To develop, promote, and support environmental education and sustainable development, relating to the regeneration of rainforest habitat and the butterflies native to the Arenal area of Costa Rica.
We strive to engage and educate our visitors on methods to preserve and regenerate the rainforest’s biological diversity, while helping to restore the natural balance of the planet.
The Butterfly Conservatory participates in the Awareness of Nature, by educating visitors about butterflies, frogs, plants, and other native biodiversity suffering a decline in their natural habitats.
We believe that sustainable management of our resources and our economy are possible, and that the first step is awareness and commitment to making a difference in the future of the planet.
Widespread deforestation is continuing to take place around the world and is causing a large part of the climactic problems that we are experiencing globally as temperatures and CO2 concentrations rise to alarming levels. Additionally, many species of amphibian and insect populations are becoming endangered as their habitats disappear.
In Costa Rica everyone wants to experience the rich biodiversity in the rainforests, but these habitats have been diminishing due to overdevelopment and careless land management. Extinction is forever, but sustainable resource development provides a lifeline to the future. Forests left intact or regenerated, absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide and is vital to replacing what has been lost, and to preserve what remains.
The tropical rainforest has immense biodiversity and our vision at the Butterfly Conservatory is to expand and maintain this demonstration project as an educational resource in Costa Rica to show what can be done in just a short period of time to regenerate previously cut rainforest. We hope to return as much of the Conservatory as possible to healthy second-growth forest for the sustainability of a healthy biodiversity that people can visit and appreciate for years to come.
Our goal at the Butterfly Conservatory is to “think globally and act locally” providing solutions through sustainable tourism by educating visitors, which also benefits the local community by motivating local ranchers and townspeople about how to best preserve and regenerate the forest’s biological diversity. There is clear evidence that planting and regenerating forests contribute to healthier air and water quality, and even small measures can make large differences in the atmosphere and health of the region and its inhabitants.