Forest Fire Prevention and Supression
Programme runs from December 1st to June. This period is known as the fire season as well as the dry season. Activities included in the programme are cutting and clearing fire traces, fire patrols and fire supression.
Gayap - Annual Dry Season Event in March
The essence of Gayap is working together for a positive cause. At FACRP the focus during the dry season remains forest fire prevention, awareness and forest fire suppression.
The celebration lasts for 3 days whereby schools, community groups and the general public get an opportunity to participate and learn about practical action at FACRP. FACRP also provides fire prevention services to community groups as well as private residents to reduce the spread of forest fires as well as assist with developing and hosting Gayaps in various communities in Trinidad and Tobago.
Tree Planting and Organic Nursery session
FACRP has created a beautiful green Clean Tree Organic Nursery in the hills in Fondes Amandes to facilitate the reforestation activities in the hills. Some of the trees are fruit, ornamental, herb and hard wood trees.
Visitors can have an opportunity to learn about FACRP, see examples of land management techniques, visit the clean trees organic nursery and learn about our Climate resilient species research project. Each person will get an opportunity to select a plant from the FACRP’s Clean Trees Organic Nursery and with the assistance of a guide plant it in the hills of Fondes Amandes.
Session on herbs and usage, herb walk and herb kit making session. Participants will be able to take their completed herb kits home at the end of the session.
Session on herbs and usage, herb walk, herb selection and herb tea session. Participants will enjoy an aromatic tea making and tasting session.
Session on herbs and usage, herb walk, herb selection, herb bread making session and bread tasting session. Participants will enjoy the taste and smell of freshly baked herb bread made at FACRP.
Session on herbs and usage, herb walk and herb selection. Participants will participate in making the herbal shampoo as well as using the shampoo to shampoo their hair. Session highly recommend for persons who are treating hair due to hair loss caused by cancer. This shampoo is 100% organic and contains 1 ingredient which is herbal and indigenous in nature.
FACRP Annual World Environment Day Celebrations 5th June.
Since 1991 we have been celebrating this special day. Every year we invite diplomats, schools, community groups, musicians and the general public to participate in our fun-filled event.
Foras and Workshops
Some of the services offered are:
- Disaster Awarness Caravans
- Annual Forest Fire Foras
- Forest in Focus Foras
- Climate change adaptation
- Surface water management workshops
Educational & Fun
Participants will get an opportunity to learn about FACRP and the importance of the watershed management work we do. Special requests and areas of interest will be considered and sessions will be tailored to suit age group and physical capabilities of visitors. Below is a list of topics we cover at FACRP:
- Understanding the importance of the forest
- Organic tree nursery (visit to nursery)
- Tree planting and biodiversity
- Forest fire prevention
- Forest fire suppression (demonstrations included)
- Managing surface water fun off (demonstrations included)
- Community Forestry
- Climate change talks (mitigation and adaptation), with examples of adaptation Measures taken at FACRP
- Fun hikes and scenic views
- The importance of our watersheds
- The importance of conservation
- Negative impacts of forest fires within their communities
- How they can make a differences
- They participate in quizzes and develop environmental programmes in their schools
- At the end of the schools year they present their projects, showcasing their creative environmental awareness projects.
Field School at FACRP Launched in 2016
Bridgewater State University celebrated the launching of a field school. The event was held on BSU campus during Carnival Week, which was sponsored by Latin American & Caribbean Studies, to mark the official launch of the field school. On hand was Akilah Jaramogi, co-founder and managing director of FACRP who signed a memorandum of agreement concerning the field school, further cementing FACRP's partnership with BSU. This initiative was spearheaded by Dr. Fox, who has visited Trinidad for research several times since 2004. The field school is meant to be interdisciplinary, with all BSU departments encouraged to make use of its facilities and to include it in course offerings as an elective overseas research opportunity. “It’s really exciting,” said Dr. Fox, expressing her appreciation for the support the project has received from university officials, including President Frederick W. Clark Jr., and Dr. Karim Ismaili, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Dr. Fox piloted the school during trips to our community with students during the past two spring break periods in 2016 and 2017. The school will officially debut in the summer of 2018. The field school “fits well with the goal of many disciplines to work collaboratively with communities,” Dr. Fox said. “I’m thrilled about it.”
Eco-Culture Vacation Camps
Each year during the July-August vacation period (summer time) we host an eco-culture camp which focuses on connecting children to nature as well as some of our culture and traditions in T&T. Great opportunity for young people to volunteer and for children to benefit from an authentic out door experience.
FACRP welcomes donations. Our account number with First Citizen Bank of Trinidad and Tobago is 1513737 in the Name of the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP)
More Fun things to experience at FACRP
Hike to the Lady Chancellor Ridge Top
Exercise, take in the amazing
view of the ridges and that of the city, appreciate all the variety of trees on
the land as well as sample a fruit in season.
Participants will learn about
the different drums and have a practice session with a master drummer.
Visitors can get an opportunity to purchase FACRP merchandise, hand made art (made by staff and volunteers) and ecological local made jewelry. Profits from sales will go towards assisting our NGO with operational costs. The shop is open for all tours/sessions, Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm, interested persons can call 1868-689-7794 or 1868-471-2051 to purchase items.
Refreshments are based on personal requirements and our menu base on availability of ingredients. Most of our dishes are vegetarian, however meat or fish orders can be arranged. All food orders will be served in dishes that are bio-degradable or non-single use wear plates, cutlery and glasses.
Corporate retreats, team building exercise, company volunteer day for staff, space rentals for meetings and workshops, space rentals for dinners and events are also welcomed at FACRP.
Please email us at [email protected] to book your tour in advance. Please include the following in the email; contact person and details, name of group or institution, numbers of persons, type of tour/area of interest, study or research as well as special request such as interviews, meals, combined programmes, extended hours, etc. These factors often influence the per person cost of tours or sessions.
We are unable to facilitate walk-ins therefore its advised make booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Please make bookings as early as possible to ensure bookings are secured.
Prices of Tours and Eco-Sessions
Prices ranges between $60 to $600 (Trinidad and Tobago currency) or $10 to $100 American dollars per person based on a 2-3/5 hours time period. Special request, repeat visitors and number of persons, will be taken into account and costed accordingly.
Please note: Prices are subjected to change
Mondays to Fridays – Times 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. On weekends the FACRP Resource Centre is closed, however you can still email us to see if we’re available on weekends. Weekend – TBD based on request and availability of guides.
Number of Persons per tour or workshop: No less than 5 persons per group and no more than 120 persons.
Tardiness and Cancellations
If group is over 1 hour late
FACRP reserves the right to reduce the length of time group visits or cancel
the tour. Please call in advance to update us on delays where necessary. There
will be no refund for food orders 3 days before the scheduled visits.
Comfort, Safety and Disclaimers
We advise patrons to wear comfortable hiking clothes, students can wear school games clothes. During the rainy season and for river tours we recommend persons to walk with a change of clothing. During the dry season please walk with hats and sun block. To stay refreshed please walk with drinking water.
Persons with health problems or allergies that may be impacted or intensify by the booked session must be listed in the booking email. Persons with respiratory illnesses are strictly advised to walk with their inhalers. Please be reminded the FACRP is an NGO with limited resources and will like to maintain a disaster free and fun environment for all visitors. FACRP will not be liable for any injury or mishaps that may occur. Our guides are there to provide guidance, educational information and demos. If you require extra assistance, please alert our guides in a timely manner. FACRP has been offering some of these services since 1997 and has had a disaster free record and with your compliance we hope to maintain this record.
Special prices can be arranged for members and regular visitors or groups.
Founded in 1982
Celebrating World Environmental Day since 1991
Fire free since 1997
Planted over 80,000 seedlings
Proud Recipient of the Presidents Humming Bird Gold Medal Award
Trinidad and Tobago's Second highest National Award
Using Music and Culture to highlight the positive connection between nature and people
Director|Founder Ms. Akilah Jaramogi
Technical Director Kemba Jaramogi
Joyanne de Four-Babb
Most Outstanding Volunteer/s
The FACRP has partnered with several educational, social and environmental organizations such as:
Bridgewater State University
Caribbean Forest Conservation Association (CFCA)
Caribbean Natural Resource Institute (CANARI)
Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD)
Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN)
College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT)
Council of Presidents of the Environment (COPE)
Dynamic Youth Foundation
Environmental Management Authority
Global Water Partnership
Global Shapers Community POS Hub
Guardian Life Wildlife Trust
Members of the Fondes Amandes Community
National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST)
National Reforestation and Watershed Rehabilitation Programme (Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources)
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM)
Trinidad Youth Council
United Nations Environment Programme
Water Resources Agency, WASA
Institutions we have received funding from to sustain our activities
Bridgewater State University
CANARI - BHP Billiton Partnership
Cash Prize from winning the Tidy T&T Competition
Community Development Fun
European Union Development Fund
Schools that Visited and Volunteered with us:
Amep de Redoute, MARTINIQUE
Athenians Pre Secondary School
Atwell’s Primary School
Belmont Junior secondary
Bishops Anstey College
Bridgewater State University, USA
COSTAATT City Campus
Dunross Primary School
Final Generation Mission Academy
Hannah’s Pre School
Happy Hill Hindu School
Holy Faith Convent Couva
International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad
Mot Mot School
Nelson Street Boys, Port of Spain
Presentation College San Fernando
Princes Town Senior Comprehensive
Rosary Boys RC School, Port of Spain
San Fernando Boys Government
Servol Cascade Junior Life Centre
Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive
St. Ann’s R.C. Primary School
St. Andrews Prep School, Maraval
St. Anthony's College
St. François Girls College, Belmont, Port of Spain
St. Georges College
St. Joseph Convent Port of Spain
Students of Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive Secondary School
Success Laventille Composite School, Port of Spain
Talparo RC School
Trinity College, Moka, Trinidad
Trinity College, USA
University of the Southern Caribbean, Maracas St. Joseph
University of the West Indies, St. Agustine
Yale University, USA