Get Involved!


Welcome to Urvina, our first and most comfortable stop on the way to the forest. We have warm water and comfortable beds for volunteers who need a break from the chilly temperatures in the forest. Urvina is our main headquarters, located outside of Riobama, four hours south of Quito. Urvina is owned by Alta Montaña, one of our sponsors.

There are plenty of ways to get involved with FNY, through donations of time, effort, or money. Volunteer with us from your home...take a trip and volunteer in out with donations of money (and learn more about how far a dollar goes!) or help us to enlarge our community library!

If you're looking for a more long term involvement, look at our programs for joint-research and our internship opportunities...

Volunteer From Here...

Experienced with computer programming? Good with people? Love trees? Or just want to get involved somehow? Enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and great attitudes are needed to help with this project. If you're interested in getting to see Ecuador, here is a great place to start.


Or Volunteer from THERE...

There are a number of ways that you can see the forest yourself. Better yet, you can become a part of the conservation and propagation of the forest!


  • Volunteer for a week, a few days, or a month. Positions are avaliable depending on the time of year and current projects.
  • Come and intern with us. Each summer we bring qualified applicants to Ecuador with us to help with current projects as well as conduct their own!
  • Come and become one of our Research Associates. We encourage scientists of all nationalities and at all levels to come be a part of Fundación Nucanchi Yuracuna.

    Or, if this sounds like too much work, come and stay with us and watch us do the working. Take a look at Alta Montaña as well for suggestions of what else to see while you're here.  




Beginning this summer, FNY is offering summer internships for students with a background in natural sciences, environmental education, or related fields. A strong background in Spanish is preferred but not required. Students carry out an individual project under the supervision of FNY, and also participate in current projects and research efforts. The specific area of work will depend on current FNY projects. This summer, Danielle Weiss and Bill Faria are traveling to Ecuador with us to conduct projects on community based reforestation, and water pollution in tropical montane ecosystems.

Although positions for the summer of 1999 are filled, we welcome any inquires you have for summer of 2000. For more information, please contact Jennifer Osha. The application deadline for 2000 internships is January 20, 2000.


Joint Research Opportunities


This summer, we are working in conjunction with Escuela Superior Politecnica de Chimborazo (ESPOCH) to research the regeneration of Polylepis reticulata. If you are interested in tropical montane ecosystems and have an area of research in mind, please contact us.


Monetary Donations


$1 goes a long way in our project. $1 pays for 10 native trees to be planted, $50 buys an acre of land, and $75 pays for the training and salary of a native guide for one month! Help us out however you can.


This is a small foundation dedicated to making sure that all
money goes directly where it is needed. For any donation, you
will receive exact information about how it was used to
help the forest and its people.



We're about making this work, and making each dollar go as far as it can. If you would like to donate, please contact us. You may also obtain a copy of our budget.



Books and other Donations


We are currently looking for the following books. We are also in need of donations of computers, school supplies, and a cellular phone for emergencies. Please contact Jen Osha for more information.


Rundel, Smith, and Meinzer. Tropical Alpine Environments. Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Balslev, H. and J.L. Luteyn (eds.), Páramo: An Andean Ecosystem under Human Influence. Academic Press, London.

High Altitude Tropical Biogeography. Oxford University Press, New York.

The Kids Nature Book by Susan Milord

Play Lightly on the Earth by Jacqueline Horsfall.

Andean Ecology: Adaptive Dynamics in Ecuador, Vol. 27 by Gregory W. Knapp

Arboles Y Arbustos de Los Andes Del Ecuador by Carmen and Peter Ulloa Carmen

Food, Gender & Poverty in the Ecuadorian Andes by Mary Jeanne Weismantel


Any books on tropical montane environments, Ecuadorian flora and fauna, or environmental education are needed.

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Date Last Modified: 5/18/99