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What we do

Our mission

Our mission:

TCE aims at helping local communities of North Sulawesi (especially young people and school staff) to acknowledge the highly endangered status of the local wildlife as well as its ecological and economic importance, and to take action to protect it. The final goal is to create a powerful, sustainable and effective programme to be later on continued by locals in all the villages surrounding the reserves until threats disappear.


Answering the evaluation questionnaire.

Through its local team and many volunteers, TCE implements activities around the Tangkoko reserve and other protected forests of North Sulawesi in the administrative regions of Bitung, North Minahasa and Manado. Our main work is to design and conduct school interventions for local pupils. These activities are complemented with conservation education trainings for school staff and awareness campaigns for local communities.


Learning about the Macaques through illustrations.

TCE’s main education methods consist in bimonthly school educational interventions, which are implemented every two weeks during 9 months in each school (one class at a time). We also organised field trips in the Tangkoko forest for the pupils to learn about crested macaques and other wildlife in their natural environment.


Learning about the Macaques through observing.

Implemented in one village initially, TCE has now successfully expanded and established its activities on a larger scale, including 22 schools in 13 villages from 3 different districts, for a total of 3600 students (aged 9 to 15 years old), 100 school staff and 4400 members of the local communities.


Learning about the Macaques through illustrations.

Curret projects

Current projects

Our plan for school year 2022-2023:

Collaborate with the Education Department of Bitung to include our lessons into the regional curriculum for primary schools. To achieve this aim, we plan to deliver training for school staff and organise regular monitoring meetings with the local government.

Implement awareness campaigns for the local community using presentations, stands, concerts and performances: Earth Day, Macaque Awareness Week, etc.

Deliver the third year of Science Camp programme, for ten high school students, who will learn research and conservation skills and through theoretical, practical lessons and hands on experience delivered by TCE staff, teachers and MNP researchers in school and in the Tangkoko forest.

Implement school interventions for 200 pupils (aged 9 to 15) in the Bitung region (situated near the Tangkoko Reserve). These interventions include presentation, games and quizzes where pupils learn about their local environment.


Learning about the Macaques through illustrations.



environmenal lessons
Material & Downloads

Our enviromental lessons

Our TCE lessons are all original and designed by the TCE team. They are presented in a booklet, combined with illustrations by a professional scientific illustrator. They include key information, games, quizzes and activities do do at home.

TCE had designed seven lessons:

​Lesson 1: Environmental basics and changes over the environment;

​Lesson 2: Biodiversity of tropical rainforest;

​Lesson 3: Flora and fauna of Indonesia, Sulawesi, and the local forests;

​Lesson 4: Primates, crested macaques and the Macaca Nigra Project;

​Lesson 5: Trip to Tangkoko, observation of the crested macaques;

​Lesson 6: Characteristics of protected areas, status of and threats on Indonesian protected wildlife and conservation actions;

​Lesson 7: Coastal and marine ecosystem

For our 2023 school year, we plan to design two new and original lessons about coconut and palm oil (the 8th one of our TCE programme) and about waste/ single use plastic (the 9th one of our programme).

Material & Downloads


You can access our lessons here:

Lesson 4 about macaques:

If you wish to use our material for your conservation education programme, don’t hesitate to contact us at


Please find here our latest TCE report regarding our 2021-2022 activities (click on the picture to have access to the report):

Screenshot 2023-05-09 at 21-19-56 Tangkoko Conservation education - Tangkoko Conservation
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