New Facility to be dedicated

May 22 marks the completion of a long held dream and the beginning of a new era for the Quetzal Education and Research Center in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. The dedication ceremony on that day has as its highlight the participation of Dr. Manuel Angel Rodriguez, President of Costa Rica, along with Southern Nazarene University President Loren Greshem and Dr. Leo Finkenbinder, Director of the QERC.

Since 1986, QERC has been working toward the completion of a state of the art facility to house it efforts to study the tropical cloud forest and educate students and local residents in conservation practices that will lead to the preservation of habitat critical to the endangered resplendent quetzal and other inhabitants of the oak/bamboo cloud forest in the upper Rio Savegre watershed.

The new facilty includes an ecological research laboratory that will make available to researchers, teacher, students, and local residents the tools necessary to observe and analyze ecological conditions in the valley. Also included is space for a natural history museum operated by QERC in conjunction with the Costa Rica's Museo Nacional. The building was designed by a San Jose architect who worked to make the buidling a work of art and fit it well to its beautiful surroundings. Large windows and verandas merge the worlds of inside and out with as few obstacles as possible and while maintaining comfortable accomodations.

For more information contact, Dr. Wesley Hanson, whanson@snu.edu