Beyond Green Spotlights Hotel Members With Enrichment Programmes
Travellers of all ages can give something back and gain something more at these Beyond Green properties across the globe:
- Enrol in The Lagoon School at The Brando (Tetiaroa, French Polynesia): Located in French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, the resort offers children aged between 6 and 12 the opportunity to attend The Lagoon School during their stay. Hosted by a naturalist guide from the Tetiaroa Society, children can become nature ambassadors and explore the local area’s biodiversity through the educational programme. Activities include coral exploration, plant discovery, and meeting the reef’s inhabitants, which includes different species of fish and sea turtles, dolphins, and whales.
- Reconnect with nature and plant trees at Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge (Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda): Adjacent to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, the eco-lodge combines bucket-list gorilla trekking with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership to help regenerate endangered mountain gorilla habitat. This programme has seen more than 40,000 native trees planted to date, which has had a positive impact on the surrounding area’s unique fauna and flora. The lodge’s onsite agronomist gifts guests an indigenous sapling to plant on the property, and GPS coordinates for the tree are provided for ongoing progress reports on their contribution.
- Experience a Junior Tracking Programme at Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve (Raton, New Mexico, U.S.): Spanning 550,000 acres on the New Mexico-Colorado border, the resort serves as a private wilderness wonderland the size of a national park. Children can enjoy a range of activities include studying animal tracks, learning about bugs, riding horses, geocaching, and crafting with nature. Families can also volunteer on riverbank restoration projects and set out on guided eco-tours to learn more about Vermejo’s sweeping preservation programmes, including successful efforts to reintroduce American bison and Rio Grande cutthroat trout to the reserve.
- Meet nomadic families and learn about a new dog breeding program at Three Camel Lodge (South Gobi, Mongolia): Located deep within Mongolia’s vast Gobi Desert, this remote luxury lodge launched a conservation partnership with the not-for-profit Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project, which aims to help preserve this unique, native breed to both protect livestock and support snow leopard conservation by reducing human-wildlife conflict among Mongolian nomads. Guests can learn more about the breeding and training initiative, meet the lodge’s two resident dogs, and visit one of the nearby nomadic host families who are fostering the puppies to continue their training to be herders and protectors of local livestock.
- “Bee” together with nature at Borgo Pignano (Volterra, Italy): Set in the heart of a picturesque 750-acre organic estate in Tuscany, the estate is a model of regenerative agriculture when it comes to self sufficiency and natural living. Guest experiences include learning about bee-keeping including local traditional methods for extracting honey and beeswax, gathering wild herbs and flowers with the in-house herbalist and learning how these natural ingredients are used within products and cuisine at the hotel.
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