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The Pantanal Center for Education and Research (PCER) is a rural community center and scientific research station based in the Northern Pantanal in Mato Grosso, Brazil (see map). PCER was created with the help of private donations, grants, scholarships and fellowships. PCER is partnered with Pantanal Partnership, a University of Michigan multidisciplinary Sponsored S
tudent Organization, and the locally-owned Jaguar Ecological Reserve

Social Programs
PCER aims to offer the following programs for members of the local community:
- public primary school
- evening basic adult education courses (improving literacy)
- courses to train new naturalist guides for employment in the area
- courses in English
- courses in emergency medicine, CPR and First Aid 
- courses in water filtration and public health
- courses in the construction and use of sustainable technologies
- a small medical examination room with periodic doctor visits

Study and Research
PCER offers biologists, anthropologists, engineers and others space to conduct studies in ecology, sustainable development (cultural and environmental impact), and sustainable technology design and testing, with:
- a research laboratory and space for researchers
- study and volunteer opportunities for foreigners and Brazilians
- a testing ground for new sustainable technologies that can be applied widely in the area

Project Progress

In Summer 2012, we built a new sustainable water tower for PCER, and embarked on a new outreach project spreading sustainable bio-sand water filter technology to other rural communities in the area.

Check out a bit of Summer 2011, at our blog and also one from our documentary maker Kacie Smith.

To see what happened in Summer 2010 check out our architects' blog
Design/Build Brazil and our engineers' blog Water Systems Engineers!

And if can't get enough, check out Picasa Web Album with all our summer photos.


We accept tax-deductible donations through our University of Michigan sponsored student organization. We appreciate all support, and 100% of donations go towards our efforts in the Pantanal. 

To donate, please make checks payable to:
University of Michigan

Memo line: Pantanal Partnership

And mail to:
Office Advancement
2000 Lurie Engineering Center
1221 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Contact us at ethan@pantanalcer.org or julie@pantanalcer.org for more information.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Pantanal News - Spring 2014 Spring is in the air, and over fifty people are preparing to work on various projects in the Pantanal over the summer. Our annual fundraiser, Pantanal in the Arb, is ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2014, 6:20 AM by Ethan Shirley
  • Pantanal News - Winter 2013-2014 HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us in Brazil and in the United States! Come see an exhibit about the Pantanal and our work at the Duderstadt Center Gallery in January ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2014, 5:45 AM by Ethan Shirley
  • Fall Newsletter Pantanal News - Fall 2013BOM DIA! This summer was a success as we executed a variety of projects in a variety of locations. We worked with partners old and new ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2013, 5:23 AM by Ethan Shirley
  • Primeiro Concerto do Nazare! After four weeks of music classes, the students of Nazare had their first concert today! The PME team will be blogging soon in greater detail. For now, here's some ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2013, 8:56 PM by Julie Bateman
  • Beginning of music lessons at Nazaré We've begun the Pantanal Music Exchange teaching program in the past few weeks here, working with kids at the Nazaré Orphanage to learn to play the violin, viola, and ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2013, 11:20 AM by Ethan Shirley
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