501(c)(3) Non-Profit Rainforest Conservation and Education Organization

We are the stewards of over 2,000 acres of protected rainforest. Our mission is to protect the rainforest's ecosystems by preventing poaching and deforestation and re-connecting people to nature. 


Eco Era wildlife refuge was founded in 1991 as a US based non-profit environmental and educational organization. This rainforest wildlife refuge is located in the Cerro Nara watershed of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast. Our land is part of the 7,500 acre Zona Protectora Cerro Nara protected rainforest parklands.


Eco Era was created to protect biodiversity and endangered species by ensuring that critical habitat is preserved in a pristine state and to educate people about the importance of protecting the earth to ensure a sustainable future for all beings.


This land is home to one of the purest watersheds left on earth, in one of the most bio-diverse critical habitat regions in the world. Our current global environmental crisis demands that our rainforests be protected to ensue a future for life on earth.

We support and partner with organizations that promote human wellness and mental health through connection to nature. Our connected programs are designed to bring participants into closer connection to our earth and re-create a global culture that is deeply aware of the importance of conserving our natural world. 


Why is rainforest conservation crucial for our planet?

Eco Era Rainforest


Forests regulate climate at local, regional and continental scales, by producing atmospheric moisture and rainfall, and controlling temperature. Forests provide multiple water and climate-related services, including precipitation recycling, cooling, water purification, infiltration and groundwater recharge.

Eco Era Monkey


The preservation of  habitats helps to maintain the diversity of entire ecosystems. A habitat meets all the environmental conditions an organism needs to survive.  For an animal, that means everything it needs to find and gather food, select a mate, and successfully reproduce. For a plant, a good habitat must provide the right combination of light, air, water, and soil.

Rio Naranjo


Healthy watersheds provide us with clean drinking water, which all life needs to survive. Healthy watersheds provide ecosystem services including: nutrient cycling, carbon storage, erosion/sedimentation control, increased biodiversity, soil formation, water storage, water filtration, flood control and healthy forests. 

Planetary Well-Being = Human Well-Being

The physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being of humans directly affects the well-being of our planet. In turn, when our planet is healthy, humans are directly benefited. This is a crucial cycle that affects all life. 

Eco Era Reforestation
Eco Era Waterfall
Wildland Cooperative Rainforest
Eco Era Birds Eye