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 Hosting 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. (www.ecorana.ca), 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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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

After spending a week at T.R.E.E.S this past summer, I feel that I have grown as a student, a scientist, and a person with the T.R.E.E.S directors and staff’s help. So many wonderful memories made despite having to confront a lot of fears and personal limitations…I am certainly more of a “city-girl.”  But I honestly did end up enjoying myself! I decided to come on this trip to challenge myself and I feel that I came out of it with even more than I was hoping for: friends, fun, once in a lifetime opportunities and unique stories.  I am planning to continue into a career that involves mainly educational programming and outreach. The opportunity to conduct the community survey with T.R.E.E.S was an invaluable experience that reaffirmed my interest in that type of work.  Conservation requires community support and support comes from interest instigated through knowledge.  We can really make a difference and that is heart-warming to see and take part in.  
MichelleI.S.I.S. studentUniversity of Iowa

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