Asa Wright Nature Centre


The AWNC is a “Not-for-Profit” Trust established in 1967 by a group of naturalists and bird-watchers to “protect part of the Arima Valley in a natural state and to create a conservation and study area for the protection of wildlife and for the enjoyment of all.” It was one of the first nature centres to be established in the Caribbean.

Comprising nearly 1,500 acres of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, the AWNC’s properties will be retained under forest cover in perpetuity, to protect the community watershed and provide important wildlife habitat.

The Centre’s main facilities are located on a former cocoa-coffee-citrus plantation, previously known as the Spring Hill Estate. This estate has now been partly reclaimed by secondary forest, surrounded by impressive rainforest, where some original climax forest on the steeper slopes have a canopy of 100-150 feet. The whole effect is one of being deep in tropical rainforest.


Popular Summer Seminars return to Asa Wright Nature Centre this June!

For many years, tropical summer nights and the burst of biodiversity that accompanies summer rains heralded activity at Asa Wright, as eager participants gathered around experts to learn about topics of interest in a dynamic way. One-and two-week sessions featured hands-on immersion in nature, a chance to visit parts of the Centre rarely featured, photographic opportunities without equal, and more.

Caligo Ventures and Asa Wright Nature Centre
Present the 2015 Summer Seminar Series with Celebrity Guides!

June 18 – 23, 2015 Hummingbirds of Trinidad and Tobago
With Sheri Williamson, co-author of Hummingbirds, a Field Guide to Every Species
$1,695 DBL / $1,845 SGL
Tobago extension June 23 – 27 add $895 DBL / $1,175 SGL

July 6 – 12, 2015 Capture Nature Like a Pro
With Roger Neckles, Award Winning Trinidadian Photographer
$1,695 DBL / $1,845 SGL
Tobago extension July 12 – 15 add $795 DBL / $995 SGL

July 12 – 19, 2015 Trinidad’s Biodiversity: Bugs, Bats, Herps, and More!
With Ray Mendez, “The Original Bug Wrangler”
$1,995 DBL / $2,170 SGL

July 19 – 26, 2015 Ornithology of the Tropics
With Bill Murphy, author of The Birdwatchers’ Guide to Trinidad and Tobago
$1,995 DBL / $2,170 SGL
Grand Riviere extension July 26-28 add $645 DBL / $725 SGL

Catch up on all of the Centre’s programs and outreach activities in each new issue of The Bellbird, the official newsletter of the Asa Wright Nature Centre. Issues can be dowloaded in PDF format and can be read in either your browser or on your desktop.

Link Here to current and all past editions of the Bellbird.

Order your 2015 “BIRDS OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO” Calendar Today!

This delightful pictorial wall calendar issued by the Friends of Asa Wright features a different bird for each month; convenient month at a glance pages that you could write on. Available from the Asa Wright Nature Centre (Call +1 868-667-4655) or the Paper Based Bookshop in the Normandie Hotel in Trinidad. If you are in the USA and want to secure your copy of the calendar visit the Friends of the Asa Wright Nature Centre (U.S.) website where you can place an online order by credit card.

AWNC Calendar Front

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