This is one of the most scenic parks in Costa Rica, and the natural area most visited. It is a biological island in the midst of an area subjected to pressure from agriculture, dairy farming, and a great deal of tourist-related development.
Manuel Antonio National Park is home to more than 350 bird species, 110 species of mammals, 346 plant species, and a variety of marine animals.
Part of the forest is in the process of regeneration from the effects of selective lumbering, and from a major hurricane which occurred in 1993.. The park suffers environmental problems which are the result of insufficient planning of tourist development in the surrounding area. Other problems are also caused by the massive numbers of tourists. These include the resulting contamination of the ocean near the park, the production of large amounts of garbage, and the feeding of wildlife by park visitors.
We work with Costa Rican and international volunteers in the conservation of Manuel Antonio National Park. We do trail maintenance, construction of bridges and rails on the trails and roads. We clean and protect the beaches, and maintain the park’s buildings. We collaborate on environmental education programs for tourists and for inhabitants of the surrounding communities. Volunteers also provice customer service, keep watch on activities, and care for the station.