*Note: Due to the COVID pandemic we are currently unable to provide programs for school groups at this time*
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 visitation:
Group Capacity in All areas: Maximum 30 people per group (if you have more, then they should be divided into 2 groups with an itinerary switch or stagger of timing for the most enjoyable experience).
Transportation: Maximum of 40’ size of School Bus. Vehicles with commercial plates won't be admitted without prior approval. Arranging this is your responsibility*
Entrance Fee: Free (all fees are currently being waived as the forest and facilities recover)
Parking: School buses may only park in the parking areas at Palo Colorado, Stone House, Upper Baño de Oro, and Palma Sierra. Forest Service staff can provide additional information on-site or view the MAP here.
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.
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: Any Forest Staff is able to sign off on Contacto Verde hours . Stop in at Yokahu Tower or Palo Colorado specifically for stamping of forms for Contacto Verde hours.
Use the MAP to determine what areas you will visit. Verify that the areas are currently open to the public. Mt. Britton trail is not recommended due to the difficulty of turning buses around on the Road 191/9938 loop. Locations recommended for school groups to visit are:
Educational Talks in the Forest: (Due to the COVID pandemic we are currently unable to provide programs for school groups at this time) Forest Rangers can speak briefly to your students on a variety of topics. Plan for 20 minutes - 1 hour for this activity. This must be arranged with the Forest Service in advance to ensure availability.
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