Annual Spider Monkey Education Initiative
Since 2010 we have been reaching out to local elementary schools closest to Azuero spider monkey habitat and their surrounding communities. We now work with students in six schools – Nuario, Vallerriquito, Oria Arriba, Los Asientos, Colan and Bajo Corral – to explore the importance of spider monkeys in the local environment, the dangers these animals face from hunting, development, and deforestation, the uniqueness of the dry forest ecosystem, and how reforestation can increase farm productivity. For more information about our in-school educational program, please see our annual reports:
- 2017 Education Initiative Report [pdf]
- 2016 Education Initiative Report [pdf]
- 2014 Education Initiative Report [pdf]
- 2010 Education Initiative Report [pdf]
Pro Eco Kids
In 2010, we formed a program called Pro Eco Kids, a group of 5-12-year-old youth environmental leaders that meets weekly at our office in Pedasi to discover the importance of environmental conservation through fun and hands-on experiences. In the past the Pro Eco Kids have explored topics such as waste/recycling, biodiversity, the science and importance of plants, sea turtles, and respect for nature. Some Pro Eco Kids activities include planting in the AEP garden, promotion of reusable bags to town residents, participation in the 2012 Pedasi Local Parade (read about it here), and visits to local protected areas and farms.
A key strength of this program is that it involves an exciting collection of guests from the community to engage the kids through their passion for different aspects of conservation and environmental issues. If you have an idea of something you would like to share with the Pro Eco Kids or would like to join us in our weekly adventures, please email email@example.com or (507) 995-2995.
Guest Expert Series
Throughout the years, the Pro Eco Azuero has invited a series of guest experts with geographically-specific or subject matter expertise, to lead workshops and interactive demonstrations at the AEP office. Oftentimes, these environmental leaders are developing pioneering practices in the local community or bring in fresh perspectives from other regions of the country and the world. Headlines from previous Guest Expert events are below.
Visit our Events Calendar for information about upcoming learning opportunities.