#GivingTuesday started last year as a charitable answer to the retail shopping days of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. This year, BFREE would like you to consider donating to our outreach education programs to schools in communities surrounding BFREE and the Bladen Nature Reserve.
Since 2007, BFREE has offered outreach programs to primary school students in the neighboring villages of Golden Stream, Trio, Bladen, Bella Vista, San Jose, Indian Creek, San Isidro and Medina Bank. These programs have taken the form of classroom visits and field trips and encourage students to learn about and appreciate the forests and wildlife in their backyard. With over 1700 students participating over the past six years, we are encouraged and excited to continue to grow these programs.
In response to the recent Harpy Eagle sightings near some of the communities, BFREE focused its efforts on Harpy Eagle awareness in 2012 and 2013. With the help of the Belize Zoo, we hosted five field trips in 2013 to the zoo so students could see Harpy Eagles up close and learn more about these amazing creatures. The Mountain Corporation helped support our efforts with donation of specially designed t-shirts to the project.
During the next two years, BFREE plans to expand our outreach focus to introduce students to agroforestry and investigate how cacao and other shade-grown crops become healthy homes for wildlife, including migratory birds who travel between the Canada, the United States and Central America. Help us to expand our curriculum to include agroforestry and offer more field trips to BFREE in 2014! Our goal is to raise $1,500 to host field trips for 5th grade students this year.