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Tropical Biology Practicum

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica
Course # SA 21253
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2017 03/10/17 to 03/19/17
Past Dates
Spring Break 2016 03/11/16 to 03/20/16

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Program Leader
Purdue University
Room 26 Agriculture Administration Building
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1168

Phone: 765-494-6876
Fax: 765-494-9613

Program Description

This course offers students the opportunity to explore biodiversity hand conduct field studies in tropical rainforest, Pacific dry forest, Pacific rock reef, and Pacific mangrove swamp ecosystems of Costa Rica. Students will stay at multiple locations, including La Tirimbina Bioreserve and Selva Verde Ecolodge, both located in the central lowland province; La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano and geothermal hot springs; and Curú National Wildlife Refuge on the Pacific coast. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the trip, including extensive hiking in a variety of environments, white water rafting on the Sarapiquí River, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tours of a reptile sanctuary and coffee and chocolate plantations. Students certified in the use of SCUBA will have the opportunity to go on 2-4 dives over the Pacific rock reefs near Curú. Particular emphasis will be given to using specialized field gears to collect and observe freshwater fishes, marine fishes, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals (especially bats), and birds. A full-time native guide will also provide students with insights into Costa Rican culture and history while they are experiencing the incredible biodiversity of Central America! Students will earn 2 credits

Instructor approval is required for the course.

For more information contact:
Dr. Reuben Goforth, FNR,

Program Website: Ag Study Abroad

Academic Credit

1 credit of FNR 49800.


Students must remain in good academic standing with the college.

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