Students learn about the ecological, natural resource management, and socioeconomic factors impacting protected areas and surrounding communities and farms in Costa Rica. Field exercises, research projects, and lectures introduce students to models of conservation, biodiversity protection, and development of Costa Rica's national parks, within the context of the Costa Rican cultural application of conservation ecology.
In this research-intensive program, students develop relevant research questions that address local issues related to sustainability.
Explore the biological diversity of the rainforests of Braulio Carrillo National Park in the Volcanic Cordillera Conservation Area
Compare and contrast biodiversity protection in examples of conventional and organic agriculture
Evaluate tourism services and park management practices in Poás Volcano National park
Learn to implement the scientific research process while contributing to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions