Current Projects

Casa K’inich Repairs and Update of Exhibits begins February 2016


Donaldo Martinez has taught conservation for five years at village  schools

Parrots in Freedom, Beauty Returns The educational program for  2016 began in February and incorporated an additional twelve area schools. The Scarlet Macaw is the National Bird of Honduras and in 2011 an educational program funded by the Copan Maya Foundation was developed on its protection.  To date (2016) over 6000 youths have participated in the program.  The program provides handout materials and culminates in an annual “Festival de la Guara Roja” or “Scarlet Macaw Festival” with children from area schools participating.  Educational modules on the conservation of the Scarlet Macaw are available free in in PDF form by clicking any of the links below.  At present they are only available in Spanish.

Characteristics of the Scarlet Macaw

Hábitat de la Guara Roja

Alimentacion de la Guara Roja

Reproduccion de la Guara Roja

La Guara Roja en el Mundo Maya

Amenazas par la Guara Roja

La Guara Roja dentro del Mundo Maya en Copán

Guaras en Libertad

Education has changed current thinking of youths in the area from capturing and selling the birds to developing an appreciation for an ecosystem where the Scarlet Macaw can be free and not a pet.  The “Festival of Guaras” has become an  annual event.

Completion of Technical Registers, Archival Updates and Storage of Archaeological Materials from Tomb 08-01 in the Oropendola Temple
ugust-December 2015

Casa K’inich Teachers’ Guidebook: This teachers’ guidebook helps teachers get the most out of their visit to Copan; available since 2005 as a free PDF download in Spanish or English through the FAMSI website.  Copan Maya Foundation plans to re-write the manual to include 12 new exhibits in Casa K’inich added in 2013.  Contributions from leaders in Maya research have made this unique and innovative resource available free to Honduran public school teachers and researchers.

Support to Honduran Students: Many Hondurans studying Maya-related topics at a university have scholarships but little income to augment their educational experiences with books, fieldwork and symposium. The foundation believes an educated Honduran presence is essential to the management and preservation of Copan and the rest of Honduran patrimony, so we offer support, but not scholarships to Honduran students studying topics that will help them care for Honduran national patrimony.