Thank you for your interest in bringing an educational group to El Yunque! The forest continues to recuperate from Hurricane Maria and options are limited. The safety and quality of your experience is important to us, so please read the following carefully and follow these guidelines:
Regulations: Before visiting, group leaders must ensure that all group members are aware of the forest regulations, and uphold to them during their visit:
Group Capacity in All areas: Maximum of 30 people per group.
Transportation: Maximum of 40’ size of School Bus. Vehicles with commercial plates won't be admitted without prior approval. Due to parking capacity limitations and road construction, access to the main Rd 191 corridor may not be authorized for school buses. *Arranging transportation is your responsibility*
Entrance Fee: Fees are currently waived for school/educational groups at El Portal. Fees for other groups apply at El Portal Visitor Center and reservations are required in Recreation.gov to access the Rd 191 corridor
Parking: School buses may only park in designated parking areas.
Restrictions: Groups greater than 75 require a special non-commercial permit (but still must split into groups of no greater than 30). Permits can be requested from Myrna Tirado by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For non-educational groups, entrance fees at El Portal will apply and advanced reservations is Recreation.gov are needed to access the main recreation area along Rd 191.
What to bring: For greater enjoyment and safety during the visit, it is recommended that every group member brings water, snacks, a garbage bag, sunblock, rainwear, and comfortable shoes.
Contacto Verde: Forest Staff at El Portal Visitor Center are able to stamp forms for Contacto Verde hours.
Educational Talks at El Portal: Forest Rangers can speak briefly to your students on a variety of topics at El Portal Visitor Center. This must be arranged with the Forest Service in advance to ensure availability. This must be arranged with the Forest Service in advance to ensure availability. Plan for 20 minutes - 1 hour for this activity.
Some of the themes available:
Biodiversity of El Yunque • The Coquis and Tree Frogs of Puerto Rico • The Importance of Water to El Yunque • Extinction in Puerto Rico: what we lost, what remains • The Wild and Scenic Rivers of El Yunque • Through the Years: the History of El Yunque • Climate Change: Potential Effects in El Yunque • The Importance of Trees • At-Risk Species