SAVE THE RAINFOREST
Inspiring & Empowering Youth to Protect our Planet since 1988
Save The Rainforest is the first-of-its-kind global environmental education nonprofit. Through purposeful travel, capacity building and cultural exchange, it has been saving rainforests and alleviating poverty 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
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 got involved to help guide Save The Rainforest through an exciting relaunch, refreshing its programs and goals.
COVID has greatly impacted our ability to travel. So we've developed a new initiative in partnership with local front-line forest dwelling communities and their friends. Together, we are creating programming that gives indigenous and traditional women and youth opportunities and valuable skills to more effectively defend and protect the rainforest. Skills like GPS mapping, drone piloting, botany, sustainable agriculture, and law.
Given the importance of rainforests, these types of initiatives may create opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.
Youth (and Women) Capacity-Building Programs We Support:
Yakum Foundation. One of Save The Rainforest's first sustainable ecotourism programs in the early 1990's was in Amazonian Ecuador, where we partnered with Fundación Jatun Sacha and several Kichwa communities. Thirty years later we are still engaged with the indigenous peoples of Ecuador through our work with the Yakum Foundation. This work entails an amazing reforestation initiative that propagates, plants and monitors 150 different tree species selected carefully to revitalize indigenous knowledge, nutrition, health and livelihoods. We consider this to be a "flagship" project that could serve as a blueprint for the some of the other 3,100 indigenous communities that reside in the Amazon Basin. More on Yakum here.
Save The Rainforest
If you have questions or would like to book a trip, sponsor, donate or partner with us on special projects or indigenous capacity building, we'd love to hear from you!
Donations allow us to support the good work of our partners, conduct outreach to schools, and provide special pricing for low-income students.
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