Aula Global Biological Reserve
In 2001, the Global Classroom protected several hundred acres of secondary and old growth rainforest entirely through grassroots efforts, creating the Aula Global Biological Reserve. Located in a critical biological corridor, this reserve is unique in that it is not open to tourism. We believe that, without proper management, ecotourism can prove more damaging to the environment than their streams of revenue can make up for. With this in mind Aula Global has been kept closed to the public, intentionally wild, for the purposes of conservation, education, and research.
Creating A New Conservation Model
Aula Global employs a “one day on, one day off” policy. For every length of time the reserve is occupied by volunteers or researchers, it is followed by an equal length of time devoid of human activity. 70% of Aula Global is off-limits and untouched. At Aula Global, we strive to create an ecosystem which supports apex predators, such as puma and jaguar, indicator species which serve as a means of monitoring rainforest health. Such predators are often highly sensitive to human activity. It is through our policy that we hope to balance research, education, and a wild home for Costa Rica’s apex predators.
Rainforests are disappearing at an astounding rate worldwide. The Global Classroom aims to provide our program participants with a keen sense of the many gifts that can be found in such a venerable, biologically diverse place.
About The Research Station
The reserve lodge is rustic and spacious with a supply of running spring water and a composting toilet. The main house provides an ideal place for group meals and gatherings in between forest hikes and wildlife research. The reserve can comfortably sleep 16 people, with 12 in bunk beds in the dorm, and another 4 in the loft of the main house. From the porch of the main house visitors can be witness to an array of fascinating wildlife including the beautiful and unique Resplendent Quetzal, Three-wattled bellbird, tayra, hundreds of butterfly species, and dozens of hummingbirds. Jaguars, puma and ocelots have been seen on the reserve as well, and their presence there is a motivating factor in preserving the ecosystem as a whole.