Welcome to CREA!

Conservation through Research Education and Action, is a non-profit organization, that offers educational and research opportunities to biodiversity rich rainforests of Panama.

A core activity is a visit to the Cocobolo Nature Reserve an 1100 acre tropical forest in the heart of a global biodiversity hotspot

The trip has been life changing for me.  I have a whole new outlook on the importance of biodiversity and conservation of the rainforest in Panama and beyond.  I am able to bring back new ideas to my classroom and discuss examples of current research in conservation biology.” Tanya Buxton, Menlo High School Biology Teacher


Saving The Harlequin Toad

In the Cocobolo Nature Reserve, a small breeding population of the Harlequin Toad (Atelopus limosus) has been monitored and investigated by CREA since 2009. It is one of the last known breeding populations of this species in the world.

Our Stories

A story of the idea behind CREA and the creation of the Cocobolo Nature Reserve

A story of Stephane de Greef’s quest to document all the lesser known arthropods of Cocobolo Nature Reserve



We are currently looking for volunteers for 2018.

Looking for a once in a lifetime adventure while doing good in the world? Contact us for volunteer and internship opportunities. Read more.