Apoyo Cultural Center


Biological Research Station


Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

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Simba greets all the visitors at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo.

The Biological Research Station “Estación Biológica” in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve is a not-for-profit enterprise in public service. “Estación Biológica” serves as a support center for locally organized initiatives in conservation, including community organization and skills training, and as a hostel with rooms available to the public. It is also the site of Apoyo Spanish School, the oldest continuously operating Spanish school in Nicaragua. Our staff work closely with with the community and local and central government officials to promote actions and policies which protect the wild natural resources in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Training in natural resource management, natural sciences, and Spanish language and the Nicaraguan popular cultural issues is conducted for Nicaraguans and foreigners planning to work or volunteer in the region. Through promotion of scientific research, Estación Biológica is the principal reason that Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve is the most widely cited natural area in Nicaragua in scientific research reports.

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Volunteers at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo.

The resources of Estación Biológica are available for scientists, volunteers, and guests. We can host groups for courses, seminars, and retreats. Individuals and groups are invited for day visits or overnight stays.


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This baby squirrel was raised by the staff after she fell from a tree as an infant. Today she has her own family in the trees above Estación Biológica.


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Field research is conducted on several animal and plant groups at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo.



Bird populations are monitored in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve by the staff and volunteers of Estación Biológica. Photo by Joe Taylor.



The forest inside the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of reptile species.


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Thanks to the efforts of our staff and the contributions of volunteers and visitors at Proyecto Ecologico, these children can attend the new, beautiful "Heroes y Mártires de Xiloá" school near the shore of Laguna de Xiloá in Chiltepe Peninsula Nature Reserve. Photo Belén Camino.



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Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Kolby Kirk.

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Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo and Apoyo Cultural Center and Spanish School are beneath this scenic view of Laguna de Apoyo from Catarina.