Our current Costa Rica/Panama projects are centered around the Rio Teribe at the Costa Rica/Panama border, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and eco-tourism development with indigenous Tjër Di Naso and Ngöbe-Buglé peoples:

  1. Watershed Watch Expeditions
  2. Documentary Film Project 

Summaries of these programs follow...

Watershed Watch Expeditions

Experience sustainable living with a culture that has done it for countless generations.

We have developed curricula with ODESEN, the Organization for the Development of Ecotourism for the Naso. The Naso Kingdom is located in an International Park and Biosphere Reserve, "La Amistad" where one million acres of rainforest are shared by Costa Rica and Panama.

We have both short and long Watershed Expedition Programs.

Supplies and kayaks are delivered to Palenque
by Indigenous Naso long boats

The short program (10 days) involves three days hiking into the watershed, three days paddling the Rio Teribe, three days of structured explorations focused on watershed ecology and environmental issues, and one day sailing out of the watershed to a Caribbean island. On the island, graduation includes a visit to two tropical research stations to understand how everything that happens upriver affects the marine environment. In all, 10 intensive, educational and fun-filled days focused on watershed ecology and environmental education... in paradise.

Your guides were river men from birth

For more info about Watershed Watch Expeditions, visit our blog. (March 2011 Watershed Expedition School).

For schedules, pricing, and information, contact Steve@BigRiverFoundation.org

ODESEN leader Edwin Sanchez

The conservation of rivers and watersheds is the predominate issue facing humanity as mankind struggles to develop a culture which might enable, rather than extinguish, future generations.

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Documentary Film Project

Scratch Map: Your Friends Deserve the Best Travel Gift in 2018!

Eagle or tails? It does not matter which side the coin falls if it erases the scratch-barrier on the tops conquered by you! The scratch map was given its original name due to the word "scratching" and this name is well-founded. In the process of producing such products, an image, names of cities and countries covered with a protective layer are applied to their surface.

A scratch map will allow in a cheerful form to mark the settlements where the user has already been or where he wants to go. On the surface of the travel map, you can also see various attractions and other signs. In a word, it is an original and stylish gift as well as a pleasant and useful acquisition for yourself. The most originally designed scratchable map at site can become your travel companion right now.

The Scratch Map of the World is the Most Creative Gift in 2018

Recently, the scratch map has become very popular. More consumers are trying to buy this product and there is nothing surprising in the increasing demand. Among the main reasons why this kind of gift really deserves your attention are the following:

  • A scratch map is an absolutely neutral gift, suitable for a person of any age, interests and lifestyle.
  • On the one hand, a scratch map of the world will be a pleasant surprise for the traveler, on the other hand it will be an excellent motivator for those who have not traveled yet.
  • It is quite easy to use it: erase the place of the country (city) with the edge of the coin (or another item), remove the leftovers, cover and mark the desired city (address) with usual pins.
  • Another great feature that the world scratch map has is that you can buy it at a very affordable price that won't ruin your budget.

Such a gift will become a stylish accessory for those who like traveling and do not forget to plan routes in advance. It remains only to choose the right quality map and present it to the future owner. Believe that it is much more enjoyable to travel together with a scratch map.

Your friend will definitely be pleasantly surprised when discovering what he/she can do with the gift. In 2018, in the era of smart gadgets, crypto coins, and robotics, it is banal to present cups, books, photo frames. Be original present your friend a scratch map. Your gift will definitely stand out!

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