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Nature Discovery Center Opens at Amanyara in Turks & Caicos
2011-03-26 13:22:45 by
Amanyara, the luxury hideaway of Amanresorts, in the remote untouched Northwest end of Providenciales, has opened an on-site Nature Discovery Center, with a full-time naturalist in residence, Lindsay Mensen.

Mensen, who has been working for the past 4 years in the Turks & Caicos Islands studying the flora and fauna, will organize activities to showcase the island's natural wonders. For younger guests, there will be daily programs co-hosted by teachers from the American Museum of Natural History's Science and Nature department. These will include research expeditions, nature-themed yoga classes, beach walks, scavenger hunts, and turtle nesting site conservation, all focused on learning more about the islands’ indigenous land, sea and sky creatures.

For adults, there will be a morning Eco Hike to learn about the geology of Providenciales, the dry tropical forest, medicinal uses of native plants, and the birds, reptiles, and bugs of the islands. The center will also offer marine adventures, with kayaking, snorkeling and diving.

The evenings will present stargaizig and a nature documentary film or guest speaker, which could be any of these highly-regarded biologists: Dr. Glenn Gerber of the San Diego Zoo, Founder of the Caribbean Wildlife Foundation; Dr. Graham Reynolds, Philosophy in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Dr. Peter Richardson, Marine Conservation Society and The Turtle Project; and Brian Naqqi Manco, Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources, Turks & Caicos Islands.

The resort derives its name from aman, the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, and yara, the word for ‘place’ in the language of the Arawak Amerindians, one of the region’s first indigenous peoples. It enjoys a pristine location well removed from much of the development on the eastern side of the island. Visit AmanResorts.com to learn more about the Nature Discovery Center at Amanyara.