Current Projects

Casa K’inich Repairs and Update of Exhibits is ongoing.


Donaldo Martinez has taught conservation for five years at village  schools

Parrots in Freedom, Beauty Returns The Scarlet Macaw is the National Bird of Honduras and in 2011 an educational program funded by the Copan Maya Foundation was developed to teach adults and children how to protect it in the wild. To date (2018) 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 and the Casa K’inich Childrens Museum.  The book has been completely re-written by author Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet and is available for free at the offices of the Copan Association in Copan, Honduras.  You can also request a copy by sending us an email to

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.

Casa Sharer  located in Copan, Honduras Contact Asociación Copan info@asociacioncopan.orgor 504 2651 4103 for information and availability.
:  For over 25 years this property served as housing to students of archaeology doing research in Copan Ruinas, Honduras.  In 2013 the estate of Dr. Robert Sharer donated the property to the Copan Association with the request that future use of the property continue as long term residential housing for researchers and students. Casa Sharer is meant to provide long term secure safe accommodations to students and researchers who require housing while in Copan.
Location:  Casa Sharer is located on a paved road above the village of Copan Ruinas, Honduras in a well-developed neighborhood.  It is easily accessible by taxi moto; private car and is within a 10 minute walk to the center of town.
Accomodations:  Large fully equipped kitchen; furnished common area;  twice weekly garbage pickup; 2 large water holding tanks; hot water showers in all bathrooms.  Property is enclosed with privacy fencing and a large locked gate with a private parking area for several vehicles.  This is a fully furnished house with 3 bedrooms; 3 baths, kitchen; large common area.  Each bedroom has its own lock and key. Linens included fully equipped kitchen (stove, dishware, refrigerator, pots, pans, utensils etc.).
Neighborhood Amenities:  The neighborhood has small family run stores where food, water, and snacks can be purchased.  There are also several neighborhood women who operate meal service out of their houses. Village of Copan is a 10 minute walk to the central park where there are restaurants; coffee shops; markets; shopping areas. Please Contact Asociación Copan or 504 2651 4103 for additional information and availability.