Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management in Costa Rica--Spring 2014

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is pleased to announce the opportunity for students to participate in a short-term study abroad to Costa Rica during the Spring semester in 2014. Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management G LA (RLS 27700) is a 2-credit course focusing on ecotourism in Costa Rica and culminating in a Spring Break trip, March 8-16, 2014.

On this trip students will

  • Stay in ecotourism lodges in Alajuela, Monteverde, Quepos and Marino Ballena
  • Learn model sustainable ecotourism practices that protect natural resources and biodiversity, use organic methods, and support local communities and economies
  • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park to observe tropical and marine wildlife Kayak in Terraba River Mangrove Forest
  • Visit family farms and sugar cane Trapiche near Quepos and talk with local farmers
  • Hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Tour the cloud forest canopy in Selvatura Park, Monteverde
  • Volunteer with the ASANA turtle conservation project

All activities co-led by certified Costa Rican guides trained in tropical biology. Students will attend two pre-trip and one post-trip class sessions at IC (arranged by students’ schedules).

Trip pending final approval by the college

Estimated cost: ($2,996) (based on 10 students enrolled and current airfare—includes lodging, airfare, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, airport tax, travel insurance)

Application deadline: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 ($35 application fee)

Deposit deadline: Friday, January 10, 2014 ($500 deposit)

Final payment: Friday, January 31, 2014

To apply, click here.

For more information, contact:

Linda Heyne, Ph.D.


Smiddy Hall 321B

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