At Lower Dover Field Station and Jungle Lodge, we go to great lengths to be as sustainable as possible within our means. We compost, air dry our linens, encourage our guests to use public transit to reach us, swim in natural swimming pools, and reject the use of endangered bay leaf palm roofing thatch. Only our library roof is made with thatch, and was constructed nearly 20 years ago. In fact, Lower Dover participates in conservation efforts to replant and protect many endangered plants and tree species, most of which are visible on our medicinal plant trail.
Instead of endangered thatch, we use readily available zinc, which benefits us in two ways. It is less expensive, and allows for the sustainable act of collecting rainwater for drinking and showering. All drinking water is screened twice before entering the water collection cistern, then filtered with a purification extension for the most clean and fresh water possible. We save our rainwater for bathing and drinking only. To further conserve the rainwater, we use local creek water for all the bathroom sinks and flush toilets.
The rainwater showers are a magical experience for our guests used to hard treated water at home! Travelers that stay at Lower Dover rave about how clean their hair and skin feel after washing with fresh water. When the sun hasn’t been heating the tanks, guest will be happy to know that most of our showers are heated by a low current electrical shower head. We also advocate the use of earth friendly soaps, and suggest you bring some locally made, natural soaps home with you as gifts for your family and friends.