Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management in Costa Rica G LA (3 credits) -- Fall 2014, Block II, MW 4-5:15 pm

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is pleased to announce the opportunity for students to enroll in RLS 27700  Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management (CRN# 23294) in Fall 2014 Block II, which culminates in a Winter Break trip to Costa Rica, January 3-11, 2015.

On this trip students will:

  • Stay in ecotourism lodges in Alajuela, La Amistad, Monteverde, and Marino Ballena
  • Learn model sustainable ecotourism practices that protect natural resources and biodiversity, use organic methods, and support local communities and economies
  • Hike through La Amistad International Park to observe tropical wildlife and the regeneration of primary and secondary tropical rainforests
  • Learn about indigeneous people of Costa Rica at Spheres Park, a World Heritage Site
  • Talk with local people about conservation and sustainability practices
  • Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Tour the cloud forest canopy in Selvatura Park, Monteverde
  • Volunteer with the ASANA turtle conservation project

All activities are co-led by certified Costa Rican guides trained in tropical biology. This course requires students to participate in both the Fall 2014 Block II course and the trip to Costa Rica.

Estimated cost: $1,900 + airfare (based on 10 students enrolled--includes lodging, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, travel insurance)

Application deadline: Monday, October 6, 2014 ($35 application fee)

Deposit deadline: Monday, October 20, 2014 ($500 deposit)

Final payment: Friday, November 21, 2014

To apply, click here.

For more information, contact:

Linda Heyne, Ph.D.


Smiddy Hall 321B

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