Address: Diagonal to Restaurant Le Chandelier, San Pedro, Montes de Oca, San José

Phone: (506) 2253-2130

Postal Code: 236-1002, Paseo de los Estudiantes

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Centre  of Studies and Comunal Empowerment

Dr. Alvaro Wille Trejos CEEC – AWT



Osa peninsula, in the community of Agua Buena de Rincón in the canton of Osa, in the middle of the Forest Reserve Golfo Dulce, the Corcovado National Park and just minutes from the waters of the Golfo Dulce.


What is done?  What is it?

Center for education, training and working together for the communities of the Osa Peninsula and Neotropic Foundation, with the objective for communities to empower their own development.

Spread the biological importance of the Osa Peninsula through visits to its facilities for students and national and foreign researchers, thus promoting a healthy integration between the local culture and the culture of origin of the persons who visit it, helping to create an environment of tolerance and mutual learning that strengthens the capacities of each individual.


Founded in 1993 with the objective of implementing an environmental education process that will help to conserve and disseminate the importance of biodiversity that is home to the Osa Peninsula, this being one of the places with the highest density and variety of species in the world.

Some of the Activities in the CEEC – AWT

  • Educational Programs.

  • Programme Blue Carbon Community.

  • Program of Environmental Education.

  • Library service and free Internet point for the surrounding communities.


  • Shelter for 56 people.

  • Building Heliconia equipped with a training room.

  • Administrative building with Library, training room.

  • Wi-fi Internet.

  • Dining room.

  • Trail Heliconia.

  • Area of protected forest of 12 hectares.

  • Area of kitchen garden demonstration of organic production.

  • Landscaped area to install portable labs.




The Coyolito Station was donated by the University of SUNY-ESF in New York, United States, and although it does not have an infrastructure as developed as that of the CEEC – AWT (Osa Station) follows the same objectives.
It is located near several sites of biological and ecological interest, as are the Monteverde zone with its characteristic and unique cloud forest, the marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Nicoya and the set of islands that is home to.
Likewise, the Neotropic Foundation is in the process of getting involved with different community organizations of the area and provide tools that help stimulate productive activities and, in this way, combat the economic depression characteristic of the place, focusing on the improvement of the quality of life of its inhabitants and a better understanding of the environment.




Engagement with artisanal fishers of the community of Manzanillo to establish future activities.


Area of 10 hectares with patch of Secondary Forest. House equipped with a capacity of up to 10 people.

Data of interest of the area:

  • Conservation area: Central Pacific

  • ASP nearby: Biological Reserve Isla de Pájaros and Wild Life Refuge La Ensenada. 

  • Nearby communities: Coyolito, Manzanillo, Morales, Abangaritos, La Peña and Tortugal.

  • Map of the other stations of the Fundación Neotropica:



Atirro Station

The Study Center and Empowerment Community Richard & Pearl Crowther, located in Turrialba is in development and presents great opportunities for the work of the Neotropic Foundation.Located in the canton of Turrialba in the Cartago province, the station has approximately 100 hectares of which the majority are under forest cover.
In this area, it is given a very interesting transition between the Tropical Rainforest and the Montane Forest, which, together with the proximity to other sites of interest to biological, geological, and economic as the Turrialba Volcano and the Hydroelectric dam Cachi makes the Atirro Station one of the stations with the greatest potential, despite the fact that it is the least developed so far.
The Atirro Station is located within the protected Zone Cuenca Rio Tuis. The 100 hectares are in the program of Environmental Services of the MINAE.


Data of interest of the area:

  • Conservation area: Central Volcanic Mountain range

  • Nearby communities: Atirro, La Suiza, Tuis

  • Cultural diversity: Cabecar Chirripo Reserve