EXPLORE-LEARN-GROW

Have you ever dreamed of going on a true educational adventure to exotic places like the Darien Jungle, Panama’s remote islands, the Amazon Jungle, or the South African Bushfield? Join Outdoor Leadership Institute (OLI) expeditions and challenge yourself in an outdoor education program that will build your confidence, determination, and leadership skills.

EXPLORE-LEARN-GROW

Have you ever dreamed of going on a real educational adventure to exotic places like the Darien Jungle, Panama’s remote islands, the Amazon Jungle, or the South African Bushfield? Join Outdoor Leadership Institute (OLI) expeditions and challenge yourself in an outdoor education program that will build your confidence, determination, and leadership skills. We can customize a trip of a lifetime for your family, group, or organization.

Panama coastline

Panama

Panama is a country in Central America with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. It is situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America and is the narrowest point of a land bridge between the two continents, sharing the biodiversity of both. Panama offers sandy-beach islands, tropical rainforests with pristine waterfalls, and green, misty mountain valleys spread with coffee plantations framed by volcanoes making it one of the most attractive destinations in the world.

Panama coastline
Rhino surveying the land

South Africa

South Africa is known for its biodiversity and wildlife, which makes this country an incredible conservation and adventure destination. This raw natural gem is the home to over 230 mammal species, including the famous Big Five game animals and many other species. The combination of the beauty of the landscape and wildlife makes South Africa a truly inspiring and exciting country to explore.

At sea with the Mama Nido

At Sea

For the last decade, Mama Nido has been on station in Panama and occasion­ally, Costa Rica. Differing from a large traveling sport fisher, the Mama Nido allows non-fishing guests to partake in other activities while abroad such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and other paddle sports. It offers accessibility for extended periods in the most remote of anchorages, yet provides the comfort of home. Panama has so much to see and do and seeing it on the Mama Nido is an experience like no other.

At sea with the Mama Nido

Our Mission

Our Mission is to foster creative, critical, and divergent thinking in young people. To develop emotionally intelligent and successful young leaders capable of adaptability and collaboration through a challenging outdoor program that will give them confidence, determination, and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

Conservation Efforts

Rhino surveying the land

SAVE A RHINO

A catastrophe is taking place before our eyes. If we do not act our Rhinos are facing extinction within the next 15 to 20 years.

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Forest from the air

Sustainable Forestry

A balance between society’s increasing demand for forest products and the preservation of forest health is critical to the survival and prosperity of forest-dependent communities in Panama.

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Embera Indian Village

Cultural Preservation

The Embera who are indiginous to Panama are facing threats to their lands and culture due to development. Preservation of this culture and history is critical.

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Baby turtle on shore

Ocean Awareness

Our Turtle Preservation Program in the Darien has grown from 150 to 250 nests. The program pays local people to preserve and protect the nest sites and to reach the sea once hatched.

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