Ocean Guardian Journey – ASANA
Provide cutting edge environmental education on topics such as watershed protection, biological corridors and biosphere reserves
With a marine surface that is 10 times bigger than the terrestrial Costa Rica’s oceans are a true blue asset. Including the famous World Heritage Site Cocos Island, whom Jacques Cousteau “the most beautiful island in the world”, Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline (212 km on the Caribbean coast and 1,016 km on the Pacific). These oceans shelter at least 6,777 species, representing 3.5% of known species in the planet. Ensure Costa Rica a “blue” future by contributing to the development of ocean stewards.
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The Ocean Guardian program leverages the knowledge, skills and resources of three local non-profit organizations to increase the capacity of local youth between the ages of 6 -25 to manage their communities assets, including the Marino Ballena National Park. Created in 1989 to protect coral reefs and the visiting humpback whales, the park’s conservation area covers 110 land hectares and 5,385 ocean hectares, and is touted as being the first marine park in all of Latin America. It was listed by National Geographic as one of ten best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin watching.
Provide cutting edge environmental education on topics such as watershed protection, biological corridors and biosphere reserves.
Bahía Ballena and Uvita are small towns located in Costa Ballena on the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, roughly 3.5 hours away from the capital San José. While the area is gaining popularity among travelers, it still remains relatively undeveloped, maintaining the gorgeous scenery and the laid-back feel of pura vida.
Bahía Ballena-Uvita is located within the county of Osa. The greater Osa area includes the peninsula of Osa and the neighboring Golfito area, a place that contains 3% of the world’s biodiversity, 50% of Costa Rica’s biodiversity and is declared by National Geographic as the “most biologically intense place on Earth.” However, it is also one of the poorest regions of Costa Rica, with social indicators placing Osa and Golfito in the top decile of poverty in the country with a poverty rate of approximately 37%.
Environmental Education, Field Trips, Investigation, Workshops