Reserve uses crowd funding for program

Reserva Playa Tortuga has turned to crowd funding in an effort to raise $3,500 to hire an environmental educator half time.

The non-profit reserve says it is developing a pilot environmental education program in the canton of Osa which will go to  18 schools and about 1,100 students

The reserve has set up a page on the  Indiegogo crowd funding Web site. The idea is that anyone checking the site can make a donation to the project. The reserve’s goal of $3,500 is relatively modest when compared to other solicitations on the site.

If the goal is exceeded, the non-profit will use the money to purchase equipment like binoculars and nets, it said.

In an email, the reserve said that it originally was set up in 2009 to protect the turtles at Playa Tortuga, but that the research has expanded into other areas that the new program will impart to local students.

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