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Valeria Tamayo-Cañadas has been an environmental communicator and educator, and social participation promoter, in the Galapagos Islands for more than seven years. A former teacher and head of the Environmental Education department at the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve,  she now works as an educator at Ecology Project International. She works enthusiastically to overcome challenges to create private and public partnerships with the goal of supporting “Galapagueño” culture through education strategies. She hopes everyone will become more aware of the ecosystems, the conservation challenges, and the importance of taking action.

My dream is to reconnect Galapagos children to nature through education and conservation

The Galapagos population is a diverse kaleidoscope of people who share the love for their islands. However, many of them do not connect that relationship to daily activities that would be best for the Galapagos, such as consuming local products, reducing and recycling garbage, and respecting wildlife and locally unique plants. Now, through creative programs and activities, we are reconnecting the Galapagueno culture to a conservation ethic, helping to educate residents to their natural heritage through education and activities in their world-famous environment.