Rainbow on top of the Children's Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica.
Orlando Calvo

Children’s Eternal Rainforest

Monteverde, Costa Rica

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest, or Bosque Eterno de los Niños, is a 55,000-acre private nature reserve in Costa Rica. In 1987, a group of Swedish schoolchildren learned about the rain forest. They were inspired to help preserve it. Together, they raised enough money to purchase 15 acres of land. The group soon organized a worldwide fundraising campaign. Children donated a total of $2 million to buy even more land. Now visitors can enjoy the nature reserve by going on a hiking tour. Along the way, they may spot rain-forest animals such as toucans and white-faced monkeys. —Constance Gibbs

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