A non-profit grass-roots organization founded in 1985 working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests. A great visual site with lots of information and graphics.
Their mission is to support Indigenous and traditional populations of the rainforest in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights by assisting them.
The Association Promoting Education and Conservation of the Amazon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, its native peoples and their cultures. Founded in 1993, APECA began as a floating health clinic, delivering medical services to the remote Amazon river villages of Loreto, Peru. Since then, APECA has established programs in health education, nutrition, sanitation and natural medicine.
Works with indigenous and environmental organizations in the Amazon Basin to defend the environment and advance indigenous peoples’ rights in the face of large-scale industrial development-oil & gas pipelines, power lines, roads, and other mega-projects.
An international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests which has a great informative website on rainforests and conservation.
A wonderful and informative website featuring: A Place Out of Time – Tropical Rainforests: Their Wonders and the Perils They Face
A nonprofit organization using science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation in rainforests and other endangered ecosystems worldwide.
A non-profit organization founded in 1972 to defend the human rights and cultural autonomy of indigenous peoples and oppressed ethnic minorities.
A non-profit, people-to-people, action program initiating environmental projects around the world.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to promote the conservation of ecosystem integrity and biodiversity in the American tropics. They are currently are working to establish a locally-run orchid reserve in Ecuador and offer tropical ecology field courses to U.S. college students.
A global network of citizens’ groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world’s rainforests against the forces that destroy them. It works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supports their efforts to defend the forests from commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations, shrimp farms, colonisation and settlement and other projects that threaten them.
Headed by renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin, this non-profit organization develops and implements new conservation strategies that combine indigenous knowledge with Western science. They work in Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, and Mexico, where each project is managed in partnership with indigenous communities sharing knowledge and experience at a grassroots level.
This Peruvian non-profit provides environmental education programs for Peruvian students and teachers, supports basic and applied research relevant to rainforest ecology, acquires threatened tracts of primary rainforest land, and sponsors rainforest ecology workshops in the Amazon.
The primary mission of this non-profit organization is to offer assistance to the Matsés indigenous communities so that this native Amazonian tribe can conserve their native culture and indigenous communal reserve in a sustainable and autonomous manner. MATSES is distinctive in that it is the first non-profit organization whose members are from the Matsés tribe itself rather than being controlled by outsiders.
Rainforest Links for Kids and Teachers
- Get Help Doing School Reports About the Rainforest
A page of information and good links to quick information to write a school report on a rainforest topic, from Raintree of course!
- Raintree’s Photo Gallery of rainforest pictures.
Find pictures to use for school projects
- Rainforest Class Curriculum for K-5th grades
- Causes of Rainforest Destruction in the Amazon
A great article (updated in 2004) and statistics from Mongo Bay.
A resource for photos and videos of native indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest. It is an educational resource and an introduction to the cultures of Amazon native tribes from the South American Amazon River Basin.
- Raintree’s Rainforest Facts
Many students have used this summary of rainforest facts, destruction and conservation overview to write rainforest papers and reports. Lot’s of facts and figures to quote!
- Amazon Interactive
Explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online games and activities. Learn about the rainforest and the Quichua people who call it home.
- ACT for Kids
From the Amazon Conservation Team. Lessons and games for students and teachers about the rainforest.
- Learn about rainforests
from MongoBay (high school level info)
- Rainforest Link Page
A great page of links on the rainforest for students and teachers including links to online rainforest lesson plans and other student activities on and off line.
- Science in the Rainforest
A great fun and educational website for children and school teachers on the rainforest from PBS.
- The Amazon Expedition
Another virtual Amazon Expedition with links for kids and teachers.
- Endangered Earth
Classroom and educational resources for learning about endangered species.
- Endangered Species in the Classroom
Another site with class plans and suggestions for studying about endangered animals in the classroom.
Databases, News, Research & Information on
Rainforests and Preservation Efforts
- World Resources Institute’s Forest Resouces Page
A great site for information and links on rainforests and forest resources, data, preservation and organizations.
- Andean Botanical Information System
The Andean Botanical Information System (ABIS) presents information from floristic and systematic investigations of the flowering plants (phanerogams) of Andean South America. Topics include selected geographic regions and groups of Andean plants, flora of coastal Peru and Chile, floristic inventories from a variety of habitats in northern Peru, bibliographic resources, and searchable databases.
- Center For World Indigenous Studies
A research and education non-profit organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples.
- The Tropenbos Foundation
Displays information on the current research activities of the Tropenbos Foundation at its permanent research sites in the rainforests of Cameroon, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Guyana and Kalimantan, Indonesia. Additionally other useful scientific information is given (among others the list of publications of the Tropenbos Foundation).
The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre
- EnviroLink Network
A non-profit organization and grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in over 130 countries focusing on evironmental issues.
- The World Conservation Monitoring Centre
provides information services on conservation and sustainable use of the world’s living resources, and helps others to develop information systems of their own.
Searchable database of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s tropical plants.
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Home Page with a great deal of information on the research and documentation on Rainforest plants cataloged by the Royal Botanic Gardens
- The People and Plants Initiative
Created by WWF International, UNESCO and the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1992 to carry out applied research projects, community workshops, exchanges and training courses with young ethnobotanists from developing countries who are interested in conservation and community development.
- Species 2000
Has the objective of enumerating all known species of plants, animals, fungi and microbes on Earth as the baseline dataset for studies of global biodiversity. Users worldwide can verify the scientific name, status and classification of any known species via the Species Locator on this homepage.
Other Rainforest Related Pages
- Rainforest Ventures
Specializes in natural history tours to the Peruvian Amazon. Co-founders Steve Timme and Jim Castner combine their tropical expertise with other faculty leaders and native Peruvian guides to present a comprehensive program. Their website has a photo gallery of rainforest pictures, plants, and insects.
- Journey through the Costa Rican Rainforest
Trip journal of Sandy Wiseman,a forensic and educational psychologist, conservationist, photographer, and director of Conservation International – Canada.
- Environmental Organization WebDirectory
Online directory and search engine of organizations on the Web involved with the environment.
A collective project of many people, embraces ancient teachings and modern technology and provide a cyber-community for Earth’s indigenous peoples.
Sustainable Forestry Pages
Initiated in 1989, SmartWood is the oldest and most extensive certification program in the world. SmartWood is a program of the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit environmental group based in New York City.