Maderas Volcano National Park

June 2014

Improvements to Finca Magdalena’s visitor and park ranger station

Ometepe is the largest volcanic island (107 square miles) within a fresh water lake in the world, and is one of the largest non-oceanic islands in the world. It sits in Lake Nicaragua, the second largest body of fresh water in Latin America.

The island encompasses a dramatic range of altitude, topography, and climate. Its two volcanic peaks—forested, dormant Volcán Maderas and active Volcán Concepción—are joined by a low wetland isthmus. As a result, Ometepe boasts an extraordinarily diverse mosaic of forest and wetland habitats. It supports a dazzling array of species, including an endemic salamander and endemic orchid. The island is of particular importance for neo-tropical birds that migrate to Central and South America from the north. UNESCO declared the entire island a Biosphere Reserve in 2012.

A building there is currently used as a field base for volunteer park rangers and tour guides. Seacology, with our partner NGO, Fauna & Flora International, is funding the renovation of the building so it can serve as a center for visitors exploring the trails that extend over 5.3 miles into Maderas Volcano National Park. The grant will also fund an outdoor exhibit to educate tourists about the park. The permanent presence of park rangers, who are also tour guides, will allow better oversight of park visitors and enforcement of regulations.

Project Updates
April 2016
The completely renovated building, which is located near the beginning of one of the most popular volcano trails, is now being used to educate and inspire visitors to Volcano National Park. The...
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January 2016
Seacology's Executive Director Duane Silverstein and Central America Field Representative Ian Drysdale attended an opening ceremony for the rehabilitated facility in January 2016. They reported...
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September 2015
Field representative Ian Drysdale visited the site and reports that great progress has been made on repairing the building. New doors have been built and are ready to be installed. Ian says that...
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May 2015
The architectural design of the park ranger station renovation has been finished and approved by the local park management committee. A local contractor plans to start the work in May; repairs to...
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January 2015
Our partner NGO, Fauna & Flora International, is now hiring the architect and construction crew for improvements and repair of the Finca Magdalena building. The hiring process should be completed...
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