TortuGuiones Founder and President Vanessa Bezy has been working with Earth Equilibrium, Del Mar Academy, and the Harmony Hotel on a project to develop tools that promote environmental education in schools participating in the Ecological Blue Flag Program (Programa Bandera Azul Ecológico) across Costa Rica.

The project, “Guardianes de la Naturaleza,” was made possible by support from the Guanacaste Community Fund, Nosara Civic Association, Harmony Hotel, and Lagarta Lodge. This environmental education initiative is also part of Tortuguiones’ involvement in creating a biological corridor for the Rio Nosara, which will connect the protected areas of Monte Alto and Diría to the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge.

Twelve teachers and supervisors from around Costa Rica attended a training workshop for the pilot program on June 26 at Lagarta Lodge. The program is expected to expand to include a larger portion of Blue Flag schools next year and eventually to include all schools participating in the program.

On June 24 TortuGuiones also held a beach marker maintenance session. Volunteers touched up paint and replaced markers that have gone missing. These markers are a standard way for staff, volunteers, or tourists to report and record sea turtle activity across the entire wildlife refuge.

You can be a volunteer too. It´s as easy as remembering to report sightings of nesting turtles or hatchlings to TortuGuiones at