SAVE THE RAINFOREST
Inspiring and Empowering Youth to Protect our Planet since 1988
Save The Rainforest is the first-of-its-kind global environmental education nonprofit. Through purposeful travel, that inspires students to think creatively about conservation and climate change, it has been saving rainforests and alleviating poverty in South and Central America for over three decades.
Climate stabilizing rainforests are being destroyed at record rates.
What we do or don't do in the next decade will determine life on Planet Earth.
For the first time in human history, young people are invited to lead the change.
About Save The Rainforest
Over 10,000 Students Have Participated in Save The Rainforest Trips.
Over $500,000 Donated for Rainforest Conservation.
Founded by teachers and high school students in Dodgeville, Wisconsin in 1988 with the mission of saving tropical forests, Save The Rainforest was the first-of-its-kind and began by encouraging schools across the US to raise money to purchase rainforest acres. In 1990, Save The Rainforest began an innovative travel program that sent students and educators to the rainforests it was helping to save. Remarkably, with only volunteer staff and a shoestring budget, Save The Rainforest made a tangible impact with over 10,000 students participating in the trips and $500,000 donated for rainforest conservation.
2021 marked a turning point for the organization. Gravely concerned about climate change and the pressures facing our youth, many of whom feel hopelessly unprepared to face such a challenge, Andrea Luecke offered her considerable talents to guide Save The Rainforest through an exciting relaunch, refreshing its programs and goals as well as engaging students, educators, donors and partners like never before.
IT'S NOW OR NEVER.
Over the next five years, Save The Rainforest is on an aggressive mission to host 10,000 additional students on life-changing, carbon-neutral rainforest trips. These trips serve as a "Master Class" in rainforest and ocean ecology, conservation, climate entrepreneurialism, culture, and life. There is no better way to prepare and empower our youth for the challenges ahead than to give them first-hand experiences that will build character and test their courage.
We'd love your support. Book a trip, sponsor a student/class, or make a donation today.
Save The Rainforest trips have inspired 10,000 students to become land and wildlife conservationists and climate entrepreneurs. Help us inspire the next 10,000 students to save the rainforest through an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime.
2022 Dates - Contact Us for All-Inclusive Pricing
Trip Type A: 12 day Canal/Bocas Del Toro ($2,475)
Trip Type B: 10 day Burbaya, Guna, Maje (1,895)
1. June 7 - 18, 2022 (A) - For College-Aged Participants
2. June 14 - 25, 2022 (A)
3. June 20 – 29, 2022 (B)
4. June 28 - July 9, 2022 (A)
5. July 6 - 15, 2022 (B)
6. July 12 - 23, 2022 (A)
7. July 18 - 27, 2022 (B)
8. July 26 - August 6, 2022 (A)
9. August 1 - 10, 2022 (B)
10. August 9 - 20, 2022 (A) - For College-Aged Participants
Panama is rich with biodiversity found within magnificent rainforests, spectacular seas and ancestral indigenous cultures. The emergence of the Isthmus of Panama more than 3 million years ago was the most pivotal event in the evolutionary history of the western hemisphere. Since then, a great variety of animal and plant species have been able to migrate from one continental mass to another through Panama, where many congregate to offer an array of unique biodiversity. The Republic of Panama hosts more than 960 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 240 species of reptiles, 175 species of amphibians and over 10,000 species of vascular plants. Impressively, more than 25 percent of its territory is protected by national parks and nature reserves. These factors, added to the close proximity of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans at a narrow isthmus, have created a vast concentration of life in the heart of the Americas, leading the Smithsonian Institution to establish the most advanced laboratory for tropical biological research in the world. We invite you to discover this unspoiled country filled with natural and cultural riches with a legacy that has shaped the world's history.
ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS
July 12 - 25, 2022 - 15 days. More dates forthcoming!
You will enjoy both friendly culture, surrounding rainforests, rivers, and geologic sites on this adventure.
The first half of the trip is with the Sachawaysa in Ecuador. The Sachawaysa is a Kichwa community located in the Napo province in Amazonian Ecuador collaborating with the Yakum Foundation. Sachawaysa is a tightly knit and highly organized community developing ancestral agroforestry, community ecotourism, and traditional dance groups. At 900 meters elevation Sachawaysa is surrounded by five national parks along the eastern flank of the Andes. This is one of the principal headwaters of the Amazon River Basin.Indigenous peoples are conserving vast areas of forest and have been for thousands of years, arguably better than national park systems. The loss of rainforests is closely linked to the displacement, disempowerment and marginalisation of these people. Their culture, diet, health and knowledge, as well as the forests themselves, are being compromised and degraded. YAKUM works to protect indigenous forests with communities, and build cultural, medicinal and food sovereignty, through reforestation with carefully selected native tree species and territorial resource mapping. Tree species are chosen with communities to guarantee production of culturally relevant foods covering a complete diet, traditional handicraft materials, and recover important medicines.
The second half of the trip is based mainly on San Cristobal Island in the fabled Galapagos. This desert chain of islands was formed by volcanic activity just as the Hawaiian Islands were. But these islands were uninhabited until just a few centuries ago, and the wildlife there is strangely unafraid of humans. One can walk right up to blue footed boobies, sea lions and giant tortoises without alarming them. The sea life is incredible too. It abounds in the equatorial waters that are cooled and enriched by the Humboldt Current. Though lightly populated, the Galapagos has a rich human history as well, and San Cristobal is one of the few islands that have a settled population. Interaction with the human residents of the Galapagos is just icing on the cake for an unforgettable seven days in the magical world where Darwin formed his theory of evolution.
2022 Trip Schedule. Contact Us for All-Inclusive Pricing
Trip Type A: 11-day La Milpa/Glovers Reef
Trip Type B: 8-day La Milpa, Hill Bank
1. June 9-14 La Milpa, June 14-19 Glovers (A)
2. June 20-25 La Milpa, June 25-30 Glovers (A)
3. July 1-8 La Milpa & Hill Bank (B)
4. July 11-16 La Milpa, July 16-21 Glovers (A) - Fully Reserved - Elmwood High School
5. June 20-27 La Milpa & Hill Bank (B)
6. July 29-August 25 La Milpa & Hill Bank (B)
Belize is a small but extraordinary Caribbean country bordering Mexico and Guatemala. It has the lowest population and population density in Central America.
The Maya civilization flourished in Belize between 1500 BC and 1200 AD.
Belize has a diverse society that is composed of many cultures and languages that reflect its rich history. It is the only Central American country where English is the official language, while Belizean Creole is the most widely spoken national language, being the native language of over a third of the population. Belize is perhaps most well known for its extensive coral reefs. We invite you to join us in exploring the rainforest, Mayan and contemporary culture, and island life with marine biologists and researchers on tiny Glover's Reef.
2022 Trip Schedule. Contact Us for All-Inclusive Pricing
Trip Type A: 11 days based in Osa Peninsula at Neotropica’s center
Trip Type B: forthcoming
1. May 28 – June 7, 2022 (A) Lora Cottom High School group
2. June 9 - 19, 2022 (A) - for college-aged participants
3. June 20 - 30, 2022 (A)
4. July 1- 11, 2022 (A)
5. July 12 - 22, 2022 (A)
6. July 24 – August 3, 2022 (A)
7. August 5 – 15, 2022 (A)
8. August 17 – 27, 2022 (A)
“Osa: Land and Sea”
During this program, the participant will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge on Coastal and Marine Environments of the Osa Peninsula. This will be possible through experiential activities, as well as programmed lectures with the purpose to reinforce the learning process.
At the same time, in order to make the student understand the relationship between tourism and sustainable development, this program will include activities with local communities that support and strengthen rural and community tourism, showing them how it is possible to have a way of living without over-exploiting the natural, social and cultural resources.
Save The Rainforest
If you have questions or would like to book a trip, sponsor, donate or partner with us, we'd love to hear from you!
Donations allow us to conduct outreach to schools, provide special pricing for low-income students, and protect and rehabilitate rainforests.
You can mail a donation check (payable to Save The Rainforest) to this address (or make an online donation here):
5388 Davis Road Dodgeville, WI 53533