Nature Now Partners

The students of Nature Now International thank our multi-disciplinary international team of collaborators, partners and advisors who have donated their time, creativity and resources towards our projects. Most importantly, their leadership and passion have helped to inspire our generation to take action on a grassroots level to help conserve our biodiversity and environment.

Every contribution fueled our passion and commitment to create NNI -- from discounts for our banners and business cards to loaning us museum exhibits and an observation hive of 9,000 stinging bees for research and outreach! Thank you to the wildlife reserves who gave us the chance to work hard in the field and to prove that young people can to contribute to conservation.

We are especially grateful to all the professors, veterinarians and wildlife experts who helped us to prepare for our projects by teaching us the ecology, biology and social science underlying each initiative. Over the years, they have opened up their doors to their laboratories and university offices, and they spoke to us over Skype from different continents. They worked with us to initiate a professional development workshop in Costa Rica for wildlife rehabilitation.

We will be forever grateful for all the great discussion and wisdom they have imparted to us as we have tried to grasp the complexities of conservation work and sustainable development. We have learned the importance of scientific research in the development of evidence based interventions and policy for the protection of the environment, a concept to which we will remain loyal especially in our shifting political climate.


Rodolfo Dirzo - Biology Professor, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Terry M. Norton - Director and Veterinarian, Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Johan Van Veen - Researcher and Professor, CINAT The Center for Tropical Beekeeping Research, University of Costa Rica

Anjan Ray – CSIR, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Director, Energy and Environment, specific interest in biofuels and climate change mitigation



CINAT The Center for Tropical Beekeeping Research, University of Costa Rica

Corcovado Foundation 

Endangered Wildlife Trust 


Hacienda Rio Oro 


Latin American Sea Turtles

Osa Conservation 


Reserva Playa Tortuga

SINAC-MINAE National System of Conserved Areas of Costa Rica (Costa Rica Ministry of Environment)

Academic Guidance for Specific NNI Topics

Noha Abou Madi - Section Chief of Zoological Medicine, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (Advisor in project to initiate and implement five day workshop for professional development in Costa Rica on health and rehabilitation of wildlife), 

Leon Blaustein - Professor of Ecology, Head Community Ecology Lab, Director, Kadas Green Roofs Ecology Research Center, University of Haifa, Israel Haifa, Israel (Topic: Why is Biodiversity important? )

Lisa Campbell - Social Scientist, Duke University Marine Lab, Durham, NC (Topics: Community Based Conservation effort, Ostional, Costa Rica, the sea turtle as an economic resource for community development)

Gerardo Chavez - Biologist, University of Costa Rica (Topics: Biology of the Sea Turtle, Arribada, Ostional, Costa Rica)

Jorge Cortes - Marine Biologist, CIMAR (Centro de Investigacion de Ciencias del Mar y Limonology) University of Costa Rica (Topics: Coral reef, climate change on marine biodiversity)

Terry Norton - Director and Veterinarian, Georgia Sea Turtle Center (Sea turtle monitoring programs, population studies, health and rehabilitation of sea turtles)

Guido Saborio - Research Director, Protected Areas Department, Osa, Costa Rica, Ministry of Environment (Conservation of sea turtles, biodiversity of terrestrial mammals in the rainforest)

Kristen Thomson - Teacher, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Saratoga High School, Saratoga, California

Johan Van Veen - Researcher, CINAT The Center for Tropical Beekeeping Research, University of Costa Rica (Topic: Bee conservation, sustainability, pollination, organization of hive)

Education and Outreach

Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation 


Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Kids Saving the Rainfores

Lapas Rio Eco-Lodge 

Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge

Punta Marenco Lodge 

Reserva Playa Tortuga