The beauty and tranquility of forests all over the world, from the tropics to the tundra inspire all of us. Eight out of ten species found on land live in forests. Almost 300 million people, particularly in developing countries, live in forests as well. Since 2010, Costa Rica’s Magic Trees Foundation, (Árboles Mágicos) has been connecting people with nature and instilling in the Costa Rican culture an appreciation for their flowering trees, through photography, urban trails, reforestation, and educational workshops.
This foundation is extremely important for Costa Rica since 52% of the national territory is covered by forests. To protect their forests, Costa Rica has implemented reforestation programs, designation of protected lands, laws to prevent illegal logging, and increased environmental education in order to maintain a greener and cleaner environment.
The concept of Magic Trees is to create the vision that we all live together on this planet for a reason and we need to better understand the nature that surrounds us. If people are educated to understand that we are all part of the same energy that makes trees green, we will be able to move forward collectively to maintain a sustainable planet.
The Foundation has educated more than 5000 students in how to identify and understand the different species of trees in the educational centers of Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Education (MEP).
The foundation’s educational activities promote the formation of groups of young people to become community leaders and share their knowledge of trees and the methodology of species related field activities so that their efforts can be duplicated in communities throughout the country, and the
The students learn to share the beauty of the forests through educational activities, and in 2018, the Magical Trees Foundation organized the largest reforestation project led by youth in Central America during activities of the Youth Speak Forum, an event organized by AIESEC in Costa Rica, to create opportunities for interaction between young people, the public and the private sector, in order to promote the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Organization.
AIESEC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO.
Costa Rica celebrates “World Tree Day” on June 15 to remind everyone of the purpose and the impact that trees have on a national level as well as worldwide. Celebrations are held each year throughout the country and government officials, as well as school
To enable the foundation to educate the public, there are various products available to enjoy the beauty of trees in Costa Rica’s forests and urban areas.
Magic Trees Books illustrate more than 400 photos taken by local photographers, with descriptions written in English and Spanish about a variety of tree species from the Costa Rican forests.
Magic Trees Calendars have been published for the past eight years with photos of the most striking trees from the forests as well as the urban areas throughout the country. The calendars also include a list of environmental dates
The Magic Trees App is a practical tool for identifying trees by the color of their blooms. The different colors of the flowers is the most practical method of identification for the average person who wants to learn more without becoming an expert.
Magic trees public events are organized to allow people to visualize the beauty of trees and develop personal reconnections with nature. If you would like to participate, here’s a list of upcoming and previous events.
The Magic Trees Foundation has attracted a fundraising campaign promoted by BAC bank. The project is called “Donate more than a Tree”, and everyone can make contributions on the website; “Yo me Uno,” as well as at 512 ATMs throughout the country during the month of March.
The writer, Tom Rosenberger has lived and worked in Costa Rica since 1992 and from his travels throughout the country inspecting land and construction he has acquired a wealth of knowledge about living and doing business in Costa Rica. If you have questions and would like to contact Tom click here.