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Natural History in Costa Rica


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Program Type Departmental
Program Location San Jose, Puntarenas, Paquera, Monteverde, La Fortuna, and La Virgen, Costa Rica
Course # SA 21268
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2022 03/12/22 to 03/20/22


Program Leader
Name IPIA
Purdue University
Rm 104 Agriculture Administration Building (AGAD)
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1168

Phone: 765-494-6876
Fax: 765-494-9613
Email: AgAbroad@purdue.edu

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description
This course offers students the opportunity to explore biodiversity his 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! Instructor approval is required for the course.

For more information contact:
Dr. Reuben Goforth, FNR, rgoforth@purdue.edu

Ag Study Abroad Website: Ag Study Abroad

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Financial Aid

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