What is BFREEBelize?

BFREE is a private research and educational facility located on a 1153 acre reserve in southern Belize, Central America. Founded in 1994 by professional biologists Jacob and Kelly Marlin, goals of BFREE are:

To aid in protection of the Bladen Nature Reserve, the jewel of the Belize protected area system.

To provide top-quality environmental education to foreign visitors and Belize nationals.

To coordinate and facilitate research of southern Belize rainforests.

Where are we?

BFREE is located in the Toledo District of southern Belize. Four protected areas completely surround the BFREE reserve, including: Bladen Nature Reserve, Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, Deep River Forest Reserve, and Maya Mountain Forest Reserve.

Biological diversity around BFREE is incredible, consisting of jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, Morelet's crocodiles, more than 300 species of birds, countless insects, and more than 180 reptiles and amphibians.

Ancient Maya archeological sites are found at BFREE, including ancient house mounds and a terraced hillside. The modern Maya of today still live in the region and often guide BFREE students and researchers into "the bush" to teach them natural history, medicinal plants, and survival skills.

Who we are?

BFREE specializes in the accommodation of researchers and student groups, and also welcomes visitors interested in conservation, sustainable living, and the study and appreciation of tropical rainforests.

Educational programs can be customized to fit your needs or you can opt to participate in BFREE's own Tropical Watershed Ecology Program.

Arrange your short and long-term research programs at BFREE. We can provide transportation, room, board, field guides, and plenty of good advice!

The BFREE Internship Program offers rich, individualized experiences to persons looking to experience life in remote tropical settings and to participate in ongoing conservation projects.