Veragua Rainforest shares the area with the three tiny communities of Brisas de Veragua de Limon, Union of the Peje River and Rio Blanco. It is a rural area of farms and small houses tucked into green rolling hills, where the population once subsisted solely on logging, agriculture, and working on cattle ranches.
For the past 10 years, Veragua Rainforest founders have worked with local communities to improve residents’ quality of life with new jobs and provide education in environmental conservation. During the two years of park construction, Veragua hired 140 men from the local area, many of whom stayed on working at the park in maintenance and grounds keeping.
Through the Veragua Foundation for Education & Rainforest Research, Veragua Rainforest helps the school and children at the local Las Brisas de Veragua Elementary School and La Union de Rio Peje Elementary School with school supplies and school improvements and maintenance.
Our student groups also get the chance to visit the schools and share an unforgettable experience by helping with maintenance, painting, and building sidewalks, among other activities for service learning.