The Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC) is a non-profit 501c3), education, research and conservation corporation, and operates the Bocas del Toro Biological Station in Panama. Our mission is to:
- offer quality field ecology courses to undergraduates and graduate students,
- provide facilities for long-term biological research in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems,
- operate programs for the conservation of sea turtles, rain forests and other natural resources along the Caribbean coast of Panama,
- aid the local community by establishing educational programs and workshops on resource conservation, reforestation, pollution control and by providing alternative employment opportunities having minimal environmental impact.