We conduct several types of environmental education projects:
- School Outreach – In 2013, 1,060 students, accompanied by their teachers and families, have taken part in hatchling liberations at the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve. The joint AMA Mexico/CONANP Schools’ Outreach Program is aimed at educating local children and their families about the endangered Olive Ridleys and their habitat on the Bay of Banderas. Since January AMA Mexico Biologist Sandra Hernández has made presentations to over 40 classes at schools throughout the Municipio of Bahía de Banderas. After teaching the students about the turtles’ biology, life cycle, nesting habitat and the conservation program of the Preserve, Sandra and her team invite the students, their families and teachers to come to the beach to release hatchlings at sunset.
- Sea Turtle Liberations – Bilingual “Turtle Talks” take place every night just before hatchling releases at the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve. During these presentations 32 AMA Mexico volunteers join Preserve biologists to provide information about the turtles and their place in the ecosystems of the Bay of Banderas. The talks are given to over 25,000 visitors who attend hatchling liberations at the Preserve annually.
- Events and Local Presentations – AMA Mexico volunteers give presentations to local organizations and provide educational materials and information at Bahía del Sol´s annual Arts for the Turtles events
- Sea Turtle Seminars – Informational seminars are held three to four times a year for community members who want to learn more about the turtles and participate as volunteers in AMA México´s educational activities.
- Harkness Institute/AMA Mexico Sea Turtle Camp – the Insitute´s staff and our volunteers present a week long residential camp for local high school students.