The Quetzal Education Research Center is dedicated to the advancement of solutions that foster a higher quality of life for local residents and the environment in which they reside. QERC is currently spearheading a environmental and social monitoring program aimed at developing a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the Savegre Biological Reserve and the impacts of residents and tourists. Presently, data collection includes trail-system use, valley population & agricultural use census, river-water sampling, and micro-climate monitoring.

In collaboration with the University of Oklahoma and Parque Nacional Los Quetzales, QERC has expanded the program to include a weather-monitoring within the park, aimed at strengthening data for this very specialized area of Costa Rica. Over time, we expect this data to be used to help guide local conservation policy regarding climate change.