Costa Rica: Course Details

Course Themes

  • Ecology of cloud forest and lowland rain forests
  • Sea turtle conservation
  • Ecotourism in the neotropics
  • Indigenous communities and community-based environmental education
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Participatory education

A typical day in Costa Rica is likely to include:

  • Visits to field conservation sites
  • Lectures
  • Student-led discussions of key course topics
  • Engagement with local communities
  • Open inquiries
  • Journal writing

“[This Earth Expeditions course] was personally the single greatest experience of my life and will have far-reaching effects. We came for an intense learning experience in the field, and we got it!”– Paula H., Teacher, Middletown, Ohio

Dragonfly Workshops Web-Based Learning Community

Upon acceptance into the program, students will join instructors and classmates in DragonflyWorkshops’ collaborative Web community to complete pre-trip assignments. After returning home, students will continue to work in their Web-based community through early December to develop projects initiated in the field, discuss assignments, and exchange ideas. All students should expect to spend two to three hours a week contributing to their Web-Based Learning Community from their home or school computer. Navigating the Web platform is easy–it’s designed for people with no prior computer experience. To learn more about this unique Web experience, visit

More Information

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