Rainforest Adventures Helps Meeting and Incentive Travelers Fight Nature Deficit Disorder

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With Rainforest Adventures (a collection of sustainable eco-adventure parks located in some of the most sought-after conference, meetings and incentive destinations in the world), meeting planners can give delegates and business teams “nature time” in some of the richest and most diverse rainforests on the planet.

“Each of our parks work with meeting and incentive planners to create rainforest and nature themed parties and tours that tie into their corporate goals,” said Annika Bratt, vice president of sales for Rainforest Adventures. “Our team also works out the best timing so each group has either full access to the parks or private tours. Planners only have to visit www.rainforestadventure.com or call 1-866-759-8726, and we’ll put them directly in touch with the park of their choice to customize a visit.”

Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined for the growing epidemic of people (particularly children) who experience a decreased interaction with nature, has been credited to Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods (2005). This alarming lack of outdoor enjoyment is said to be due to our growing reliance on technology. Over the past few decades, research has cited numerous restorative benefits to spending time in nature – a simple walk in the woods and smelling the jungle can alleviate fatigue and stress. Add in team-building activities, such as ziplining at night, a flora and fauna scavenger hunt or an hour spent in a butterfly garden, and a day out of the office has even more inspirational and health value.

“And because Rainforest Adventures has also been recognized as a socially-responsible business, we are happy to give groups behind-the-scenes tours of our sustainability initiatives. Many businesses appreciate this offer as a way to help inspire new thinking around sustainability within their own companies,” said Annika Bratt.

Operating under strict conservation guidelines, Rainforest Adventures launched in 1994 when the first park (Costa Rica Atlantic) constructed the world’s first rainforest aerial tram – without removing a single tree in the process. Today, Rainforest Adventures has expanded its parks (locations include Costa Rica Pacific, Costa Rica Atlantic, St Lucia, and Jamaica) and tours operation (Panama), each destination offering groups and conference planners thrilling, eye-opening and educational rainforest activities. Adventures range from bobsledding through a Jamaican rainforest and aerial tram rides to the top of mountains to bird-watching tours and naturalist-led nature walks. Some locations even expand beyond the rainforest to include historical walking tours and visits to an authentic Embera Indian Village (Panama).

Each park, attractions and tour is unique, built around the natural history and culture of each country. All excursions are carbon neutral and the company has been certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) for safety.

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), St. Lucia and Jamaica, our Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience.

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