Science & Technology

Biology students to tour Costa Rica this summer

This summer, students interested in forest and marine biology have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for 12 days to study with renowned experts. Participants will visit nine different locations in Costa Rica to study, with free time for enjoying the beach and exploring built into the schedule.

A few of the locations include:

  • Poas Volcano
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Sarapiqui – Monteverde via Arenal Lake and Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The itinerary also includes hikes through lush forests, bay diving and mangrove tours.

“The course is designed as a basic introduction to tropical ecosystems,” said Karen Pritchard, biology instructor who is coordinating the trip. “During the trip, we emphasize not only the tropical environments, but also the cultural differences between Costa Rica and the U.S.”

The trip is open to any student interested. Students who attend will receive one semester credit hour for attending, but with submission of a photo journal and a term paper there is potential to earn up to three credits.

The student rate for the trip is $1,572, which includes lodging, airport-to-hotel shuttles, various meals throughout the 12 days and more. The cost does not include airfare.

A guide will accompany the group at all times, and a group coordinator will be available 24 hours a day to answer any questions and provide assistance to the participants.

For more information about the trip or to request a more detailed itinerary and cost summary, contact Karen Pritchard at or 850-474-2753.