We are a nonprofit organization founded by educators in 1989 with the mission of saving tropical forests. We began by encouraging schools to raise money to purchase rainforest acres and forwarding their donations to the Monteverde Conservation League (Costa Rica), Programme For Belize and Fundacion Jatun Sacha (Ecuador). In 1990 we began an innovative travel program that sent students and educators to the rainforests we were helping to save. Many of the students have been inspired to pursue careers in conservation, research and education as a result of these trips. The trips have also benefited environmental organizations in Latin America, helping them to generate the revenue needed to safeguard forests. For a complete history of our organization you can click on the owl butterfly at bottom-right and download a book about us.
Bruce Calhoun. President. Bruce taught oceanography at San Juan School by the Sea in Puerto Rico and biology at Dodgeville High School, WI. He helped found Save the Rainforest. He has also taken Wisconsin Science Academy students on marine biology trips to the Florida Keys, worked as a volunteer diver for Australian Institute of Marine Biology, canvassed for Wisconsin' Environmental Decade and worked as a naturalist for Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources.
Butch Beedle, Treasurer. is a retired middle school social studies teacher who has been active with Save The Rainforest since 1988. He has been a nationally recognized educator in rainforest, environmental, and outdoor education and a front-runner in the national interdisciplinary education concept. He has written various curriculums, journals, book and magazine articles about interdisciplinary, environmental and rainforest education. He has consulted with many rainforest organizations on educational resources and issues. Butch and his classes started the award winning ³Tropical Tribune that was the only newspaper researched and written by and for children about tropical rainforests. Students interviewed leading rainforest conservationists and scientists and was endorsed and distributed by Save the Rainforest. Butch has traveled on Save The Rainforest trips to Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama and has explored tropical rainforests in Australia, Mexico and Peru.
Mark Blackbourn. Secretary. Mark taught biology at La Crosse Central High School, WI. He has taken students to trips in Panama that exposed them to the culture and history of Panama as well as it's natural wonders. He is now retired and raises alpaca on his farm in rural Wisconsin.
Karri Roh-Wasley. Board member. Karri teaches biology at Dodgeville High School where she was once a student and a part of founding Save the Rainforest in 1989. She has taken DHS students on trips to Costa Rica and most recently to Panama in 2015.
Board of Advisors. These teachers have all led multiple trips to the rainforest. They advise Save the Rainforest on policy and operational matters AND are available to answer questions from teachers who are interested in taking students to the rainforest.
Jennifer Dallman. AP Environmental Science Teacher. Castle View High School. Castle Rock, CO firstname.lastname@example.org
Corinne Dedini. Academic Director. Online School for Girls. email@example.com
Mike Freidlin. Biology Teacher. Abington Heights Middle School. Clarks Summit, PA. RainforestFamily@aol.com
Roy Triveline. Biology Teacher. Warren Township High School, Gurnee, Il. rtriveline@WTHS.NET