HOW CAN YOU HELP?
OUR KEY FOCUS AREAS

Successful conservation is dependent on us making the change to 
a sustainable lifestyle, where a harmonious balance of social, 
environmental, and economic interests exists. Our strategy to ensure a sustainable future for the Ostional Refuge and Nosara focuses on the following key areas.

ENVIRONMENT

Funding for conservation
and research programs
——————
Educational experiences
that promote stewardship
——————
Initiatives improve
environmental health

COMMUNITY

Educational opportunities
for children and adults
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Participation in
stakeholder platforms
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Promotion of
community conservation

ECONOMY

Boost local economy
in the low season
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Training and logistical support for local collaborators (guides, transport, tour operators)
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Generate revenue
to support the Refuge

OUR PROGRAMS
OUR IMPACT
WILDLIFE
CONSERVATION
  • Support the management objectives of protected areas and their buffer zones
     

  • Lead and participate in marine and terrestrial wildlife and habitat protection and restoration initiatives

CONSERVATION
RESEARCH
  • Develop and implement research based on areas of conservation need
     

  • Provide logistical support and affordable housing for researchers, interns and volunteers
     

  • Establish partnerships with Costa Rican and international universities
     

  • Promote citizen science, the involvement of community in research

CONSERVATION
EDUCATION
  • Create a permanent cultural and natural history exhibit
     

  • Develop educational materials and programs
     

  • Offer hands-on field trip, after-school and vacation programs for children
     

  • Provide training for guides interns and volunteers
     

  • Produce short films and educational videos

COMMUNITY
OUTREACH
  • Provide office and meeting space, logistical and administrative support to local non-profits
     

  • Host community events (movie nights, concerts)
     

  • Offer activities and workshops to engage the community in our initiatives

SUSTAINABLE
TOURISM
  • Provide educational experiences
     

  • Offer high-quality nature tours in cooperation with existing operators
     

  • Promote only tour operators that meet predetermined environmental standards
     

  • Provide logistical support for the management of tourism
     

  • Promote rural and cultural tourism

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • Participate in land use planning, zoning and growth management initiatives
     

  • Provide inspiring educational materials and programs for residents and developers
     

  • Encourage the creation of nature and wildlife related small-businesses

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

ENVIRONMENT • SUSTAINABILITY • EDUCATION

WATER QUALITY 

Research / Education / Community Outreach

We monitor water quality to inform the community when it’s safe to get in the ocean, raise awareness about sources of pollution, and its impact on marine life. We develop materials and programs to empower the community to improve wastewater treatment systems. Our programs and initiatives include our Water Quality Updates, Data Dives, and Water Quality Challenges.

SEA TURTLES & MARINE LIFE

Education / Community Outreach / Wildlife Conservation

We study sea turtles and marine life and apply this knowledge to mitigate our impacts and better protect the marine ecosystem. By involving the local community in data collection and conservation activities, we empower them to protect this important natural resource.

BIODIVERSITY

Research / Wildlife Conservation / Sustainable Development

We are monitoring the diversity of life in the area to learn how development is impacting the balance of our ecosystem. By engaging the community and management authorities, we inspire behavioral and policy change towards sustainable development and improved wildlife conservation in the area.

THOUSANDS OF
TURTLES TOURS

Sustainable Tourism / Wildlife Conservation

This program brings the arribada experience to everyone in a sustainable manner. Our goal is to minimize the impact of tourism on sea turtles and other wildlife by providing awe-inspiring educational experiences and implementing sustainable tourism practices. We achieve this through a unique collaboration with the Refuge administration, local guides and other organizations that share our mission. All revenue is reinvested in promoting sustainable practices, scientific research and conservation initiatives in the area.

EDUCATION

Education / Wildlife Conservation / Community Outreach

We create audiovisual materials in line with everything we do to empower and educate others to become changemakers. 

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!

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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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