O2 for Life
Education Program

Partnership with
Inner City School

Program Activities

Alvaro Ugalde Interview


"We can never have enough of nature"
-Henry David Thoreau

The O2 For Life Rainforest Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of tropical nature. Our Foundation protects over 500 acres of land located in the Osa region of Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse areas

The Mission of the O2 For Life Rainforest Foundation:

  • to protect the tropical rainforest in our nature reserve in Costa Rica
  • to promote conservation awareness and the study of tropical nature among young people through "hands-on" field education at our reserve

The O2 For Life Reserve:

"The diversity of ecological systems found in the Osa is not exceeded by any area of comparable size on earth."
- Dr. Larry Gilbert, University of Texas

The reserve is located on the shores of the Golfo Dulce in the Osa region of southwest Costa Rica , one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. Ranging in elevation from sea level to 600 feet , the reserve’s steep hillsides and valleys are covered with lush lowland tropical rainforest. It includes over 1.5 miles of gulf frontage peppered with pebble beaches and thick clusters of mangrove habitat.

The south side of the property reaches the Esquinas river estuary, an ecosystem teeming with bird and marine life. Our neighbor to the south is the Piedras Blancas National Park. Across the gulf are the majestic heights of Corcovado National Park.

Our buildings are nestled in a clearing near the beach. From there, visitors can hike on trails and in shallow river beds into the depth of the reserve’s pristine forest. At dawn and in late afternoon the air resonates with the roars of howler monkeys and the calls of toucans. After darkness the wondrous cacophony of exotic frogs and insects fills the night.