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Curriculum Development 

Educating the NEXT Generation

What better way to teach children about the species of the rainforest  than to bring them face-to-face with nature!  NNI has spent years inspiring youth in Costa Rican and California to help protect the wildlife and the environment. For the youth who may live in the cities or in underserved areas, NNI brings nature to them.  Complimenting the common core curriculum,  NNI developed and implemented curriculi in conservation and enviornmental studies in the pubic school system in California.   Thanks to our friends at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in the United States and Kids Saving the Rainforest in Costa Rica, 95 children in an underserved area of California and 20 children on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica,  met sloths and sea turtles and each other through distance learning on skype.   California and Costa Rican children discuss pollution,  global warming,  and what they can do save the rainforest and marine life! 

Ceramic art donated by Petroglyph

2017 program pending
2016 Wonders of the Rainforest, Christopher School, San Jose, CA ​
  • Designed and implemented interactive and multi-sensory curriculum in conservation on external features and adaptations of wildlife, important role of student conservation biodiversity of the rainforest, interdependence of habitats and ecosystemsC

  • Partners: Formed international collaborative team of experts to teach via Skype video conference: Kids Saving the Rainforest, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (live viewing of sloth), Reserva Playa Tortuga, Ojachal, Costa Rica, Biologist, MelissaJimenez(skeletalanatomyofmarineturtles) h ttp://, Georgia Sea Turtle Center (live viewing of marine turtles in veterinary facility), Petrolyglyph, ceramic art, Los Gatos, CA 

Learning about sea turtle conservation

2015 Sea Turtles Conservation 


  • Designed and implemented curriculum in conservation, flagship species: Marine Turtles Themes: life cycle, habitat, external features and adaptations of wildlife, natural and human threats to extinction, how children (on the coast of Costa Rica and in the city in California) can help save the turtle,  its habitat,  its ecosystem and the planet! 

  • Partners: Formed international collaborative team of experts to teach via Skype video conference: Biologist, Melissa Jimenez, Reserva Playa Tortuga; Live viewing of rescued marine turtles in veterinary facility, Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Discussions with students via Skype at schools on Pacific Coast of Ojochal, Costa Rica, (Escuela Punta Mala) 

Professional Development
Training of Wildlife Experts 

NNI knocks on the door of a Wildlife Reserve in Costa Rica,  initiates an international collaboration to bring a five-day workshop of world renowned veterinarians, pathologists, and biologist on the Health and Rehabilitation of Sea Turtles and Wildlife to train 60 local wildlife experts.  Thanks to Dr. Noha Abou-Madi ( Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr. Terry Norton (Director,  Georgia Sea Turtle Center) and other visiting experts,   60 local Costa Ricans wildlife experts from the civil, private and government sectors were trained in annual workshop for 2 years on Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  

Teacher Workshop 

NNI "attends" Teacher Training Workshop in Costa Rica via telecommunications on Skype and presents the Importance of Student Conservation Work and Role of Distance Learning  


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Interactive, Mutli-sensory Activities in Community  

Multi-sensory activities to teach about the creatures of the rainforest. NNI received the generous donations and support by Costa Rican- based, Eco-Creations and California-based, Petroglyph,  ceramic artists and art studios that helped bring the rainforest into churches, classrooms and schools of underserved communities.  

2013 Costa Rica - Environmental
Rights and Responsibilities Workshop


Nature Now International was chosen by Reserva Playa Tortuga, wildlife reserve on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, to assist in elementary student workshop.  Students learned about the scientific method with cocoons and butterflies with Biologist Melissa Jimenez from Reserva Playa Tortuga. 

Students learn about the scientific method 

Biologist Melissa Jimenez with NNI at elementary school in Costa Rica 

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