Children's Eternal Rainforest
Planning a trip to Monteverde, Arenal, or La Fortuna? Visit the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Costa Rica’s largest private reserve and a hotspot for biodiversity, ecotourism, bird watching, and hiking trails. The Bosque Eterno de los Niños (BEN) was founded by donations from children in 44 countries, and is run by a nonprofit conservation organization, the Monteverde Conservation League. Visit the Bajo del Tigre Reserve for an amazing contrast to the nearby cloud forest at Monteverde, or stay overnight at our field stations: San Gerardo and Pocosol.
Stations and Trails
To date, the main achievement of the Monteverde Conservation League has been to purchase and protect the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (BEN), and we continue to acquire critical, strategic pieces of land when funds are available.
Our main focus now, however, is securing economic and environmental stability, through our endowment fund and several key programs. Our full-time environmental educator works with students at more than 20 elementary schools, promoting stewardship and conservation for future generations. We are working to promote research in the BEN, in an effort to better understand and protect its ecosystems and biodiversity. Our reforestation program has provided more than 1 million trees for our neighbors over the past 30 years. And we are proud to work with many dedicated volunteers and interns on a variety of projects.