collaborations-biomuseo-mamoni-valley-preserveThe partners of the Mamoní Valley Preserve (MVP) currently have relationships with a variety of individuals and organizations from outside the Valley.  A listing of the more advanced relationships along with joint activities follows:

1. Guna General Congress — Earth Train has a history since 2005 of collaboration with Guna youth and a formal agreement with the Guna General Congress that has led to the creation of the Guna Coast and Forest Guard (GCFG). Based at Earth Train’s facilities within the Mamoní Valley Preserve, GCFG is a river-and-sea kayak adventure company dedicated to the protection of Guna territories (comarcas) and the promotion of career and leadership opportunities for Guna youth.

2. Biomuseo – ‘Panama Is Our Museum’ is Earth Train’s collaboration with the Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo in support of the museum’s mission introducing Panamanians and visitors to the myriad natural and cultural wonders and learning opportunities that Panama has to offer. In addition to developing training programs for young Biomuseo guides and docents, Earth Train creates workshops for the production of audio-visual displays, oral histories, and short documentaries for schools and grassroots NGO’s that wish to create high quality Biomuseo-standard audio-visual displays in their communities that present the natural, cultural and historic features of their areas.

3. Jane Goodall Institute — The Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots popular global environmental and humanitarian youth leadership training program has partnered with Earth Train to produce two conferences in the Mamoní Valley conducted by Jane Goodall (Latin America/Caribbean Rainforest Leadership Conference and Roots & Shoots In The Rainforest) and produce related films for global distribution.

As part of a project called the Spotlight on Biocultural Leadership with Jane Goodall, the Go Wild! program was launched in June 2013, a project-based and peer-to-peer learning program powered by children and youth with the participation of teachers, conservation advisors and science advisors. Through fun educational contests and activities, the program enables young people to engage their peers in wildlife conservation and wellbeing, through action initiatives based on UNESCO’s goals for environmental education and outreach programs aimed at raising awareness, increasing knowledge, and modifying attitudes and behaviors. The program aims at encouraging the emergence of future wildlife leaders.

4. Gun Hill — Gun Hill is a forested area of approximately 200 hectares across from the Miraflores locks on the inter-oceanic canal that is part of a wildlife corridor linking parkland from the Soberanía National Park to the Camino Cruces National Park at the edge of Panama City. The hilltop, with three existing concrete and steel structures, overlooks the City of Knowledge, the former US Army Fort Clayton repurposed in 2000 to become a model of sustainability and shared resources for UN agencies, and a diversity of NGOs, research institutions, and sustainable businesses.

In 2013, Earth Train formed a consortium of eleven education, research, conservation and community development organizations to create the Center for Biocultural Leadership at Gun Hill to serve as Earth Train’s metropolitan campus and to facilitate teamwork on a variety of biocultural leadership projects.  Located just up the hill from its City of Knowledge campus, Earth Train is working with Florida State University to support degree courses such as Conservation Biology and Geographic Information Systems with classes at a model live classroom – the Gun Hill campus.

5. Green Steel Pavilion — Earth Train and the City of Knowledge Foundation are collaborating on the development of festival grounds for nature and the arts located near the eastern entrance to Gun Hill . The landmark centerpiece of the area will be the Green Steel Biocultural Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater with structures constructed primarily of bamboo. The lead designer is Anand Devarajan, who has been representing Frank Gehry in the design and construction of the Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo for more than 13 years.

6. California Academy of Science — Earth Train began its collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences in 2004 with the digital mapping of natural resources in the Mamoní Valley Preserve. This marked the beginning of our hosting research in the life sciences. The Preserve offers an ideal setting for long-term scientific studies.

7. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Smithson´s National Zoological Park – The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Smithson´s National Zoological Park coordinate the Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project (ARCP), whose mission is to rescue and establish assurance colonies of amphibian species that are in extreme danger of extinction throughout Panama. Earth Train has been hosting ARCP field research at Centro Mamoní since 2009.

8. Metropolitan School of Panama — In 2010, Earth Train entered into a partnership for nature-based learning with the Metropolitan School of Panama. This unique collaboration is aimed at developing the potential of nature as a teacher, where subjects such as the Arts, Mathematics, and Languages, are integrated and enlivened through nature. MET students and teachers have been using the Mamoní campus as an outdoor classroom and teacher training resource for nature-based experiential and hands-on activities.

9. Green School of Bali — Earth Train has begun collaboration with the Green School of Bali, Indonesia – an innovative experiential learning school constructed primarily of bamboo – and Ibuku, a related design and construction company established by the daughter of the founders of the Green School. The collaboration is exploring the opportunity to create a local bamboo industry in the MVP.

10. Dawn Publications, one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated literature for children about nature and natural history, is working with Earth Train to create teacher training resources and applications designed to excite interest in the natural world and, even more importantly, to entice children to get out and explore the outdoors.

11. The Hubbard family hosted a Guna intern in 2013 and sponsored the building of the 25 meter swimming pool at Centro Mamoní.

12. Doug Bruce’s philanthropic work has focused on wildlife conservation in Panama and, since 2012, his collaboration with Earth Train has included an ambitious photo/film project related to the Mamoní Valley Preserve and the wilderness and villages of western Guna Yala.

13. The Alstom Corporation of France sponsored the development of a management and training team to support the Mamoní Wildlife Conservation Center. This includes video documenting and publishing its research findings, instructional resources, and best practices.