The Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S)

Encouraging the creation of a social, environmental, and cultural network by promoting partnerships within Belize and internationally.

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About The Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S)

For a comfortable and personalized tropical experience

The Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S) is a small grassroots ecological conservation organization that has established a great little research and education center, the T.R.E.E.S Research Center, nestled in the foothills of one of the prestige Belize Maya Mountains. We are a small biologist-managed facility, with a focus on wildlife ecology research and post-secondary education. However, we believe strongly that ecological conservation can only happen with community involvement, and thus we also provide a wide range of community programs to members of our community and involve locals in all aspects of our research and education initiatives.

We are centrally located in the country, a short drive from the Caribbean Sea and a number of marine stations, easily accessible off the Hummingbird Highway, and yet we boast some of the highest biodiversity the country has to offer.

We specialize in group hosting, particularly for University student groups, but also happily take in eco-tourism groups and individuals that are interested in experiencing what it is like staying at an operational research station. We can arrange all portions of your group’s course or tour in Belize through our Canadian Study Abroad partner company, Ecorana Environmental Ltd. (, so if you would like to add a marine component or other experiences or locations to your course, we are happy to assist! In partnership with this company, we provide strong ecology education opportunities at all levels of education, and also offer personalized individual on-the-job ecology training through Ecorana’s environmental summer internship program. Therefore, if you want a comfortable and personalized tropical ecology experience, either as a researcher, educator, student, or eco-tourist, we guarantee that our services and facilities will be exactly what you are looking for.
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In my travels to wilderness hotspots in various tropical parts of the world – West Indies, East Africa, India, Seychelles, Comoro Islands, Madagascar, New Zealand, Hawaii etc – I have come across few places that can match Toucan Ridge for sheer biodiversity that is really accessible – there is even a bus stop right there! To have rainforest pristine enough for jaguars, right next to stream and overgrown-orchard habitats, is truly exceptional. Bird netting there for just a few days in March provided the most diverse catches I have had anywhere. In addition to the biology, the bonus is the infrastructure at Toucan Ridge which is exceptionally comfortable and user-friendly, with many other exceptional ecosystems within a short distance of the site. Mat and Vanessa provide truly knowledgeable and helpful support, and the food is great! This is definitely an outstandingly high-quality facility.
Dr.Tony DiamondPhDUniversity of New Brunswick




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