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“WE CANNOT PROTECT THE WORLD’S WILDLIFE UNLESS WE ALSO PROTECT THE NEEDS OF THE HUMANS THAT RELY ON IT.”

—GAIA VINCE, "RESCUE OF THE OLIVE RIDLEY SEA TURTLE"

A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF SEA TURTLES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AT THE OSTIONAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IN COSTA RICA.

ENVIRONMENT • SUSTAINABILITY • EDUCATION

ENVIRONMENT

Scientific research allows us to make informed and strategic management
and conservation decisions
for the environment.

SUSTAINABILITY

A healthy balance between social, environmental, and economic interests ensures successful conservation and a sustainable future.

EDUCATION

Building a better understanding of our environment and how we interact with it  inspires a new generation of change makers.

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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

ENVIRONMENT • SUSTAINABILITY • EDUCATION

ESPAÑOL
Our focus is wildlife conservation, the environment, education, community outreach, sustainable tourism, and sustainable development. Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Association's key focus areas and programs.
Learn about wildlife conservation, sea turtles, biodiversity, sustainability, and water quality monitoring with our educational programming in English and Spanish on YouTube and Facebook.
OUR EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
THOUSANDS OF
TURTLES TOURS

THOUSANDS OF TURTLES PRIVATE TOURS BY SPECIAL REQUEST ONLY DUE TO COVID-19

Duration: 2 hrs (tour times vary, start times typically 5–7 am or 3–8 pm)

Meeting Point: Bar Las Brisas, Ostional

Price: starting from $250 for up to 4 people, $40 each additional person up to 8 

Join us on an awe-inspiring educational experience to witness thousands of turtles nesting at Ostional. Local guide, community fund donation, taxes and fees are included. Book now and we'll take care of the rest. 

 

What to wear/bring: Arrive 15 minutes early. Wear comfortable, dark clothing. Wear closed toed shoes. Long sleeve shirts/pants recommended for those prone to mosquito bites. Bring rain gear (May–November).

What’s included: Meet an expert, local tour guide, personal headset, informational leaflet, certificate, reusable bag, sticker, donation to the community fund, taxes and fees

BLUE SEAS TOURS:
HALF-DAY BOAT EXPEDITIONS

Duration: 4 hrs (7–11 am or 2–6 pm))


Meeting Point: Pilos Bar, Playa Garza


Price: starting from $70 PAX for up to 10 people 


Go on a boat expedition with National Geographic explorer and marine biologist Dr. Vanessa Bezy. Have the opportunity to observe sea turtles mating and swimming in the open ocean, as well as other marine life such as dolphins and rays, stop at a shipwreck to snorkel and learn about coral reef ecosystems.


What to wear/bring:
Arrive 15 minutes early. Wear light, comfortable clothing, flip flops or barefoot. Bring reusable water bottle, sun protection, bathing suit, towel.


What’s included: 
drinks, snacks, snorkels, fins, comfortable boat with bathroom and shade, laminated educational sheets and field guides

DIVE DEEPER EXPEDITION:
CUSTOM MULTI-DAY PACKAGE

Duration: 3 days


Meeting Point: your hotel or vacation rental


Price: starting from $245 PAX for up to 10 people

Dive deeper with our immersive 3 day Dive Deeper Expedition at The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Head out on a boat excursion to observe sea turtles and marine life in the ocean. Snorkel and learn about coral reef ecosystems. Visit a sea turtle hatchery. Witness the arribadas—a year-round simultaneous sea turtle nesting event. Experience pura vida (pure life) with Costa Rican lunch and dinner. Plus more!

What to wear/bring:
Arrive 15 minutes early. Wear light, comfortable clothing, flip flops or barefoot. Bring reusable water bottle, sun protection, bathing suit, towel.

What’s included:

drinks, snacks, snorkels, fins, comfortable boat with bathroom and shade, roundtrip transportation in a shared shuttle van, donation to the refuge

WCA TOURS
OUR PROGRAMS
Immerse yourself in our educational tours and activities. Take an adventure and dip your toes into our one day tours and activities. Dive into our Dive Deeper Expeditions. Book a tour that fits your area of interests. From sea turtle tours to wildlife photography to nature tours, we have a wide range of tour packages. Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Association's tours and activities.
DONATE TO
OUR CAUSE

Our work is made possible by generous donors. Donate to the cause and help us ensure a sustainable future for the Ostional Refuge.

PARTNERSHIPS
& MEMBERSHIPS

Join us to make a difference through a individual or family membership or institutional partnership. Become a change maker now!

WCA AMAZON
WISH LIST

Donate with an in-kind donation from our amazon wishlist. Pack it in your suitcase. Contact us when you arrive. Donate locally too!

OUR EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
Learn about wildlife conservation, sea turtles, biodiversity, sustainability, and water quality monitoring with our educational programming in English and Spanish on YouTube and Facebook.
Be ocean minded and reduce your carbon footprint with WCA sustainable apparel and merchandise. Say goodbye to the fast fashion industry and its unsustainable business practices and production processes. Be a knowledgeable consumer about a product's lifecycle and its impact on wildlife and the environment. Check out our sustainable and fashionable apparel and merchandise.

ENVIRONMENT • SUSTAINABILITY • EDUCATION

A PLANET IN BALANCE

Our mission is a planet in balance. The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for hosting large mass-nesting events and featuring the densest concentrations of sea turtles on Earth. The area’s burgeoning tourism-driven development may threaten local wildlife, human health, and the economy. Thanks to existing efforts at the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge tourism and development have been managed sustainably to date. Sustainability can only be achieved through a strong collaboration between conservation managers, non-profits, and the community.

 

We are continuously working towards accomplishing our mission and unite individuals and organizations that believe in a regenerative future for our planet. How can you help? Become a change maker now.

A PLANET IN BALANCE

Our mission is a planet in balance. The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for hosting large mass-nesting events and featuring the densest concentrations of sea turtles on Earth. The area’s burgeoning tourism-driven development may threaten local wildlife, human health, and the economy. Thanks to existing efforts at the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge tourism and development have been managed sustainably to date. Sustainability can only be achieved through a strong collaboration between conservation managers, non-profits, and the community.

 

We are continuously working towards accomplishing our mission and unite individuals and organizations that believe in a regenerative future for our planet. How can you help? Become a change maker now.

A PLANET IN BALANCE

Our mission is a planet in balance. The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for hosting large mass-nesting events and featuring the densest concentrations of sea turtles on Earth. The area’s burgeoning tourism-driven development may threaten local wildlife, human health, and the economy. Thanks to existing efforts at the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge tourism and development have been managed sustainably to date. Sustainability can only be achieved through a strong collaboration between conservation managers, non-profits, and the community.

 

We are continuously working towards accomplishing our mission and unite individuals and organizations that believe in a regenerative future for our planet. How can you help? Become a change maker now.

OUR FUTURE

We have achieved a lot so far, but our ambition goes further. Our goal is to establish a campus which focuses on sustainability and protecting the environment. The Ostional Nosara Sustainability Campus represents an effort to fulfill the social, economic, and environmental needs of the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding communities. This initiative co-lead by the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, the Nosara Civic Association, and the Wildlife Conservation Association will enable and strengthen the existing participatory conservation model by promoting collaborative initiatives for sustainable development in the area.
 

 

The Campus will bring the local, expat and tourist communities and initiatives together to protect the environment and improve the quality of life in the area. With your help, we can make it possible. How can you help? Become a change maker now.

“WE CANNOT PROTECT THE WORLD’S WILDLIFE UNLESS WE ALSO PROTECT THE NEEDS OF THE HUMANS THAT RELY ON IT.”

—GAIA VINCE, "RESCUE OF THE OLIVE RIDLEY SEA TURTLE"

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ABOUT US
The Wildlife Conservation Association is a non-profit in Costa Rica dedicated to promoting wildlife conservation through scientific research, community engagement, and immersive educational experiences that inspire sustainable living. (Cédula Jurídica 3-002-787658)

LOCATION

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional Guanacaste, Costa Rica

CONTACT US

info@wcanosara.org

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