Fundraising Success Stories

Each year, school groups, clubs and community organizations donate more than $40,000 to our partners in conservation through the Adopt-A-Rainforest program. Through their efforts and contributions, participants in the Adopt-A-Rainforest program have helped protect thousands of acres of threatened tropical forests and the wildlife that depends on it.

Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Since 2005 the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo (ASK), Michigan, has participated in Berrien County’s annual Southwest Michigan Team Birdathon. Each year ASK fields a three- to four-person team that spends a fun-filled day birding and raising awareness for bird conservation. From midnight to 7:00pm the 20 competing teams race to see or hear the most species of birds, while also raising money to support different conservation projects. In the past six years, ASK has been able to raise and donate over $11,000 to the Adopt-A-Rainforest program in Belize to protect precious forest habitat vital for many wintering birds. As a small, volunteer-based, organization of 300 members, the Audubon Society of Kalamazoo has had a tremendous impact on the protection of precious tropical forests through their Adopt-A-Rainforest donations totaling over $20,000 since 1999.

St. Mary’s Bryantown School

Each year Mrs. Garner, a teacher at St. Mary’s Bryantown School, brings the rainforest to her 3rd grade classes. While learning about the importance of protecting and conserving the rainforest, students turn their classroom into a tropical rainforest filled with student-made tropical creatures. In order to teach her students that they can make a difference at any age, Mrs. Garner’s students hold fundraisers to protect the tropical ecosystems they learn about. This year the students raised $1,800 by designing and selling terracotta flower pots, holding a raffle, and hosting a Rainforest Reception. Over the years, the Rainforest Reception has expanded into the local community, and this year hosted over 400 visitors! Since 2003, St. Mary’s Bryantown School has raised over $9,000 to help support Adopt-A-Rainforest projects.

La Scuola D'Italia in New York City

For the past two years on Earth Day, La Scuola D'Italia in New York City took part in a fundraising and trash clean up walk through Central Park to increase awareness about environmental issues and raise money for Rainforest Alliance's Adopt-a-Rainforest program. Throughout the day students learned about the Earth and discussed ways that they could make their school a “greener” place. The children also took part in planting flowers on the school grounds and in their classrooms. The event was organized by 2nd and 3rd Grade English teacher, Spiro Gouras.

Citizen Schools of Redwood City, California

As part of a project of Citizen Schools, middle school students in Redwood City, California tapped into the resources available on the Rainforest Alliance Learning Site to learn about rainforests and the unique flora and fauna that call them home. They learned about rainfall by building terrariums; planted bromeliads; and even tasted delicious food that originates in rainforests! Brooke Greco, who worked with the students on this unit, said that “through each lesson the students become passionate about fundraising for the Rainforest Alliance.” The students made a donation to support the El Salvador and Nicaragua projects of Adopt-A-Rainforest and decided to help raise awareness at their yearly student fair.

P.S. 152 in Queens, New York

The incredible diversity of the rainforest captivated students at P.S. 152 in Queens, New York, who made their own musical instruments to simulate the pitter-patter of the rain, songs of birds and other unique sounds of the rainforest. During their rainforest unit, students talked about the need to protect these amazing ecosystems and decided to raise money to support Adopt-A-Rainforest. Their teacher, Mrs. Nicodemi, said "we discussed the importance of saving our precious rainforests, and so it seemed like a natural next step to donate money where it would do the most good."

P.S. 8 in Brooklyn, New York

The third grade classes at P.S. 8 in Brooklyn, New York designed and sold cloth grocery bags to raise money for Adopt-A-Rainforest. They spent the entire school year learning about, and teaching others, how to 'be green.' They started paper recycling in all classrooms, studied the effects of rainforest destruction and global warming on our planet, wrote letters to big companies and elected officials, gave presentations in other classes, and wrote and performed songs with musical instruments made from recycled materials. These are the creative lyrics to one of their songs:

Mother earth we love you so
We will do anything to save you

We could plant some trees
recycle cans and glass
Don't litter anymore
stop stop stop

When it comes to plastic, be elastic
Reuse that bottle again

Don't throw it away
Stop stop stop

Put the waste over there
If you litter it's just unfair
Stop stop stop

Car pooling could save some gas
Save some energy and have a blast!
Let's go Let's go Let's go

Fine Art Starts

Students at Fine Art Starts created a full-color book of children's artwork inspired by their passion for the rainforest and its inhabitants. Over 90 young artists contributed to this book entitled "Honoring the Rainforest," teaching others about why rainforests should be protected and donating a portion of their sales to help Adopt-A-Rainforest.

Bethany Reed

For the past three years, fifteen year old Bethany Reed has held a fundraiser for her birthday, asking her friends and family to donate money instead of buying her gifts. Bethany's commitment was recently acknowledged by the Care Bares 25th Anniversary Care-A-Lot Kids program which made a $5,000 donation to Adopt-A-Rainforest in her name.

The Special Music School in New York City

Students from Ms. Epstein's fifth grade class at the Special Music School in New York City raised over $1400 during a 5 mile walk through Central Park. The students designed their own T-shirts and asked their friends and family to sponsor them during the walk. Many students participated in additional activities such as selling lemonade to add to the funds raised by the class.

Girl Scout Troop #4330

The third grade Girl Scout Troop #4330 attends Craig Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri. Together, all 16 members wanted to help protect rainforests around the world. They sold Girl Scout cookies and donated a portion of their profits to support Adopt-A-Rainforest.

Jade Sullivan

Eight-year-old Jade Sullivan asked her friends to donate money to the Rainforest Alliance for her birthday.

"My birthday party was helping the rainforest. We raised over $150. We did a scavenger hunt and found toys and fruit that was grown in rainforests. We used some information about animals to give to the kids so they could learn about them. We all got to color pictures of animals in the rainforest from your website. My birthday party was the best birthday party I had thanks to you."

- From, Jade

Heritage Academy in Atlanta, Georgia

After completing a rainforest unit of study, fourth grade students of Heritage Academy in Atlanta, Georgia decided they wanted to help make a difference. Students sold pencils, pens and fact cards about rainforest animals to raise money to donate to Adopt-A-Rainforest.

Rainforest Fun Day in East Lyme, Connecticut

Tyler Andrews held a "Rainforest Fun Day," an afternoon of education and entertainment at McCook Park in East Lyme, CT. The family-friendly event included playful attractions like a dunk tank, an aquatic touch tank, face painting and a moon walk. There were also informative displays highlighting the importance of fire safety, automobile safety and understanding the effects of noise and air pollution. Tyler raised more than $1,100 for the Rainforest Alliance, educating and entertaining his family and friends in the process.


Donations to the Adopt-A-Rainforest projects support the sustainable management of tropical forest lands.