Welcome to the 2022 Summer Conservation Forum and Tour & Southeast Region Meeting of the National Association of Conservation Districts! 

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Tuesday, July 19 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
El Yunque National Forest Tour

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Visit the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service! With an average rainfall of 120 inches a year, El Yunque has a very diverse ecosystem, hosting hundreds of unique plant and animal species, including Puerto Rico’s famous coquí frog. On this tour, travel about 45 minutes east of San Juan to El Yunque’s El Portal Visitor Center to learn more about this unique ecosystem, then explore El Yunque and the plants and animals that call it home on a guided walk. Tour includes two one-hour enjoyable walks in El Portal and Palo Colorado as well as the chance to rest and take in the views of El Yunque. The El Portal walk includes a gradual incline walk and the opportunity to see examples of Puerto Rico’s flora + fauna and biodiversity. The Palo Colorado walk is at a higher elevation guided by Para La Naturaleza and this walk will include different forest types and historic sites. This tour will also include 3D terrain maps, Live Puerto Rican Parrots, the main forest gift shop, The El Yunque movie, various art exhibit installation, cultural and historic exhibits, and an entire pavilion of biodiversity + forest-specific exhibits.  El Yunque awaits you!

Lunch is included. Wear comfortable shoes, clothing, and sun protection for walking outside. Daily showers occur in El Yunque, so rain gear is also advised.

Tuesday July 19, 2022 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT