Courses Offered:

  • Animal Handling Workshop – Targeted for forest rangers, police, and firemen to teach how to properly handle certain wildlife such as raptors, parrots, sloths, monkeys, etc.
  • First-Aid Workshop – Targeted for forest rangers, police, onsite interns, and firemen to teach rescue approaches and techniques for critically injured and young wildlife.
  • Educational Public Property Walks – Informative lecture and walk of TRR and its rescued wildlife for national and international audiences. The goal of these educational walks is to focus on conservation issues and proactive steps to maintain healthy relationships with wildlife and the environment.
  • University Shadowing/Workshop – Colleges from around the globe visit TRR to learn from our medical team, as well as, take note about the care and rehabilitation of exotic wildlife.
  • Local School Lessons – We host various student groups of all ages teaching students about wildlife conservation, biology, and environmental research.
  • The Virtual Classroom – TRR brings Costa Rica to your classroom wherever you may be located. We do meet-ups and discussions with teachers and classrooms of all ages from all over the world. We use Skype to give a virtual walk of the property and explain the wildlife rescue process.

Teaming Up with Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants

Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers and conservationists. We do this by bringing science, exploration, adventure and conservation into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe. Since starting in September 2015 we've run well over 1,000 live events and connected hundreds of thousands of students to scientists and explorers in over 60 countries. Best part of all, it is and always will be 100% free for classrooms everywhere!

There's this silly rumour going around that there's nothing left to explore or discover, this couldn't be further from the truth! New technology is opening up countless opportunities in the fields of science and exploration. We believe these experiences inspire students while exposing them to important issues, amazing places, exciting role models and new career paths. ​

How it Works

Each month during the school year we host 25+ Google Hangout events for classrooms. ​We regularly host full day, week and month events focusing covering themes like oceans, biodiversity, women in science, space exploration, ocean plastics, climate change and more. We send textbook sized satellite BGAN units around the world with scientists and explorers so they can video broadcast into classrooms from the most remote regions of the planet.

Working with Toucan Rescue Ranch

Toucan Rescue Ranch and Exporing by the Seat of your Pants Founder, Joe Grabowski, have teamed up to bring Toucan Rescue Ranch and its rescued wildlife to classrooms across North America! We will be planning a monthly classroom visit with Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants accompanied by a Toucan Rescue Ranch knowledgable guide to teach about one of the world's favorite animals: sloths. In this 40-minute virtual classroom visit we will be teaching sloth natural history, fun facts, sloth rescue, rehabiliation, and release with Saving Sloths Together program, accompanied with a special Q/A at the end of each session!

Visit Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants Website

Explorer Classroom with National Geographic Explorer Filipe DeAndrade

Classroom Programs

The Virtual Classroom

Topics Frequently Requested

  • Based on a specific species such as sloths, owls, or toucans
  • Conservation issues
    • Deforestation & habitat loss,
    • Illegal pet trade,
    • Human encroachment,
    • Climate change
  • A general virtual tour of the property accompanied by individual rescue stories and animal facts

Skype Format
A 30-minute session with a TRR biologist, who has extensive knowledge about the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of Costa Rican wildlife. During the lesson, the biologist will talk about the focus topic and show the classroom animals. There will be a Q&A at the end of the lecture.

Onsite Classroom Visits

We regularly have local schools visit TRR from all over Costa Rica! We are always pleased to open our gate to future conservationists, biologists, zoologists, veterinarians, and naturalists. If you are a parent or teacher interested in visiting our center, please send us a proposal of what you wish to accomplish to info@toucanrescueranch.org.

If you have a large group and want to schedule multiple onsite sessions, they will need to be on different days. The size of the group depends on seats available. The School Education Program is tailored to each class depending on the age of the students and its curriculum. We can conduct a single session or plan multiple sessions throughout the school year.

The goal of the Education Program is to contribute to the protection of wildlife and increase awareness of conservation issues.

“I am super impressed that The Toucan Rescue Ranch, Veterinarian Dr. Janet Sandi, and The Sloth Institute have joined forces to create an incredibly strong multidisciplinary team. Each brings a unique expertise to the problem of rehabilitating and releasing sloths making them uniquely qualified to take on the daunting task of getting injured Costa Rican sloths back in to the wild. I am looking forward to following their progress.”

Donald Brightsmith Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Health Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University Director of the Tambopata Macaw Project www.macawproject.org