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Las Nubes Rainforest

Las Nubes – which means “the clouds” – is a Costa Rican rainforest donated to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in 1998 by Dr. Woody Fisher. To help protect the rainforest, we worked with Costa Rica’s Tropical Science Centre to create the Dr. Woody Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation, which supports research at Las Nubes and the surrounding region in areas such as tropical deforestation, sustainable development and biodiversity. Our researchers also worked with the Tropical Science Centre and CoopeAgri, a farmers’ cooperative, to promote ecologically sound coffee production and processing. The result: Las Nubes Coffee. This coffee, which is certified sustainable and fair trade, is sold by organizations at York and is available across Canada through Timothy's World Coffee. For every pound of Las Nubes Coffee sold Timothy’s contributes $1 to the Fisher Fund.

Each year about 50 students head off to the rainforest to complete research and projects in our ultimate classroom.

Visit the Las Nubes Web site to learn more about our rainforest.