Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management 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 3-credit course focusing on ecotourism in Costa Rica and culminating in a Spring Break trip.
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
- and 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: (TBD) (based on 10 students enrolled and current airfare—includes lodging, airfare, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, airport tax, travel insurance)
Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2013 ($35 application fee)
Deposit deadline: Friday, December 20, 2013 ($500 deposit)
Final payment: Friday, January 31, 2014
To apply, click here.
For more information, contact:
Smiddy Hall 321B