Art of Conservation (AoC) was founded in 2006 by Julie Ghrist in Rwanda’s Virunga Massif region, where the ideas and cooperation of local communities were incorporated to develop innovative educational programming. After seven successful years, delivering its curriculum, AoC handed over the work to the local team to create its own non-profit – Conservation Heritage -Turambe (CHT)In 2014, recognizing a similar need for conservation education in the Mesoamerican Reef Region, AoC launched its four-module programming in several Mayan communities bordering protected areas including the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and X'cacel-X'cacelito in Tulum, Mexico.

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