The Guardian of Nature children’s series invites children to be guardians of natural resources through stories told by Lucia, a 9-year-old girl who loves nature, but who believes she is too young to protect it.
In 2017 the first book was published: The Guardian of Nature and her friends SAVE THE RIVER. It has been donated to more than 13,000 children in rural areas, and for many, it is their first illustrated book.
In 2018 the second book was published: The Guardian of Nature and her friends PLANT TREES. It has been donated to more than 2,500 children in rural Costa Rica.
The books are available in digital version at no cost within our educational platform and hardcover books are available for purchase.
Raising awareness as well as empowering immersed in practice and reflection distinguishes our workshops. Teachers are the greatest agents of change in our society, especially when they are well equipped and supported. Principals and supervisors, in turn, are essential to creating an organizational culture with a vision for sustainability within the school environment.
Our workshops build on the premise that everything begins with internal change, and change begins through awareness from experience.
Improving teacher motivation, along with incentives contribute significantly to the quality of their work. The principal’s support is essential for creating an environmental culture of the school and for stimulating the teachers’ work.
The Guardian of Nature Teacher and Director of the Year Awards publicly acknowledge and reward the work of principals and teachers who go the extra mile to create an environmental culture in their schools and classrooms.
We are creating a model system that can be replicated at the national level and adapted to the needs and challenges of other regions.
The Guardian Challenge invites children to solve environmental problems in their own communities through their schools, and with their parent’s help.
Through The Guardian Challenge more than 200 students have participated in reforestation projects, river, beach and park clean-ups, eco-brick creation and fundraising efforts to buy compost bins for their school. A large number of eco-activities are encouraging their communities to be fairer, more prosperous, and inclusive.
We are piloting and organizing a process that can be replicated at the national level, and eventually adapted to the needs and challenges of other regions.
The most creative and highly impacted Guardians challenges are awarded with a Guardians of Nature merit badge along with a visit to a protected area.
We are empowering a generation of children to identify as “guardians” of our natural resources. Through concrete actions, their personal experience of seeing protected areas firsthand becomes a learning laboratory and another incentive for them to embrace their environmental activism as guardians.
We continue to promote public-private partnerships for the benefit of rural and marginal schools. Private companies are invited to “adopt” an Ecological Blue Flag school by contributing with their economic and human capital. With their support, the school’s transformation, accomplished in stages, helps them to become a sustainable and regenerative Blue Flag school.
Our pilot initiative includes 8 schools and 7 participating companies in the Nosara district of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
We are systematizing a process that can be replicated at the national level.
We teach and organize workshops for teachers and students on various environmental topics that include: the problems of plastic waste, the importance of trees, and composting benefits and guidelines.