The mission of this Nature Park is to promote environmental awareness through exciting up-close and personal encounters with nature. These experiences bring you and your family insights and an appreciation for the vital role reforestation plays in the environment.
As a result of reforestation efforts throughout the past 25 years the Nature Park has become home and feeding grounds to over 225 bird species, half of the species in Sarapiqui, giving it one of the highest diversities of bird species in Costa Rica.
The Nature Park has converted a small patch of oil palm into a thriving ecotourism business centered around people’s love of the Central American nation’s stunning diversity of wildlife. The Nature Park offers nature trails and facilities to view birds, poison dart frogs, and other wildlife. As part of your time helping here, you can also see dozens of species of birds during a single day trip – over 230 types of birds have been recorded at the site, nearly a quarter of the total number found in the United States.
The goal of the Nature Park is to acquire more land and expand the reforestation project to reclaim more habitat. Our passion for protecting and increasing habitat will continue to shape the future and direction of the Nature Pavilion.
The most popular volunteer activity for all ages is the design and creation of world class nature photography setups. You can help gather vines and branches from the jungle trails and flowers from the botanical gardens. You then learn how to create and construct the setups which guests from around the world use to take award winning photos.
Other volunteer activities include:
-tree planting and nursery maintenance
-fruit preparation and placement on wildlife feeders
-distributing biomass to attract fruit flies for the poison dart frogs
-prepping, filling and cleaning the hummingbird feeders
Accommodation in Sarapiqui
Surrounded by lush green forests and banana plantations, this popular city was once just a small port town. Located at the junction of the Puerto Viejo River and Sarapiqui River, this is quickly becoming a popular destination for adventure-seeking tourists and nature enthusiasts. And for good reason as this area has much to offer.
Several protected zones such as Braulio Carrillo National Park and La Selva Biological Station are within a close distance as well as the adventure mecca, the Sarapiquí River.
At the base, north of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí is the gateway to many outstanding locations and activities in the area. Many popular and still active volcanoes, like the Poás Volcano, along the ranges to the southwest are within driving distance. Heading a little further to the east gets you to Tortuguero National Park and Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge on the Caribbean coast. Once you enter the area, it is not hard to see why it is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica.
The Sarapiquí River provides incredible class I through IV white-water rafting and kayaking that will keep your heart pounding. A more tranquil option would be one of the many river excursions available exposing the dense vegetation and scenic wildlife. Visitors have the opportunity of seeing caiman, sloths, monkeys and even crocodiles along the shore.
An amazing spectacle is the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The series of five waterfalls are some of the most spectacular in the country. The grounds also have the world’s largest butterfly observatory, and a garden with 24 different species of hummingbirds.
Adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and La Selva Biological Station, Rara Avis was created in an effort to preserve the natural rainforest and explore the economic value it possess to thwart any future destruction thereof. Many (muddy) hiking trails are set up to explore the area. Monkeys, coatimundis and anteaters are the most commonly viewed mammals. Another 102 species of reptiles and amphibians and over 360 species of birds make up the biodiversity in Rara Avis. Many projects in conservation and biodiversity can be witnessed first-hand.