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1960   The forest that the Tirimbina Rainforest Center protects, was obtained in 1960 by Robert Hunter, a citizen of the United States who came to Costa Rica to work with the American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. His property stood out because of the development of a series of crops that were new to the region in that era (pepper, cacao, vanilla and nutmeg) whilst at the same time conserving an extensive area of rainforest which was later converted into the Tirimbina Rainforest Center, a place of absolute conservation.
60s   In the 60's Mr. Hunter made contact with various professionals in nature sciences. Amongst these was Dr. Allen Young of the Milwaukee Public Museum, who, up to this day, remains involved with the Tirimbina forest. His scientific studies on various topics regarding the rainforest and the cultivation of cacao are internationally known and have generated more than 100 published scientific articles in different magazines during the last 30 years.
1986   In 1986, the Milwaukee Public Museum selected Tirimbina as a basis for a permanent museum exhibition on the tropical rainforest, called "Exploring Life on Earth". This exhibition turned into the principal reason for the Museum to maintain contact with Tirimbina.
1989   In 1989, Dr. Hunter initiated an agreement with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) to establish a research site with permanent plots in the forest. Since then, various researchers have carried out many research projects concerning a great variety of topics in relation to the dynamic of the growth of the rainforest.
1995   In 1995, Dr. Hunter sold the forest and the Tirimbina Rainforest Center was born. The sponsors for the purchase of Tirimbina were the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) and the Riveredge Nature Center (RNC), until 1999. In 2000 the Museum assumed complete sponsorship.

The Museum opened its doors to the public in May of 1884, whereas Riveredge was founded in 1969, with the purpose to increase consciousness about the importance of the conservation of regional forest biodiversity. Both institutions have dedicated themselves to environmental education.
1999   In 1999, the Tirimbina Rainforest Center started its Environmental Education Program. Since then, thousands of students and visitors have enjoyed and learned about the tropical forest.
2001   In 2001, Tirimbina was declared a "Private Wildlife Refuge", giving it national prestige for its efforts on conservation and education about the tropical forest.

Tirimbina Rainforest Center takes over operations, when the Milwaukee Public Museum retreats from the organizations' management, thus renewing the Board of Directors, incorporating members in Costa Rica.


The non-profit Tirimbina Association is established for Conservation, Research and Education, based in Costa Rica, who now owns the assets and activities of the Tirimbina Rainforest Center.

We offer education
programs for
all levels.

Explore the trails and
discover the flora
and fauna of our region.

Research in one of
the most diverse sites
in the world.