Students learn about the ecological, natural resource management, and socioeconomic factors impacting protected areas and surrounding communities and farms in Costa Rica. Field exercises, research projects, and lectures introduce students to models of conservation, biodiversity protection, and development of Costa Rica's national parks, within the context of the Costa Rican cultural application of conservation ecology.
In this research-intensive program, students develop relevant research questions that address local issues related to sustainability.
Hike the oak forest and páramo ecosystems of the highlands of Cerro de La Muerte
Visit Arenal Volcano National Park and evaluate the consequences of increased tourism in an effort to inform park managers about opportunities to foster better relationships with surrounding communities
Learn to implement the scientific research process while contributing to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions