Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management Spring 2013
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 2013. Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management G LA (RLS 27700) is a 3-credit course focusing on ecotourism in Costa Rica and culminating in a Spring Break trip.
In Block I class will meet on Mondays, 6:15-8:15 p.m. During Spring Break, March 9-17 (9 days), students and faculty will travel to Costa Rica. There they will:
- Stay in ecotourism lodges in Alajuela, Monteverde, Quepos and Marino Ballena
- Talk with ecolodge operators to learn model sustainable practices that protect natural resources and biodiversity, use organic methods, and support local peoples and economies
- Visit Manuel Antonio National Park to observe tropical wildlife and enjoy the ocean
- 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
- Take cloud forest canopy tour in Selvatura Park
- Participate in ASANA turtle conservation project
All activities are co-led by certified Costa Rican guides trained in tropical biology.
After the study abroad experience, class will meet on Monday, April 1, to discuss the experience.
Cost: Approx. $2,220 + Airfare
(Based on 10 students enrolled. The fee includes lodging, all meals in Costa Rica, guides, vans, park and activity fees, airport tax, and travel insurance; it does not include airport and in-flight meals, snacks, some beverages, and optional tips.)
For more information, contact:
Smiddy Hall 321B
PENDING FINAL APPROVAL FROM THE COLLEGE