Help to save turtles in Tortuguero
You can find here around 400 tree species, 2200 plant species like Uva de Playa (‘beach grape’), el Icaco, Palma de Coco (coconut palm), Lirio Acuático (water lily), Helechos Acuáticos (water ferns), Pilón, el Canfín, el Jícaro de Montaña. The most important fauna species are the Jaguar, the ocelot, tapir, manatee, sloth, monkey, sea turtles (leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill and green – the most common), and 405 bird species. Its area is 26.156 hectares in land and 50.160 hectares in the ocean.
The most abundant type of forest is the Rain Forest, with an average annual of 26° C and an average annual precipitation that ranges from 4500 and 6000mm; it is considered one of the rainiest regions of the country.
There are several stations within the park.
The first Station: This is where the Tortuguero canals are, the Park’s administration offices, the Control and Protection Programs, common areas and the sub-programs of Environmental Education, Biological Monitoring and Volunteering.
There is a big house, where 3 of the rooms are for volunteers.
The second Station: Tourists can access this station too, and there is presence from the Control and Protection program, volunteering and public access. There are several canals that can be navigated.
There is a volunteers-only house, and it can host 10 persons.
The third Station: There are several canals that can be navigated and some important rivers like Colorado and San Juan Rivers . The electricity is provided through generators, there is washing machine, television, radio communication, non potable water, and the water to drink and cook is transported from another station.
The fourth Station: Only the Control and Protection Program is established. One particular characteristic of this station is the presence of many creeks and a number of trails that are used for research, and control & protection activities.
This station has electricity, non-potable water (potable water is brought from other stations), washing machine, drying machine, television and radio communication. There is a house with 6 rooms, 2 of them are for volunteers.
The fifth Station: This is the highest altitude site in the Park (311 m.s.n.m.),there are small rivers and creeks and several trails. Here, only the Control and Protection Program is established.
In Sierpe the electricity is provided through solar panels, there is washing machine, television, radio communication, non potable water, and the water to drink and cook is transported from another station.
Work to do:
. Trail maintenance
. Cooking and helping in the kitchen
. Housekeeping of the house, information kiosk and offices
. Garden maintenance and housekeeping
. Clean informative whiteboards
. Place informative signs in public areas
. Wash irons, to prevent damage
. File information
. Classify tickets, for a later disposition by burning them
. Control of tourism in the canals
. Control of tourism at the beach, during sea turtle nesting season
. Collect trash from the beach
. Clean and maintain the expositions of the information kiosk
You can negotiate the details of your day off, with the office administration.
For more information about this project, please contact us.