Can Chocolate Save the Rainforest?

Can chocolate save the rainforest? BFREE has been exploring this question for many years, beginning when our certified organic shade-grown cacao demonstration farm was planted in 2006. Since then we have worked diligently to provide educational opportunities and support for those interested in learning more about the benefits of shade-grown cacao. We have offered workshops and training […]

The Belize Cacao Agroforestry Handbook

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Bird Conservation, Blog, Education | No Comments
The Belize Cacao Agroforestry Handbook is now complete and available in Belize. A joint effort between BFREE and UNC Wilmington’s Department of Environmental Studies with significant input from experts at the Cocoa Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, the handbook describes the benefits of sustainable agriculture for humans, wildlife and forests. The 70-page […]

Home Stay: A Day in the Life

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Education | No Comments
An exciting part of many study abroad programs is a homestay. A homestay allows you to see how Belizeans truly live and immerses you into the culture. While staying at the BFREE station and campsites will show you a lot of Belize, the homestay will allow you to gain a better perspective of the culture […]

Primary School Book Drive

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Blog, Education | No Comments
Today, I’m writing to you as a reader and a lover of books.  Some of my fondest early memories involve Saturday morning visits to our neighborhood library in North Carolina. My dad and I would browse our favorite sections and leave with stacks of books.  When we reached home, he would recline in his chair […]

10 Tips for a Successful Trip!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, Education | No Comments
Preparing to study abroad can be a hectic time, you’re about to jump into a new environment with a different culture and it may be your first time out of the country.  Don’t sweat it, BFREE is here to help. With our ten tips for a successful trip you are bound to have an amazing […]

Finalist in Wildlife Vaasa Film Festival

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Bird Conservation, Blog, Education | No Comments
BFREE’s documentary film, “Wings of Hope,” was selected as a finalist in Finland’s Wildlife Vaasa – International Nature Film Festival. Created by Emmy-award winning filmmakers, Richard and Carol Foster of Wildlife Film Productions, and produced by Carol Foster and Jacob Marlin of BFREE, the film is about the re-discovery of wild Harpy Eagles in Belize.  “Wings […]

Latest Hicatee turtle hatchlings for the HCRC

  On May 6 and 7, four Hicatee turtles hatched under the watchful eyes of wildlife filmmakers, Richard and Carol Foster, who documented the exciting events. They captured this amazing footage. The Fosters’ were contracted by the Turtle Survival Alliance and BFREE to produce a short documentary film in order to to improve local awareness and appreciation […]

2016 Field Courses

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Blog, Education | No Comments
BFREE  hosted 210 students and instructors through our field courses this season. Groups came from the United States and from within Belize to engage in hands-on learning.  While at BFREE, students were introduced to on-going conservation projects at the field station like the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center and the cacao and coffee agroforest. Some students took the opportunity […]

Education Committee Advancing Education and Long-term monitoring at BFREE

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Blog, Education, Research | No Comments
BY DR. PETER ESSELMAN US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY and BFREE BOARD MEMBER The BFREE Education Committee was convened in late 2014 to help BFREE deliver the highest quality field courses possible. The committee is chaired by board member Dr. Peter Esselman (US Geological Survey), and composed of professors with long running study abroad programs at BFREE, […]

Rotary Wheeling to BFREE

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Blog, Education | No Comments
By Caitlin Addison-Howard, Rotary Toilet Project Coordinator Our group of Rotarians from Corozal Rotary Club #1794 was charged with bringing back information on a working composting toilet design. The toilet needed to meet a few requirements: low or no water use, a model that would improve the general health of students and an inexpensive and […]