For over a century, researchers at Barro Colorado Island (BCI), part of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, have been studying the rich biodiversity and complex ecosystems of the tropical rainforests of Panama.
Barro Colorado is a unique and valuable site for scientific research, and its contributions to our understanding of tropical biology and conservation are immeasurable.
Barro Colorado Island’s 100-year celebration highlights groundbreaking research that has led to countless discoveries and insights into tropical ecosystems, advancing our understanding of the natural world, inspiring scientists, and informing conservation efforts.
To mark this momentous occasion, we are hosting events and activities throughout the year, including exhibitions, talks, and public programs. We invite you to join us in celebrating 100 years of discovery and wonder at BCI.
Visit our NMNH Exhibition and Museo del Canal Exhibition to learn more about the history and science of BCI. And don’t forget to stop by our gift shop to pick up a memento of your visit.
May – August, 2023
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, EEUU
May – October, 2023
Museo Del Canal Interocéanico, Panama City, Panama
Symposium & Alumni Reunion
The BCI 100 symposium is part of a year-long celebration to celebrate the past, present and future of tropical science, and in particular, the outsize impact Barro Colorado Island has had on the field of tropical biology.
News and Events
Stay up-to-date on the latest news and events happening at BCI, including talks, and field trips.
April 17th, 2023
Happy Birthday BCI
100 Years of Tropical Biology at the Smithsonian’s Barro Colorado Island Research Station in Panama.
November 24th, 2022
BCI Birthday Begins
Barro Colorado 100 Years of Discovery and Wonder exhibit opens in Washington.
Support the next 100 years of science
Help support the future of scientific research at BCI by contributing to the BCI Centennial Endowment. Your donation will help ensure that this unique and valuable site continues to be a hub of scientific discovery for years to come.
100 years of research
Explore the history of research at BCI through our stories, videos, and scientific bibliography. From the groundbreaking studies of the past to the innovative research of today, BCI has been at the forefront of tropical biology for 100 years.
Through innovative research and a commitment to conservation, the next 100 years of science at Barro Colorado Island will uncover new insights into the complexities of tropical ecosystems, paving the way for a brighter and more sustainable future for all.
Visit Barro Colorado
Experience the wonder of BCI for yourself by participating in our public program. From guided hikes to wildlife watching, there’s something for everyone at BCI.
Stay connected with us on social media and share your own experiences and discoveries at BCI. Use the hashtag #BarroColorado100 to join the celebration.