Getting Involved from Home

In addition to providing support here on the ground in Panama, there are many ways for you to help our programs run smoothly from home. There are three key ways in which you can have an enormous impact from afar: donate online, send supplies, and spread the word.

Donate Online

A small donation can go a long way, and we rely heavily on modest contributions to get projects started and keep them going. The preserve is only accessible by boat, and fuel is one of our most costly expenses. Additionally, the tropical climate wreaks havoc on our supplies, which need to be replaced constantly.

  • $5 covers the cost of a machete, without which it is impossible to traverse thick jungle
  • $10 funds the construction of a rain gauge
  • $15 supplies a pair of work boots for three months
  • $25 allows us to purchase supplies to research sedimentation on the coral reefs
  • $40 enables us to study the ecological role of a culturally significant plant species
  • $70 provides supplies for a gardening project with a local school
  • $150 allows us to transport and feed a small school group on an overnight fieldtrip to the jungle
  • $250 enables several researchers to live in the jungle for one week to study bird migratory pathways by day and nocturnal mammal distributions by night

Send Supplies

Equipment wears out quickly in the tropics and there are always items that we need more of but cannot get ahold of from nearby sources. If you see anything from the list below lying around in your garage unused, consider donating it. It’s tax deductible!
To coordinate donating supplies, send an email to:

  • Waterproof cases, all sizes
  • Binoculars
  • Printer
  • Handheld GPS devices
  • Waterproof paper
  • Tape measures
  • Microscopes, slides, covers
  • Clinometers
  • Write-in-the-rain notebooks
  • Conservation textbooks
  • Temperature loggers
  • Tropical ID guides
  • Falcon tubes
  • Hand nets
  • Plant press
  • Motion sensor cameras
  • Diameter tape
  • Flagging tape
  • Water quality tests
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Tally counter clickers
  • Assorted camping gear: hammocks, lanterns, headlamps, mosquito nets, tents, etc.

Spread the Word

There are many ways to be involved with this project from afar that do not require you to donate online or send supplies. We encourage you to reach out to friends and family to spread the word. You never know who might have some of the items from our list lying in the garage. If you have any questions about how to get involved with this project from abroad, let us know!

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