Immersion Program

Dr. Pinto provides background for the day’s research activities

Tropical Field Research

During the Seeds of Change Tropical Rainforest Research Program, students are immersed in a hands-on field research program that takes advantage of the immense biodiversity of the tropical rainforest. They learn how to apply the scientific method while collaborating with team members to establish their original research question as well as the experimental design for their project. Students work together to implement the steps effectively and learn how to work as a team to overcome challenges and rebound from failures within resource and time constraints, just as in any real-world project. They use statistics to validate the results of their experiments and give presentations showing the results of their work, just like any research scientist would!

Students learn directly from world-renowned experts who guide and mentor students throughout the research process.

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Overall Itinerary:

 

Students arrive at Liberia or San Jose airport.

They travel by van to the Research Station (8 days) location deep in the tropical rain/cloud forest, nestled between Rincon de la Vieja, Miravalles and Santa Maria volcanoes. 

They finish in the dry forest ecology on the Pacific coast in El Jobo for marine biology stingray capture, tag and release and sea turtle nesting sweeps (2 days). 

Off-site Adventures:

 

Participants get a healthy break from science to do nearby breathtaking activities like: 

  • Hiking the Rincon de la Vieja National Park with a naturalist to waterfalls and thermal pools

  • Zip-lining through the rainforest canopy

  • Horseback riding in rainforest

  • Cacao plantation tour: chocolate from harvest to taste-tests

  • Night hike

  • Snorkeling for stingrays

  • Turtle nesting sweeps

  • Costa Rican cooking class: students learn how to prepare their own traditional meal!

  • Beach time!

Host Amenities:

 

Finca la Anita is an eco-tourism lodge and cacao plantation located in a remote, rural town about 1.5 hours from the city of Liberia

 

Our hosts are incredibly hospitable and responsive to all our needs. The food is delicious and is grown on site or is locally sourced. The kitchen staff routinely adapt to diet preferences (gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian to name a few) and allergy-related requirements. 

 

Students stay in various size cabins (2-8 students) within earshot of teacher chaperones. Laundry services are available for a fee.

Host Site: Finca la Anita Rainforest Ranch

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