Campaign for Sustainability

Fundraising Campaigns of the Monteverde Institute

Habitat Restoration and Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in the Tropics

The Monteverde Institute and the Fundacion Conservacionista Costarricense distributed over 14,000 trees this past year to local reforestation projects.  These trees serve to replace missing forests in the tropical region of Monteverde.

The trees also sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide as they grow into mature trees.   Rough estimates for carbon dioxide sequestration in the tropics are as high as 50kg per year  per tree in the initial 20 to 50 years of its growth;  a total of  1 metric tonne of carbon dioxide in a 20 year growing period.

Our travel and household energy use emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  If you would like to offset your carbon dioxide additions to the atmosphere, use the chart below to calculate the number of trees necessary to sequester your carbon dioxide emissions.  We will commit to plant and care for these trees.  The quantity of trees required to offset the emissions include the seedling mortality, per our data. We will send a certificate stating when and where the trees were planted.




# trees to plant to offset the emission

Donation amount

4000 mile flight (round trip)

1.7 tonnes per passenger

4 trees

$ 20

6000 mile flight (round trip)

2.8 tonnes per passenger

6 trees

$ 30

12000 mile flight (round trip)

5.6 tonnes per passenger

12 trees

$ 60

Average car emissions

6 tonnes per year

9 trees

$ 45

Average household electricity use

>6 tonnes per year

9 trees

$ 45

Minimum carbon emission per person per year (US)

8.5 tonnes per year

13 trees

$ 65


The $5 cost per tree includes tree production (native species only), transport and planting, and weed maintenance for two years.

Not only will you be helping the planet, you will be helping the tropical animals that depend upon it.

Adopt a Stream Program

Adopt-A-Stream Program

The Adopt-A-Stream program is a unique platform for hand-on education regarding supporting the conservation, preservation, and ecology of natural resources in the Monteverde area.   This program involves the active participation of high school students in conducting scientific research by sampling and testing water samples in several streams around the community of Monteverde and Santa Elena. 

Students participating in the program gain practical knowledge and skills that help them better understand the relations between human actions and water quality and conservation.

Each session of the Adopt-A-Stream program costs $175 and provides local high school students with the opportunity to learn about water quality, water conservation, and ecology.

During the 2016-17 school year we plan to execute 30 sessions of the Adopt-A-Stream program with the three high schools in the region (total cost of $5250).  We invite you to be part of this by contributing to  cover the cost of one or more sessions.

Other current needs associated to this program are general supplies (rubber waders, boots, nets, etc USD$ 3,000) and a microscope and stereomicroscope with camara ($7,000).

For more information go to: Adopt-a-Stream

Summer Camp for Children

Summer Camp

Recreation and cultural activities are limited for the young residents of Monteverde (between the ages of 12 to 20 years old). While the region is rich in biodiversity and well known as an eco-tourism destination,  the area lacks sports facilities and cultural spaces where young people can enjoy a safe environment as they grow and develop together.  The Summer Camp at the Monteverde Institute has addressed some of the educational, recreational, and cultural needs encountered by the local youth.  During its five years of implementation, the Camp has attracted a great number of participants, both as leaders and as campers.

The Monteverde Institute is looking forward to expand our commitment to our local youth by providing unique opportunities for self and community development, and you can be a special partner on this endeavor.

We are committed to work with other local organizations to expand this annual activity into a fully developed youth program with the main goal of contributing to the integral formation of young people in the area of Monteverde.  We propose a multidisciplinary approach that includes recreation, arts, community service, outdoor education, self-development, social life, and prevention.  Meanwhile, we will continue organizing and developing the Homiguitas Summer Camp as an alternative for our youths.

Please, consider supporting the Summer Camp by sponsoring a child. The total cost for a child to participate in the program for the full week is $400.  That amount will cover all transportation, food, activities, and training cost.

For more informations please visit: Campa de Hormiguitas.

Community Health Program

Local Production and Nutrition 

The Community Health Program of the Monteverde Institute aims to support food security practices by providing opportunities for local food production and nutrition education to the local community.  We have tested home garden models over the past several years and the most successful is the table garden, a raised bed that is just over 1 meter tall. This particular table garden does not require a large space, is portable, raised to a comfortable height that alleviates the need to bend over (increasing its use for all ages) and provides access to a variety of crops in support of good nutrition practices with economic savings for local families.   The goal is to distribute 30 more table gardens in 2017.


Geographical Information System (GIS) The generation and analysis of relevant geographical information is critical to climatological, biological, and social research. In this program, the Monteverde Institute seeks to advance the collection, analysis, and divulgation of geographical information in support of applied research and practical action, including supporting the local urban planning. At the same time, it will provide specialized and technical services on GIS to the community in support of public policy and information. The total budget for this program is $8,500 to cover GIS software licenses, main hardware, and program management, estimated as follows: • GIS software: $5,000 • Hardware: $1,500 • Program management $2,000.

The “Living Book” Project

The “Living Book” Project 

Monteverde is a region rich in oral and cultural history and well known as a multi-cultural zone. However, little exists about the history of the Monteverde Zone in accessible and permanent formats, especially the history before the Quakers arrived. 

The Monteverde Institute is organizing a series of activities known as “The Living Book” with the goal of promoting the oral and cultural history of the different communities of the Monteverde Zone, as well as creating a space for learning about our community, its people and their history. It’s an event designed to be simple yet meaningful to the participants. 

We want to live broadcast the ‘Living Book” events to expand the accessibility for people to watch and listen.  We also propose to archive high quality recordings for post-event references and the production of a written transcription of the sessions.  This will support the knowledge, research, and understanding of the local history of the communities in the Monteverde Zone. 

Each session of the Living Book project costs $350.00 and we plan to conduct a total of 5 events during next fiscal year. In total, we are aiming to raise $2,000 to cover the project and its associated costs.

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