Geoversity is creating conservancies that serve as campuses for our Life Changer experiential learning programs, each with ecological and cultural diversity.
Geoversity’s main campus is the Mamoní Valley Preserve, which encompasses 5,000 hectares (12,300 acres) of rainforest and aspires to geographically include the entire 11,700-hectare (28,900 acres) upper Mamoní watershed and its 1,500 hectares (3,900 acres) of old-growth forests.
It is located within the largest remaining stretch of contiguous rainforest in the exceptionally biodiverse Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena eco-region: one of the top 25 Biodiversity Hotspots in the world and adjacent to the indigenous Gunayala territory, Emberá communities and the national protected areas Narganá and the Chagres National Park.
Incredibly, it is a mere 2-hour drive from the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, in the narrowest stretch of the Americas.
MVP Campus Facilities
Our science and leadership training center, Centro Mamoní, and the Agroforestry site form parts of Geoversity’s off-grid rainforest campus in the Mamoní Valley Preserve where students help achieve Geoversity’s goal of becoming 100% self-sufficient. All facilities are sustainably powered 24/7 by a unique hydroelectric system and solar panels, with cabins and hand-crafted furnishings built from locally salvaged hardwoods.
The Upper Mamoní Valley is a sparsely populated mountainous region with close proximity to Panama City. There are four villages: San José de Madroño, El Valle, La Zahina, and Mamoní Arriba (listed east to west). Total population of the valley is estimated below 500 people, enough to support four small rural schools and one understaffed health center, all of which are located along the Mamoní river and its major tributary, the San José. Smaller ranching outposts are interspersed throughout the Valley—mostly along the main dirt road that runs along the river and connects the four villages.
Geoversity has been actively expanding its campus locations for its Life Changer experiential learning programs, each with ecological and cultural diversity in mind.
Locations under development:
- Borrego Institute for Living Design (San Diego, USA)
- Geoversity´s Pacific Marine Field Station and Conservancy, Cébaco Island
- Geoversity´s Wetlands Field Station and Conservancy, Bayano
- Geoversity´s Urban Forest Campus in the City of Knowledge and the Camino de Cruces National Park, Clayton, Panama
- Geoversity’s Atlantic Marine Field Station, The Azores, Portugal
- The Caracol River Basin Conservation Community
- The Dianmayala Conservation Community
- Geoversity’s Biocultural Design Center, Urban Forest, Amador Causeway, Panama City