What is TREE about?
At the heart of every TREE trip lies the heart of the jungle. From the depths of the Amazon in Guyana, to the Pine Ridge and Maya Mountain forests of Belize, to the hidden Blue Mountain forests of Jamaica, we go places where flora and fauna reign supreme. Although we love and appreciate the importance of trees, we do not limit our exposure to solely forests. We explore all of what these landscapes have to offer, including massive waterfalls, lively rivers, shrouded lagoons, ancient caves, secluded beaches, limestone cayes, and the largest living coral reef in the world. TREE also strives to create content promoting environmental awareness and scientific literacy through our blog, podcasts, videos, and public speaking events.
Visiting any country, no matter how beautiful the landscapes may be, is incomplete without experiencing the local culture. Everyone at TREE is either from one of the destination countries, or has lived in one (or more) of these countries for several years, ensuring a family-style experience for all visitors. In addition, all vendors, lodging, food, and excursions are locally owned and operated. You will be invited to barbecues, parties, rum shops, HHH runs, sporting events, and even people's homes - it will be up to you how many events you would like to attend.
TREE is deeply rooted in conservation through its classroom-free EEE (experiential environmental education) platform, ecotourism standards, and funding of protected areas and local community development. TREE operates almost exclusively in protected areas with a focus on conservation, so simply by staying in these areas and going on these excursions you will be contributing to tropical rainforest and reef conservation. Participants will also learn about ecosystem services, the importance of biodiversity, roles of protected areas, and principles of sustainability. The result is improved ecological literacy and a better understanding of what living sustainably truly entails.