Monteverde Institute - blog

Education and research in a sustainable and peaceful community / Educación e investigación en una comunidad sostenible y pacífica - Monteverde, Costa Rica.

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Square out the Details

Right behind the Monteverde Institute you can find yourself immerse in a forest full of wonders and amazing diversity. Nature, as is life, is full of details; some look for the obvious, but in nature many times the magic can also be subtler. These are photos taken from a 15-minute hike in “Wonderland”. I hope someday to share the wonders of exploring nature with more time!

“Costa Rica contains over 500,000 species- or 4% of al species estimated to exist Worldwide. The entire United States, by comparison, has half the number of species that live in Costa Rica, with 200 times more land, and, thousands of species still await Discovery.” Trend Larsen

With this I would like to invite you to visit two interesting places that are part of the Institute:

32-Acre Campus:

“The Monteverde Institute’s 32-acre campus is located in the heart of the Monteverde community, adjacent to the historic Monteverde Cheese Factory.  The campus backs up to hundreds of acres of lush protected cloud forest.  The foot print for classrooms and administrative office is intentionally kept small and the buildings themselves incorporate the best building practices for sustainability in our tropical climate including treatment of grey water and rain water, use of biodegradable products in our kitchens and restrooms, use of high efficacy and available lighting, composting and recycling. 

Dwight & Rachel Crandell Memorial Reserve

During their lifetimes, Dwight & Rachel Crandell were much loved conservationists and supporters of the Monteverde Institute and the Monteverde Zone in general.  Following his passing in 2008 and her passing in 2010, the Monteverde Institute, in partnership with the Costa Rican Conservation Foundation (FCC), has turned what was once land owned by the Institute into a conservation land trust administered by the FCC. This 32-acre area is formally known as the Dwight and Rachel Crandell Memorial Reserve and is home to a network of hiking trails through primary and secondary cloud forest.  The property is bordered by Bosque Eternal.”

by: Selena Avendaño MVI


Justo detrás del Instituto te puedes encontrar emergido en una bosque lleno de maravillas y una diversidad espectacular. La naturaleza, como la vida, está llena de detalles; algunos buscan lo obvio, pero naturalmente  la magia puede ser a veces más sutil. Estas son fotografías tomadas en una caminata de 15 minutos en “el País de las Maravillas”. Espero algún día poder compartir la maravilla de explorar la naturaleza con más tiempo. 

por: Selena Avendaño MVI