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Rachel with a strangler fig

Edmund Burke



I am a teacher who loves to learn hands-on, doing real projects with results that make a difference. I am an Earthkeeper Trainer. During my sabbatical I worked in Costa Rica as an environmental coordinator for a bilingual school in the cloud forest. I lived with and learned from Maya Indians in Belize. I am recording the stories of the old storytellers of the Emberá people in Panama. I have led a dozen trips to tropical rainforests (TRFs) to study tropical ecology. I give slide presentations to schools, clubs and organizations. I share resources and ideas through workshops and this site. I write children's books about indigenous cultures. I promote the sale of sustainable products from tropical rainforests. I am a rainforest advocate; thus, my name is Rainforest Rachel.

I have recently collaborated with Kristin Pratt-Serafini on a new children's book celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Children's Eternal Rainforest. The Forever Forest: Kids Save a Tropical Treasure, Dawn Publications 2008, shares the message that children around the world have made a difference by saving a huge wilderness area in Costa Rica from being lost to "development" like so much of the rest of the world's forests. This precious wild place is home to thousands of species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. You will find this book gorgeously illustrated by Kristin, chock full of tropical information, and inspired by the efforts of children from 44 countries. After reading The Forever Forest, you may find yourself wanting to help, too!

I am president of the Monteverde Conservation League, U.S., Inc. (MCLUS) whose main purpose is to protect tropical biodiversity in the Children's Eternal Rainforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Click here for information on tropical rain forest biodiversity, conservation and education efforts in Costa Rica, trips, volunteering, fundraising and adventure.

I hope this site will help people understand what is so important about tropical rainforests, what rainforests do for us, and how we can save them so they can continue to protect and provide for us. We are partners with the planet. We are all connected. Besides, the rainforests are just plain wonderful, chock full of surprises and intricacies we have yet to understand.

Rachel Crandell
1128 Weidman Rd.
Town and Country, MO 63017