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Save The Rainforest Trips

Save The Rainforest, a non-profit teacher created group, has trips for classes to Ecuador(including Galapagos), Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Teachers can go free with their class.
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PO 16271
Las Cruces , NM 88004
Contact Person: Bruce Calhoun
Phone: 1-888-608-9435
E-Mail: saverfn@cybermesa.com
Website: http://www.saverfn.org/

Detailed Information:
Save The Rainforest (STR) is a charitable 501(c)(3)organization that was founded in 1988 by teachers and students in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. From its inception STR has involved schools from around the United States in projects that educate people about the rain forest. It has also provided opportunities for students and teachers to actively campaign for rain forest conservation. It has worked as part of the International Children's Rainforest Network, helping to create rainforest reserves in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama and Belize. STR is governed by a board of directors that consists primarily of practicing teachers throughout the United States.

In 1989 STR starting conducting educational trips to the rainforest for middle and high school students. Since that time many travel agencies and other non-profits have followed in its footsteps, with varying amounts of success, and ecotourism in general has flourished in Latin America. STR itself has sent over 6,000 people on courses to the tropics in Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and Ecuador. It has a perfect safety record, and a long list of people who praise the courses for their educational value, low cost and culture sensitivity. In each country STR works with a nonprofit partner organization. The partner organization provides staffing for teaching the course and handling logistics. Past course participants return home with a profound understanding of the issues effecting rain forest conservation, and a great enthusiasm to educate others.

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