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    Avian technicians continue work on the long-term bird monitoring program established by BFREE and the UNC Wilmington. Photo by Kevin Fraser.

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    The Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) is home to 22 Hicatee turtles. This captive breeding facility was spearheaded by the Turtle Survival Alliance in an effort to save the critically endangered river turtle. Photo by Dustin Smith

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    Many BFREE field courses incorporate both terrestrial and marine components. A visit to the cayes is part of a typical itinerary. Photo courtesy of York University

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    The researcher compound at BFREE offers comfortable lodging, showers, and composting bathroom facilities.

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    BFREE’s cacao and coffee demonstration farm provides habitat for resident wildlife and a wealth of educational opportunities – Photo courtesy of Vermont Commons High School

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    Tracks are found almost daily around the reserve and provide evidence of healthy populations jaguars and other cats inhabiting the area. Photo by Sipriano Canti.


WHO ARE WE?

BFREE’s mission is “to conserve the biodiversity and cultural heritage of Belize.” As the only field station in this biologically important area, we seek to achieve our mission by successfully integrating scientific research, environmental education, and conservation initiatives in the Maya Mountains of Belize, while also enhancing sustainable development, providing alternative livelihoods, and ultimately improving the quality of life for Belizeans and visitors from abroad.

Vermont Commons School Documentary

"Out of the Classroom and into Belize" a video documentary of the Vermont Commons School BFREE trip by Mark Cline-Lucey

WHAT DO WE DO?

EDUCATION

Scientific investigations and home stays during BFREE field courses engage students in experiential learning and cultural immersion

RESEARCH

Research at BFREE explores the biodiversity of the Bladen Nature Reserve and other neighbouring protected areas

ECO-TOURISM

BFREE eco-tours introduce visitors to the rich diversity of culture and nature in Belize, while exposing them to the science of an active rainforest field station

The Rainforest is
Our Classroom!

Enjoy the documentary film highlighting BFREE field courses created by Richard and Carol Foster

WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?

BFREE JUNGLE BLOG

PHOTOS