There are many ways in which the VCHT works with the people that come to the Trust or with the comunity. Here's some of the things that we do and that you can be a part of.
"Movimiento en Apoyo a Nuestros Tesoros Ambientales" Movement in Support of Our Environmental Treasures; that is what MANTA stands for, our reach-out program for kids aged 5 to 17. A hands-on educational and fun experience they will never forget. Main activities happen in the summer, but this is not just summer program; MANTA reaches all the Vieques schools throughout the school year.
Puerto Mosquito Bioluminescent Bay is considered the brightest and most pristine in the world. Its conservation is part of our mission. Since its founding the VCHT has been involved in scientific and technical work that supports its conservation and assists the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources: such as, erosion and sedimentation control, water quality monitoring and dinoflagellate counts.
The VCHT Scholarship Program has been assisting deserving Viequense students with their higher education expenses since 2005. Currently there are 15 scholarship holders, Since its creation the Program has benefited almost 60 students. They study such diverse subjects as microbiology, molecular sciences, music, aerospace engineering, civil engineering and journalism, among others.
Analysis, advice, education, advocacy about environmental and planning issues
Support to the community and government with environmental and other activities
Our exhibits include a museum, art gallery, aquarium and the Biobay room, where you can find information about Vieques history, wildlife, art, culture and other subjects.
Begin your tour of our malecón facilities in our museum, where you can learn about our logo, a jade amulet found at the archaeological dig in La Hueca on Vieques, and the cultures stretching from the 4000 year-old man site to the Huecoid and Taino eras (600 BC-1492 AD).
We host art a varying array of exhibitions featuring local artists in our museum as well.
We also welcome you to explore the “world’s smallest aquarium” with its mangroves and changing inhabitants. You never know what you might find! Everything from lionfish to starfish to octopus and sea anemones!
And beyond that you can enter the magical world of the Barbara Baker Bio Bay Room with its giant glowing dinoflagellates.