Centro de Interpretación de la Reserva Costa Atlántica






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Organisation name

Municipality of Río Grande

Financial support

Own budget, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (USA), SEACOLOGY (USA) and the collaboration of Asociación Ambiente Sur.

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year



Environmental education on coastal environment and Migratory Shorebirds

The Atlantic Coast Reserve of Tierra del Fuego comprises 220 km of coastline, but we also manage two small urban water reserves in our city.

The main focus is on the coastal environment and its birds. The Interpretation Centre is located at the entrance to the city, about 4 km from the city centre. In our first year we have had about 4000 visitors of which 90% are children from the schools of the city.


Work areas

Main CEPA activities

A permanent display on migratory shorebirds, birdwatching trips, participation in well-attended events.

Three main achievements

The Traveller's Bag is one of our achievements. Although it has not yet reached its full development, this suitcase goes from school to school bringing material to children and teachers that they can then replicate for their use.

We have now reached 7 Bird Festivals. Each one with its achievements and mistakes.

We have managed to implement the Rio Grande Urban Nature Reserve System, which so far has 2 Nature Reserves: Punta Popper and Laguna de los Patos.

Three main challenges

First of all we must make our Natural Protected Areas known, then we must incorporate the care that must be taken in them (no dogs, no motorbikes).

The biggest challenge: to be proud of what we have.

The Atlantic Coast Reserve is already 20 years old and very few people know about it: we have done very badly in the diffusion...


Areas of Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools.

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources/materials


PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning;



Tabaré Barreto, centrodeinterpretacionrca@gmail.com , city of Río Grande, province of Tierra del Fuego, Republic of Argentina

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