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ACEER’s Puppet House

PuppetHouseFun fact! ACEER Foundation has its own puppet program used by teachers to develop learning activities through the use of puppets, music and songs, artistic creativity and field activities, strengthening their capacities and attitudes about knowledge and care of the environment.

puppetssStories like “Yoqui the brave little parrot”, “My little paradise” and “small Fish fleeing” among others, relate to local environmental problems and offer students the ability to critically think and generate viable solutions to promote the conservation of the Peruvian Amazon.

Check out the below video for more detail:
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In presenting Peru’s National Award of Environmental Citizenship to The ACEER, Peru’s Minister of Environment, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, specifically cited ACEER’s Puppet House, a traveling puppet show for rural Amazonian elementary school children.

The Puppet House is the brain child of ACEER’s Director of Education, Licia Silva Ortiz, who delivers the popular program to hundreds of school children each year in the southeastern Peruvian region of Madre de Dios.

Through rainforest characters, such as Yoqui the Brave Parrot, the Puppet House teaches rural Amazonian children the value of the rainforest, and why it is important to them and to the world to keep it standing, intact and used sustainably.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this award,” says ACEER President, Dr. Roger Mustalish. “It speaks to ACEER’s commitment to provide life inspiring experiential learning to those living in the Amazon as well as a global audience.

“This Puppet House, and its assortment of zany Amazonian animals and plants, brings a simple, yet powerful, message of the need for rainforest conservation.”

ACEER was selected for this award following a national competition with over 150 organizations vying for the award. Last year, ACEER was a finalist, showcasing its teacher training program using a unique “leaf pack” sampling device to monitor aquatic biodiversity.

Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, ACEER has offices and programs throughout the Peruvian Amazon. To learn more go to www.aceer.org.

ACEER wins Peru’s National Award of Environmental Citizenship

ACEER receives Peru’s National Award of Environmental Citizenship for its environmental education programs promoting conservation of the Amazon Rainforest. In announcing this prestigious award, Peru’s Minister of Environment,

Manuel Pulgar Vidal, specifically cited ACEER’s Puppet House, a traveling puppet show for rural Amazonian elementary school children. ACEER was selected for this award following a national competition with over 150 organizations vying for the award. Last year, ACEER was a finalist, showcasing its teacher training program using a unique “leaf pack” sampling device to monitor aquatic biodiversity. Such a tremendous honor.


Dr. Paul Morgan elected new President of the ACEER Foundation

The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation (ACEER), a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with offices in West Chester, PA, and Puerto Maldonado, Peru, is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Morgan was unanimously elected Paul MorganPresident of ACEER at its December 16, 2016 annual board meeting.  He succeeds Dr. Roger Mustalish, who will now serve ACEER as Chair of the Board of Directors.  Dr. Morgan holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is a Professor of Professional and Secondary Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and the director of undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in Education for Sustainability. In addition, he served as West Chester University’s Sustainability Coordinator from 2011-2014 and continues to be a member of the University’s Sustainability Advisory Council.

Dr. Morgan had been ACEER’s Chair of the Board, its representative to the Lima and Paris United Nations Climate Change Meetings (COP20 & COP21), and a workshop and expedition leader to the Amazon.  In July, Dr. Morgan headed a delegation from Dubai, UAE, studying climate change impacts in Peru.  His vision created ACEER’s Emerging Leaders in Sustainability Institute, and forged strategies to grow ACEER’s flagship program, the AMIGOS Partnership for Education.

As President, Dr. Morgan will be the CEO of the organization, which has been a dynamic force for rainforest conservation for 25 years, having touched the lives of more than 1 million individuals worldwide. He will lead the implementation of two new ACEER strategic initiatives: a Global Leadership Institute built on the success of the Emerging Leaders in Sustainability Institute, and creation of a state of the art conservation education “Hub” in Puerto Maldonado, Peru.  The “Hub” will offer innovative, experiential learning programming, networking capabilities, and empowerment opportunities to students, scientists, teachers, and community leaders with a goal of developing local and global environmental leaders who work to conserve and restore functioning landscapes in the Amazon. Learn more about ACEER at www.aceer.org.


Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s Custom Climate Change Workshop

One of the many things that The ACEER Foundation does is provide field-based, experiential learning programs for individuals and groups from around the world. From May 9-20 of 2016, representatives from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) had the unique opportunity to participate in one such learning program. After reaching out to ACEER, DEWA was able to customize its own workshop experience in Peru with the intended goals of seeing first hand the effects of climate change and achieving an understanding of some of the different perspectives on and methods of combatting it.

pMorganDr. Paul Morgan, professor at West Chester University and chair of the board of the ACEER Foundation, was able to accompany and lead the DEWA group on their trip. He witnessed the shift in perspective that occurred for the group when the itinerary moved on from the heady indoor PowerPoint presentations and sharing of ideas through conversation and lecture, to the more field based, experiential portion of the trip. Continue reading “Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s Custom Climate Change Workshop”


ACEER partner and nominee, Victor Zambrano, wins coveted Buffet Award for Latin American Conservation awarded by the National Geographic Society

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Victor Zambrano has dedicated his life to the restoration of natural forests in the Madre de Dios region of Peru’s southeastern Amazon, fostering ecologically stable and socioeconomically productive landscapes.

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Victor Zambrano, Conservationist

Born in Madre de Dios, Zambrano learned the customs of the local people at an early age. After leaving for high school in Lima and a subsequent 24-year military career, Zambrano retired and returned to his birthplace, settling along the Tambopata River in a region scientists consider to be the global epicenter of biodiversity. Sadly, he found the area under significant pressure from illegal gold mining; construction of the Amazon’s first transcontinental highway; oil and gas exploration; illegal timber harvesting; and human migration. Continue reading “ACEER partner and nominee, Victor Zambrano, wins coveted Buffet Award for Latin American Conservation awarded by the National Geographic Society”




Peru Workshop August 9-17 – Healthcare and Healing Traditions of Amazonia: Exploring the Roots of Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine

Join us for an adventurous, professional development journey into the Peruvian Amazon! This workshop will explore conventional medicine as well as the rich healing traditions of Peru. You will gain a greater perspective into the current emergence of holistic and integrative medical practice. You will visit clinics and hospitals, observe traditional healing practices, study medicinal plants, meet with shamanic healers, and explore the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest. Open to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, natural medicine practitioners, and students.   Continue reading “Peru Workshop August 9-17 – Healthcare and Healing Traditions of Amazonia: Exploring the Roots of Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine”


Forging a Path through Peru

Adam Hlasny photo for ACEER
Adam Hlasny

by Adam Hlasny

My eyes are open, but the world around me is black. The Peruvian nightfall has quickly cloaked our craft in impenetrable darkness. After hours afloat on the Tambopata River, the clattering outboard’s last gasps yield to the primal cacophony of countless rainforest creatures. The long, narrow vessel languidly glides to shore as our leader clicks on a heavy-duty searchlight, scanning the muddy banks for a suitable place to put in. No longer lulled by the moving boat’s breezes, I wipe fresh moisture from my brow. The expedition leaders’ anxious Spanish shouts pierce the night like verbal gunfire. Finally the group disembarks, hoping to God that the guides have found the correct clearing in this nocturnal landscape. If we’ve missed the path to our lodgings, there isn’t another human settlement for dozens of miles in any direction…

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Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy awarded the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award

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Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy

In recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to conservation, it is with pleasure that the Board of Directors of the ACEER Foundation presents to Dr. Thomas Lovejoy the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award. The Legacy Award was established in 2012 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to conservation in general, and conservation of the Amazon rainforest in particular.

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