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Facilities at MVI

32 Acre Campus

The Monteverde Institute’s 32 acre campus is located in the heart of the Monteverde community, adjacent to the historic Monteverde Cheese Factory.  The campus backs up to hundreds of acres of lush, protected cloud forest.  The foot print for classrooms and administrative office is intentionaly kept small and the buildings themselves incorporate the best building practices for sustainability in our tropical climate including treatment of grey water and rain water, use of biodegradable products in our kitchens and restrooms, use of high efficacy and available lighting, composting and recycling. 

Classrooms

MVI has a variety of classrooms available. These include:

  • One  large classroom with capacity for 30 people
  • The “Fox Maple Building” with room for 20 people (first floor and loft); which can be divided for smaller classrooms or left open for use as studio space.
  • Two 10-person classrooms
  • Three small classrooms for groups of six
  • Outdoor tables and seating areas for group work and relaxation.

Outdoor Classroom

The newest addition to our campus, the Outdoor Classroom. A truly collaborative effort between local builders, the Sustainable Futures Program, the Goucher-Mount Holyoke Program and others, along with staff and volunteers has meant a unique and beautiful classroom space. It has been designed to be multi-functional and can transform from an traditional academic space to a yoga/meditation studio, an outdoor lab, or a simple, peaceful refuge from the rain. The construction has showcased artisanal building techniques combined with alternative materials, including non-native woods harvested from MVI land and recycled glass bottles from the community. We invite everyone to come and see it!

Auditorium

With capacity for 100 people, the auditorium is available as classroom space, a meeting hall, and for public presentations.  The community enjoys films, music, theater, and culture events in the auditiorium.

John & Doris Campbell Library

The John and Doris Campbell Library was created with the generous support of John and Doris Campbell, who were among the original Quakers to settle in Monteverde.  With continued support from the Campbell family and other donors and supporters, the Campbell Library supports local and international scholarship and research and serves as a physical and digital clearinghouse for information and research on Monteverde and the cloud forest.

The library features an expanding digital information center consisting of a comprehensive list of research studies conducted in the Monteverde Zone.  The library includes space for 24 persons and is open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm. or longer hours by special arrangement to accommodate the needs of courses.

Computer Lab, High-Speed Wireless Internet & Audio-visual Equipment

Wireless access is available throughout the main campus. Housed in the Campbell Library, the computer lab includes over a dozen computers for public and student use, all equipped with frequently used and specialized software packages.  Additionally, the computer lab offers access to scanners, printers, a plotter for map printing and other large graphics, as well as a photocopier, fax machine, projectors, and other equipment. 

Laboratories

The Monteverde Institute has two equipped laboratories. Available space and laboratory equipment include:

  • Wet laboratory. Contains dual-pan sink, refrigerator, microscope, stereoscope, scales ventilator, water testing equipment, work table, and basic laboratory chemicals and equipment
  • Dry laboratory.  Contains sink, counter, basic lab equipment

Both labs include desks, file space, book shelves, and wireless internet access.  Additionally, the Monteverde Institute has other equipment available including GPS units, nets, a wind meter, ozone monitoring equipment, two weather stations, and a variety of testing kids for use during courses.

Dwight & Rachel Crandell Memorial Reserve

During their lifetimes, Dwight & Rachel Crandell were much loved conservationists and supporters of the Monteverde Institute and the Monteverde Zone in general.  Following his passing in 2008 and her passing in 2010, the Monteverde Institute, in partnership with the Costa Rican Conservation Foundation (FCC), has turned what was once land owned by the Institute into a conservation land trust administered by the FCC. This 32-acre area is formally known as the Dwight and Rachel Crandell Memorial Reserve and is home to a network of hiking trails through primary and secondary cloud forest.  The property is bordered by Bosque Eternal. Click here to donate and help support land and trail maintenance, reforestation efforts, and general oversight for this reserve.