Ecorana Environmental ltd., Blog at it's partner field staiton at the T.R.E.E.S

We are Ecorana Environmental, an eco-travel and environmental education company that specializes in creating and planning applied learning holidays for students, researchers, and ecotourists alike. Our team consists of travel and outreach specialists as well as research biologists and teachers who specialize in environmental education and conservation. We are well-versed in providing comfortable, safe, and exciting learning and travel opportunities to a range of clientele interested in environmentally and culturally conscious travel.Ecorana is poised to offer travel and education abroad opportunities in the diverse tropical country of Belize. Ecorana employs biologists who are well-trained in tropical ecology, herpetology, and ornithology, and as such, studies in tropical biology are the primary focus of our educational holidays. However, our team’s diverse interests and expertise allow us to plan all types of holidays ranging from wildlife ecotours to yoga retreats to West African drumming courses to ecological field technique courses. Wherever your interests lie, you can be guaranteed that Ecorana will be right there with you.Ecorana maintains values of environmental and cultural conservation and stewardship, hands-on education, and inclusive learning, and seeks to instill those values in all visitors to Belize. We work with many field stations and educational centers, scientists, educators, tour companies, tour guides, eco-lodges, and parks, both on the mainland and on the islands of Belize, to make sure you go exactly where you want to go and see exactly what you want to see and more!

One of our main partners is the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S) and their field station in Belize. The objectives of this environmental education center are to host various cultural and environmental based student courses, workshops and event hosting in the heart of the beautiful Maya Mountains of Belize. We plan on providing our services to international students as well as providing opportunities for Belizean students.

For more information see our website at, or send us and email at or to go directly to the T.R.E.E.S website

Friday, March 16, 2012

Alive and well!

Ok, we are back, we promise we will be a little better at keeping the blog updated, we have been really busy with people in the last three weeks. First we had Vanessa's father and uncle come down for a building blitz. They really helped us out in forming the large building into all of the future communal rooms we will need for our station. All of the rooms have been partitioned off, so the old restaurant will now consist of a storage room and laundry room for our personal things, an office for the project, a lab with scopes, aquariums etc, one large room for students to chill out in and this room will also serve as a presentation hall, a second large room for dining, a small library, a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a change room and a shower for the kitchen staff. Finally a large space has been reserved outside for a large outdoor patio and a place to string hammocks! It does not look like much right now but we are in the process of closing off the partitions. Before I go on, the whole Ecorana team, Vanessa, Mathieu, Eva, Diesel and Big O, thank Chris and Clark for all of their great work and effort in making this project actually happen!

A classic picture of Chris and Clark working on our wall partitions, something they had to do for two weeks while they were at the Station.

Here Chris is showing us how to work the new compressor!

Overlapping with Chris and Clark, was my cousin Jeremie, once the wall partitions were up, we had the electrician come in and help us wire the place up. While it is not complete, much still needs to be done, he installed some very needed lights and fans and installed the wiring between the walls with Canadian standards. Now we are another step from getting this big momba buidling in a fonctional station. We thank Jeremie for all of his good work on the station!

Here Jeremie is being philosophical while picking a pineapple on the property!

Eva wanted to help too! Better put on your safety goggles Babygirl!

Ok, next step was the visit of Vanessa's friends Courtney and Gord from Vancouver, as well as my former Master's supervisor Dr. Diamond and his wife Dorothy, who came to start the biology component of this station, the actual reason we are here! So stay posted, more good stuff to come soon!


The Ecorana Team

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