Teacher Empowerment

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.

Student Empowerment

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.

LINK TO EDUCATIONAL SERIES

We promote clean-up and reforestation campaigns with children, families and teachers. In these campaigns, children are protagonists of a positive impact on the environment, in addition to the fact that the experiential experience allows us to educate in an active way.

Collecting microplastics to understand what happens to plastic once it reaches the sea, separating and analyzing the collected waste material and planting native trees provides a unique experience of activism in favor of the environment.

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 450 students have participated in reforestation projects, river, beach and park clean-ups, composting projects, recycling at home, water conservation projects, creation of edible gardens, 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 already working at a national level and eventually adapted to the needs and challenges of other regions.

Letter to participants and winners

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 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.  

We bring children to parks and reserves to use nature as an environmental classroom. These  expeditions encourage students to learn more about biodiversity and its importance, while motivating them to be guardians of these important life generating areas of the world. 

Collective Impact

We are in the process of creating regenerative model schools that show how when we work together, under the power of collective impact and a common vision, we can create the schools of the future; schools that practice living in peace and balance with ourselves, others and the planet.

Our pilot initiative includes 7 schools and 7 participating private businesses in the Nosara district of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, as well as the local government of Nicoya and the Regional School District. 

We are systematizing a process that can be replicated at the national level.

REGENERATIVE SCHOOLS

  • Net positive impact: Schools create a net positive social and environmental impact in the community. 
  • Holistic vision of education: identity through links with the community, the natural world and values such as compassion and peace (socio-emotional education).
  • Circular economy: application of principles and practices of the circular economy in the school.
  • Carbon negative: schools that trap more carbon than they produce.

We are beginning a process of creating an educational policy with a strong environmental component with our allies from the Municipality of Nicoya, the Regional Educational District of Nicoya and Fundación Gente that can be replicated at the national level.