The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research
The ACEER Foundation supports its education and research programs in the Amazon with classrooms, field labs, canopy access systems, demonstration gardens, interpreted trails, and nature interpretation centers for researchers, students and others.
To date, ACEER has invested over $1 million in new and existing infrastructure owned and operated by our partner organizations in Peru. Below are some of the facilities funded in whole or in part by ACEER in support of our mission.
Los Amigos Biological Station
ACEER provided funds to the Amazon Conservation Association to enhance the research and education experiences at this station in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Funds improved dedicated laboratory space, dormitories for students and researchers, an expanded dining facility, and creation of an ethnobotanical garden.
Cahuide Community Center
In association with the people of Cahuide village, outside of Iquitos, Peru, ACEER built a community center that served as a town hall meeting place and center for environmental education training for regional teachers. A small medicinal plants garden was established and used to educate school children on the value of healing plants from their forest.
Manu Cloud Forest Observatory
ACEER invested over $400,000 to create the world’s largest canopy walkway system, and the only one located in a tropical cloud forest.
This walkway, located in the Andes near Wayqecha, supports research and education in this critical forest ecosystem. The observatory is maintained by the Amazon Conservation Association.
Amazon Canopy Walkway
Near the Napo River north of Iquitos, Peru, is the Amazon Canopy Walkway, the first canopy walkway ever constructed in the Western Hemisphere. ACEER, along with International Expeditions, Explorama Tours and CONAPAC, built the facility in the early 1990’s. New species of plants and animals have been discovered in the forest canopy where 75% of all rainforest species live, thanks to this walkway, and still today is serves as a unique experiential learning facility for education, research and inspiration.
In 1999, ACEER, in partnership with the Inkaterra Association, restored a dilapidated former dormitory into a first class learning center, with an extensive trail system, ethnobotanical garden, and laboratory.
Located on the Madre de Dios River downriver from Puerto Maldonado, it serves today as a nature center and lodge, continuing ACEER’s legacy of experiential learning.
ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden
Located at the ExplorNapo Lodge along the Sucusari River north of Iquitos, Peru, this garden was the brainchild of ACEER board member, Dr. James A. Duke. It has served as a training site for ethnobotanists for nearly 20 years and is a key teaching station for workshops on plant medicines.
ACTS Research Station
The Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies was ACEER’s first home when we began working in Peru. It was constructed in partnership with International Expeditions, Explorama Tours and CONAPAC. The facility hosts visitors in primary forest, with dedicated laboratory facilities, lodging, dining and an extensive trail system.