Welcome to La Reserva Forest Foundation's Environmental Edublog!

LET'S GET LEARNING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT!

La Reserva Forest Foundation (let's refer to it as La Reserva or LRFF) is based in Costa Rica and offers as part of our charitable mission this educational blog-style website, or Edublog, for Environmental Science Education.

Edublog-NGSS-logo This Edublog is intended for all age groups and levels of interest and commitment, and offers links to resources providing lesson plans and experiential learning opportunities which will enable students and teachers in the U.S. to meet the standards laid down in the "Next Generation Science Standards - NGSS", which were finalized in March 2013.

The "Next Generation Science Standards - NGSS" was a joint effort between the U.S. National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve to create the foundation for all students to have a solid K-12 science education.

LET'S GET HANDS-ON!

La Reserva's hands-on work in restoring the tropical rainforests places us in the unique position of being able to offer on-site collaboration with teachers and students through various recorded and live voice and video technologies. This will add more of those vital elements of active, experiential learning which connect the student more concretely with their area of study. La Reserva also offers internships for college-level environmental studies students to gain in-field experience in tropical rainforest restoration and management.

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"Experiential education drives several specific instructional methods, including service learning, problem- or project-based learning, and field-based instruction. These methods are proving to be quite effective in environmental education and hold promise for motivating students and improving student learning and academic performance." (Athman and Monroe, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 'Elements of Effective Environmental Education Programs')

LET'S GET TEACHING USING THIS EDUBLOG!

Many of the learning resources on this Edublog include guidelines for teachers to help structure study programs for their students. Many resources provide suggestions for practical projects. With some of these, La Reserva can directly collaborate in a hands-on way!

LET'S HAVE FUN USING THIS EDUBLOG!

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Whether you're in formal education or looking for a fun way to learn at home about the environment, this Edublog offers you fun! There are many resources that are designed for learning in a fun way, even those that don't have a practical, hands-on project approach. So let's enjoy ourselves - yes, us too! - in having you learn about the environment.

LET'S PUT LA RESERVA TO WORK!

We love work. We just love working out there in the forest, working for YOU, whether planting trees or making videos describing and explaining the climate, the trees, the animals and birds and insects and all the processes that are going on right before our eyes - or out of sight!

We love to work with people as well as for people. We love to do project work that students give us to do. Best of all we love to have students coming to do field work with us, here in Costa Rica! Or just coming for a visit to experience the jungle first-hand. We're here to give tours to students, showing them the wonders of the tropical rainforest.

Also, we're adept at using internet technology in various, even surprising ways to give face-to-face and voice-to-voice interaction with student groups.

LET'S START USING THIS EDUBLOG!

So let's start using this Edublog! Explore all the different resources that are shown below the Resources tabs on the main menu above, and decide how you'd like to use them. Let us know if you'd like La Reserva to collaborate with student projects, and we'll let you know how we can help you. It's as simple as that, and we can't wait to hear from you!

PURA VIDA!

literally 'Pure Life' but used many ways in Costa Rica as a greeting, a blessing, a farewell, and so on. We mean it as a blessing:

"May you have a pure life, a pure environment, a healthy life, a healthy planet!"

and our neighbors, whose lives depend on it, would surely wish the same:

PURA VIDA!

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