Organization's Mission: Based in Costa Rica, the Nectandra Institute works to promote the conservation and restoration of the mountainous cloud forest ecosystems of Costa Rica through public education, scientific research, and watershed stewardship.
The video that follows explains some of Nectandra's projects. To learn more, please visit their website!
Why it's important to us: Growing up in Costa Rica, I was surrounded by nature. The lakes, the fields and the JUNGLE were my home. When I was putting together this round, it felt like an homage to the home country of my heart and I knew that the donation would have to go back there. As the video above explains, it will be an ongoing effort to protect Costa Rica's natural landscapes as the population grows and more foreigners move in as well. The great thing about it is that there is truly a motivation to keep those natural areas and this Institute, along with many others, show that the efforts are being put in from the get-go rather than waiting until the last dire moment. Costa Rica will always hold a very special place in my heart and I hope that my daughter will be able to enjoy the lush landscapes as much as I did when I was a child (and still!).