Our environmental education program is primarily directed primarily at elementary and highschool students but also to university students. The guided visit includes the following highlights:
- Information about the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the latest studies at Galeta.
- A discussion on the different types of mangrives of the Caribbean.
- The seagrass beds and coral reefs of the Caribbean.
- A tour of the salt water aquaria and marine touching pools where you can learn to identify several sea organisms and their behaviors.
- The observation deck with it's powerful telescope for bird watching.
- The Aero generators that use wind power to provide electricity to the station. These are the first in the Isthmus.
- The tour involves walking the 300 hundred meter long "Malecón" or sea side promenadealong the Galeta lagoon.
- Step into the floating classroom.
- Walk along the mangrove boardwalk that allows the visitors to see first hand the mangrove forest.
- Walk on the hundred meter Pier with it's array of scientific instruments that monitor the Caribbean.
- At our auditorium you will be able to see via our uderwater web camera the incredible diversity of life in the surrounding mangroves and reefs.
- After the tour you can relax at Galetas new visitor center with an astonishing view of the lagoons and the sea.
- Request for special activities will be considered.
Sometimes researchers are available to talk about their work with the visitors.
The weather at Galeta is dry from December to March, and rains between April and November. During the rainy season and depending on wind direction we might be visited by "chitras" or sand flies.
What to bring:
Bring long sleeve shirts, long pants, a baseball cap, suntan lotion, insect repellent, water, and a pair of binoculars.