Environmental Education and Awareness

Utila has a total of seven schools, including the one on the Cays. Of these, one is devoted to kindergarten only, and six are elementary schools, three of which have integral kindergarten and high school programs. Even so, most children do not continue their education past the sixth grade. As such, BICA-Utila presents environmental awareness information to the local community as well as programs with the schools. Since 2008, BICA-Utila, the Iguana Station, and the Utila Municipality Environmental Unit have collaborated with the School Director's Council to provide a coherent environmental education program within the regular school curriculum.

Utilian school children are now engaged in a number of activities aimed at environmental awareness, included but not limited to: beach clean-ups, turtle monitoring and adoption, seed planting, and art, sports and science competitions.

Environmental awareness campaigns are routinely conducted within the community using various media. Topics include: protected areas management, Honduran fishing restrictions collectively known as VEDA's (updated annually), energy and water conservation tips, sustainable practices for visitors as well as residents, reef health and invasive species management.