim to build and progress, becoming a driving factor of the working process.

Our environmental youth groups provide engaging activities that focus on an environmental venture and nurture leadership roles by embracing and responding to the vibrant personalities of the children. Examples of these activities are building nest boxes for birds, creating posters with messages of environmental awareness aimed at the wider community and producing performances with the children as protagonists. Of particular importance, we take the children on nighttime patrols involving them directly in the conservation of sea turtles on their local beaches, sparking a long term biological fascination through direct experiences in the field.

The Foundation collaborates with other communities through environmental events, giving the children the opportunity to exercise leadership skills, celebrating them as representatives of conservation in the community to which they belong.

Our aim is: To develop local leaders with the skills and experience to lead future organizations, community associations and sustainable enterprises.

Grupo los Halcones
Grupo los Halcones
Grupo Los Pumas
Grupo Los Pumas
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Grupo Los Pumas trabajando
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Alvaro and Diego sometime ago
Alvaro and Diego sometime ago

Education will change the people that change the world.

Baba Dioum said "In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."

As environmental educators, we spend our lives teaching children to respect their surroundings, to love nature and to feel connected to other living things.   We spend our days trying to detect that change in the children’s attitude towards nature, and it is the small details that show us the change within them.

Alvaro and Diego are two children, who used to participate in the Pumas group in the small town of Progreso, a community where we have been involved in for several years.  The Pumas is a group of 10 to 12 young children that gather together to learn about the environment and make changes in their community.   Recently, Alvaro and Diego quit the group, feeling that they were a little too old for the activities suited towards younger aged kids.

Soon after they quit, they decided to join the community turtle conservation initiative thinking it would be a better use of their time.   Volunteers, staff from the Corcovado Foundation, and local people from the community work tirelessly to protect sea turtle nests from egg poachers.  Every night there is a race between poachers and the project to reach the sea turtle nests before a wrongdoer takes the eggs and sells them in the market. 

Alvaro and Diego decided that they would volunteer their time at the sea turtle conservation program.   Many local people in Progreso, work at the project, but they charge for their time.  These kids committed to a full year of volunteering their time to the protection of the turtles.   This was something that they decided on their own; nobody asked them to do it.  They just wanted to give something back to their community to help preserve natural resources.

These boys are a great example of how attitudes are changing toward nature.  They know that if they don’t protect their natural resources, they will lose forever the beautiful olive ridley sea turtle.  This emblematic reptile has been visiting Progreso since ancient times. Their populations have been decimated by human intervention.  These boys are aware that if they are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem.  

The mission of the Corcovado Foundation is to protect wilderness areas and promote environmental education, responsible tourism and community development compatible with the sustainable use of natural resources on the Osa Peninsula and southern Costa Rica.    Help us to keep influencing young minds like Alvaro and Diego, so that changes in behavior can be a natural part of their life.

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children making things with recycling materials

Our program, “Creating the Environmental Leaders of the New Millenium in Osa”, aims to change children’s attitude toward nature and empower them to lead the way for sustainable development thru Environmental Education (EE).   

EE promotes change in the attitude of individuals and communities to a society that is knowledgeable of the environment and its associated problems.  They become aware of the solutions to these problems and are motivated to solve them.  

Children will need to influence their parents and teach them new ways of coexisting with nature.  This is true in Osa, where the local way of life for decades has traditionally been based on destructive activities such as illegal hunting and logging.    

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that EE is vital in imparting an inherent respect for nature amongst society and in enhancing public environmental awareness.

Our environmental educators are biologists committed to reaching out to children in the most respectful and fun way possible.  In exchange, they get lots of love, laughter and stories from the children.  These stories inspire them every day to continue this endless process of changing attitudes toward their environment, not only toward nature but also toward their peers.  Love, respect, tolerance, appreciation and empathy are feelings you can have towards your siblings, your neighbors, a tree or a snake.

Some of the stories they have shared with us show us how children change their attitude.  For instance, a couple of weeks ago, during one of the children’s group meetings,  Helena our environmental educator proposed the idea of playing Secret Santa among the 11 children that are part of the group, and making all the gifts with recycled materials.  The kids engaged immediately, looking for recyclable waste that could be used to make their gifts.  After their snack time, a cream cheese plastic cup was available and all the kids jumped to get it as for them it was a wonderful treasure.    Some people’s waste is other people treasure they say.

Another endearing story happened not too long ago, when some members of this group found a land turtle crossing the road.  After picking it up they became worried and began looking for Helena  seeking advice.  What should we do?  What if a car runs it over?  What if a dog gets it?   A few years before, they wouldn’t have cared, they might have even hurt the turtle just for the fun of it, but now they love and respect fauna.  And they are starting to lead by their example.

Help us maintain our efforts! 

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children playing
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