2018 K-12 Professional Development
Costa Rica’s rainforests are hot, humid, and WET! Without water, these forests could not sustain their world famous biodiversity. During the 2018 Costa Rica Watershed Professional Development Course, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the complex and delicate balance between the tropical rainforest and the springs, streams, and rivers that sustain it! Not only will you experience amazing biodiversity, you’ll explore tropical ecology, watershed structure and function, and collect water quality data to bring back to your own classrooms! Join veteran educators and watershed study experts, Dr. Terri Hebert (Indiana University South Bend) and Diane Duffus (Dutchess Day School) along with EcoTeach’s lead naturalist guide, Carlos “Pika” Viquez for this extraordinary professional development experience.
- Spend two days exploring Costa Rica’s newest national park, Juan Castro Blanco, located in the northwestern end of the Central Valley. This national park protects several important ecozones including cloud forest, upland tropical rainforest and lowland tropical rainforest.
- Next, travel to Veragua Rainforest Park, a private reserve set on 4,000 acres of lowland tropical rainforest. Here, work with researchers from the Foundation for Rainforest Research and explore the connections between water and rainforest amphibians. Assist with butterfly research and learn about the use of camera traps to monitor rainforest mammals.
- Travel to the Caribbean Coast and spend two nights at a sea turtle conservation project. Work with field station researchers to conduct population studies, excavate hatched nests and release hatchlings.
- Explore local canals for wildlife and conduct water quality tests.
- On your way back to the Central Valley, stop to visit the National University of Costa Rica.
- Available Trip Dates:
July 13-20, 2018
- 2018 Program Fee:
$1,795 - $2,030 land per participant (price based on number of participants)
- Program Fee Includes:
Bilingual naturalist guide, private in-country transportation, meals and accommodations and activities and entrance fees.