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.



Over our 50 years the Centre has primarily entertained birding groups from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K but in November 2017 we hosted our first official birding group from SPAIN!

While we have had individual birders from this nation visit us this group, led by Luis Mario Arce, was the first organized group to come from Spain and enjoy our world class birding destination! Olé,Olé,Olé!



Link Here to download and enjoy the very special
50th Anniversary Edition of the Bellbird

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.