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As the Monteverde Institute celebrates its 31st anniversary it is a pleasure to reflect on our simple beginnings, all the endeavours since, and the bright future ahead.

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Celebrating over 30 years of Education for a Sustainable Future

The history of the Monteverde Institute:


In 1986 our founders had the forsight to place emphasis on a sustainable future.


Our Legacy Mission directs the Monteverde Institute to pursue the following goals:


I) To provide educational opportunities that explore the ways in which human beings can work toward a sustainable future. These educational opportunities will be based on the particular setting, resources and example of the Montevede community and surrounding area.


II) To integrate all the programs and infrastructure of Monteverde in such a way that is congruent with the vision of a sustainable future.


III) To coordinate its own programs with the programs of other organizations and projects.


IV) To extend the benefits of its programs to a wider community, adopting local educational initiatives.


And further, The Monteverde Institute is a public service, non-profit association, dedicated to peace, justice, knowledge and the vision of a sustainable future. It provides programs which promote the appreciation of diversity and community, spirituality and the well-being of living beings. These opportunities are designed for people from other countries and Costa Rica and for the residents of the Monteverde community and the surrounding zone. 

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The history of Monteverde Institute has been documented by Dr. Leslie Burlingame. Leslie is a science and environmental historian who has been visiting Monteverde since 1991.

In 1992 Leslie attended a short course on rainforest ecology and conservation through the Monteverde Institute and began research on conservation organizations in Costa Rica, including the MVI. Some of her findings appeared in Narkarni and Wheelwright (eds.), Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest. She is a retired professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. and writes histories of MVI and other conservation and educational organizations in Monteverde.


We are pleased to present her work here.