Mailing Address: PO Box 4710, Arima, Trinidad
Registered Address: 7 ¾ MM Blanchisseuse Road, Arima, Trinidad
The Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) was established as a not-for-profit Trust in 1967 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 comprises about 495 hectares of mainly forested land in the Arima and Aripo Valleys of the Northern Range, which AWNC has committed to retaining under forest cover in perpetuity, to protect the community watershed and provide important wildlife habitat.
AWNC was one of the first nature centres in the Caribbean and remains one of the best known, attracting visitors from all over the world. It is also highly regarded for its pioneering conservation education and research programmes, which it intends to consolidate and expand on under this project. AWNC is regarded as a leader among conservation NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago in terms of conservation education and research, as a result of its high-quality environmental publications, posters, school tours, tropical ecology research and community outreach programmes.