Women for Conservation seeks to provide and facilitate Conservation Education change the future of conservation by empowering women to pursue careers in conservation.
This project will jumpstart a new generation of conservationists by providing 90 women from rural Colombian communities with a three-month specialized training course taught by professionals in the field. Many of the women this program seeks to engage have been exposed to violence, deprived of education, and have had little, if any, opportunity for career training.
Your donation will open the door to a new future for these women by providing them instruction, equipment, and access to a supportive professional network of other women working in environmental stewardship. By focusing efforts in rural communities near areas of vital ecological importance, the program will allow participants to concentrate their efforts right in the ecosystems that most need their help.
With this training course, women will be prepared for jobs as forest guards, naturalists, and reserve rangers. The 90 women will travel to the ProAves reserves of Santa Marta, Tangaras, and Paujil.
Lessons will include:
- Local ecology, including watersheds, rainforest ecosystems, and environmental threats
- Ecological restoration and reforestation with native plants
- Bird identification and birding
- Amphibians, mammals, and insects
- Tour guide and naturalist basics
- Impacts of climate change
- Family planning and reproductive rights
- Use of equipment, binoculars, field guides, checklists, cameras, and apps like e-Bird
Even a small donation to this program goes a long way!
Transportation for one participant for the entire course is just $10.
All lodging and meals for one woman can be covered by only $16.
You can gift a participant a backpack with field supplies for $45.
All workshop supplies for one woman can be purchased for $150.