Trees From Above


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. 

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Carbon Offsets Are a Way for Individuals and Businesses to Mitigate Climate Change

In growing numbers, people and corporations are offsetting their CO2 emissions by purchasing carbon credits through the Voluntary Carbon Market.  Last year the Voluntary Carbon Market topped one billion dollars in trades, and experts predict the market will expand 15 fold by 2030. It’s a great trend because most offset projects not only sequester carbon but produce co-benefits such as preserving the culture of indigenous people and safeguarding the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest.  The process is straightforward; a project that either removes CO2 from the atmosphere or prevents emissions (i.e. prevents deforestation) is developed.  An independent party verifies the methodology of the project and certifies it.  Buyers pay X amount of dollars for the carbon offsets produced; which are measured in carbon credits (1 ton of CO2).  Project types range from reforestation to avoiding degradation of mangrove estuaries.  Below are project descriptions and URLs for purchasing carbon credits.

The Manoa REDD+ avoided unplanned deforestation project protects 74,038 hectares of forestland in the heart of Northern Brazil’s Amazon River Basin.  $18.60/credit

Yakum is an indigenous led reforestation and territorial mapping project in the Amazon; over 150 native tree species are being planted.  No credits available but one of the best grassroots projects out there and each hectare planted will capture about 360 tons of CO2 by the year 2120.

A blue carbon project in southwest Madagascar that promotes locally led conservation, reforestation and sustainable management of over 1,300 hectares of mangroves.  $16.80/credit

Guatemala Conservation Coast project:  Protects mangroves, forests and wetlands.  Also implements sustainable agroforestry programs  $20/credit

The Katingan Restoration and Conservation Project (Indonesia) protects and restores 149,800 hectares of peatland ecosystems, to offer local communities sustainable sources of income, and to tackle global climate change.  $18.60/credit

Grassland restoration in Mongolia, a first of its kind project supporting Nomadic practices to enable ecosystem soil carbon uptake.  $16.80/credit

The Gola Rainforest Project conserves the largest remaining area of Upper Guinea rainforest in Sierra Leone, home to chimpanzees, hippos, and forest elephants. $20/credit

Bundled wind power project at Satara, Maharashtra (India): The main objective of the project activity is to generate electrical energy through sustainable means using wind power resources. The electricity generated is supplied to the INDIAN grid. (you must copy and paste this link)  $3.10/credit

Businesses can purchase credits

in bulk from developer of project or through carbon exchanges. 

Contact Bruce Calhoun for details at or 608 729 4877  

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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 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


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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


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