COSTA RICA FIELD COURSE for INDEPENDENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


LENGTH: 7 Days/6 Nights

FIXED DEPARTURE DATES: Jul 18-24.

*Please see our other COSTA RICA FIELD COURSES and our COSTA RICA FIELD COURSE for EDUCATORS at http://www.rainforestandreef.org or contact us for details and pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

*FIELD COURSES for those with SPECIAL INTERESTS, such as BIRDING and GARDEN GROUPS are available upon request. Sample itineraries can be seen at http://www.birdingtours.org (being updated), http://www.gardentours.org (being updated) and also http://www.rainforestandreef.org. Please contact Rainforest and Reef for details and pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

*An affordable extension to CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK available upon request before or after our COSTA RICA FIELD COURSE for INDEPENDENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. Description is included below.

*WHITE-WATER RAFTING in Costa Rica also available upon request.

*SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAMS for individuals/groups are also available in Costa Rica. A sample itinerary can be seen at http://www.iwanttolearnspanish.org (being updated) and also http://www.rainforestandreef.org. SPANISH IMMERSION is also available in the rainforest. Please contact Rainforest and Reef for details and pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

FIELD COURSE COST: 1295.00USD per person. Based on a minimum of 15 full-paying participants. Cost is based on triple and quadruple occupancy. Double and single occupancy available upon request, usually at an extra cost.

Includes: All INSTRUCTION and BI-LINGUAL GUIDE SERVICES; all MEALS and LODGING as stated in the itinerary; all GROUND and WATER TRANSPORTATION within Costa Rica; all ENTRANCE FEES to NATIONAL PARKS and OTHER SITES.

Does Not Include: ROUND-TRIP INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE to Costa Rica; INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX (26.00USD per person); GRATUITIES and PERSONAL ITEMS.
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Rainforest and Reef uses consolidators/wholesalers for all of our GROUP and INDIVIDUAL airfares. We are therefore able to offer the LOWEST RATES available. Please contact Rainforest and Reef for details and pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

GROUP LEADER BIO and CONTACT INFORMATION:

Group Leader: Heather Renyck, White Mountains Regional High School, Whitefield, New Hampshire

Contact Information: hrenyck@mac.com

Bio: Heather Renyck acquired her Geology degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While working for two professors in the geo-science department, she had unique opportunities to assist them both in the field and lab. Additionally, she was a Teaching Assistant in the department for three years. This spawned a desire to become an educator and led to teaching certifications in Earth, Space, Physical and General Sciences. Heather has been teaching science for seven years. She began her teaching career in Indiana, but now calls Littleton, New Hampshire her home. She currently teaches Earth Science and Biology at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, New Hampshire. Her interests include Geology, Birding, Photography, People, Hiking And Travel. A more comprehensive view of Heather’s background can be found at: http://web.mac.com/hrenyck/iWeb/Site/Home.html.

Group Leader: Doug Fraser, Head of Science, Timiskaming District Secondary School, New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada

Contact Information: dfraser@ourniche.net

Bio: Doug Fraser has been teaching Biology and Science with enthusiasm and passion for over 20 years. He has co-authored numerous High School Biology textbooks. Mr. Fraser has traveled to the tropics on numerous occasions, including Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, the Caribbean, the Galápagos and Upper Amazon Basin of Ecuador. Doug has organized and supervised student trips to Costa Rica, Belize and Panama. He is a frequent featured speaker at professional conferences on a wide range of science topics including tropical biology, pseudoscience, computer modeling of macromolecules and the teaching of evolution. Prior to teaching, Doug spent two years supervising moose studies at the Wildlife Research Station in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. His interests include evolutionary biology, conservation, scuba diving, birding, backpacking and nature photography. He is currently the Head of Science at Timiskaming District Secondary School, in New Liskeard. First and foremost, Doug is committed to sharing his love of biology with students and fellow teachers.

ITINERARY:

MEAL CODES: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

Note: On the MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM that you will be receiving shortly after registration, please make us aware of any special meal requests and/or dietary restrictions….vegan, vegetarian, etc., that you or members of your group may have. We will be pleased to fulfill your requests/needs.

DAY 1 ARRIVAL SAN JOSÉ-FIELD COURSE ORIENTATION. Following your arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside of San José, you will be met by our Costa Rica Field Course Staff and transferred to your hotel. After dinner, there will be an orientation session to our Costa Rica Field Course. Overnight San José. D

Note: You will be met outside of Immigration and Customs by Rainforest and Reef Staff. They will be holding a sign that says:

DAY 2 BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK-BANANA PLANTATION TOUR-TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
. After an early breakfast, we will depart for Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope. En route, we will stop and hike in Braulio Carillo National Park, one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica. Six different life zones are present in the Park. Following our hike we will visit a nearby banana plantation. Here, our group will learn how bananas are raised and processed in Costa Rica. The history, economic importance and ecological impact of the banana industry will also be considered. Following lunch, participants will journey to world-famous Tortuguero National Park. Once arriving on the shores of the Caribbean, we will travel by boat through an inland waterway to the Park and the John H. Phipps Biological Station. Upon arrival, participants will be welcomed by Research Staff and given an orientation session about the Station, its’ history and work that is being done here by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC). After dinner, we will assist CCC Staff and Volunteers in their sea turtle conservation efforts. Five of the world’s eight species of sea turtles species breed offshore and nest on the beaches of Tortuguero. Participants may have the opportunity to observe tagging and measuring of turtles, as females come ashore to lay eggs. Some nests are created below the high tide line and eggs laid here have little or no chance to develop and hatch. In an effort to increase survivorship, some of these nests are relocated to higher ground. Our presence on the beach, especially at night, is also a great deterrent to poachers, who collect and eat or sell the eggs. Dinner and overnight Tortuguero. B L D

Note: Turtle breeding and nesting are seasonal and often unpredictable. Observation of sea turtles or research on live sea turtles is NEVER guaranteed.



DAY 3 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
. After breakfast, participants will travel through the canals of Tortuguero National Park to observe some of the lush surrounding rainforest. Some call this "Costa Rica’s Amazon", as eleven different life zones have been identified. Wildlife found here include three species of monkeys, river otters, three-toed sloths, caimans, iguanas, freshwater turtles and more than 320 species of birds, including all 6 species of New World kingfishers, 3 species of toucans and 8 species of parrots. Aside from its’ diverse flora and fauna, Tortuguero is a beautiful and tranquil spot, with palm-lined beaches stretching off as far as the eye can see in both directions. Group members will also be involved in daily activities of CCC Research Staff and Volunteers. These include beach clean-up, which helps to remove debris that may hamper female turtles from coming ashore to lay eggs or hatchlings from making their way to the ocean. Debris includes plastic goods, aluminum cans or logs brought ashore by sea currents. While walking the beach, we will also be on the look out for hatchlings attempting to make an early departure for the ocean. These will be brought back into a hatchery and released just before sunset to increase their chances of survival. Dinner and overnight Tortuguero. B L D

DAY 4 ARENAL VOLCANO-BALDI HOT SPRINGS. Early this morning, we will depart for Arenal Volcano. One of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere, Arenal has been in a constant state of activity since it last erupted in 2005. Located on the southern shores of the Lake Arenal, it is a spectacular site, with its perfect conical shape rising from the surrounding hills. Following lunch, we will visit Baldi Hot Springs, located at the base of Arenal. Steaming waters from the Río Tabacón form waterfalls and natural therapeutic pools that we can soak and relax in. The hot springs found here are surrounded by brilliant vegetation, while Arenal serves as a stunning backdrop. After the sun sets, we will with some luck, observe the activity of Arenal. On a clear night, one can see bursts of fire and red-hot molten lava shooting hundreds of feet into the sky, whereas during the day only smoke and the volcano's roar are apparent. Explosions typically occur every couple of hours. Overnight near Lake Arenal. B L D



DAY 5 ARENAL VOLCANO LAVA FLOWS-LA FORTUNA WATERFALLS-LAKE ARENAL-MONTEVERDE CLOUDFOREST RESERVE
. Following breakfast today, we will spend the morning hiking on the hardened lava flows that make up Arenal’s lower slopes. Here our group will observe the remains of the volcano’s more active past. We will also hike to the beautiful La Fortuna waterfalls. After lunch, we will take a brief look at Lake Arenal, the largest in Costa Rica. A hydroelectric dam at one end produces 75% of the electricity used in Costa Rica. It is also well known for its’ windsurfing and freshwater fishing. Our group will then travel to the village of Monteverde, where we will visit the famed Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. At present, Monteverde is comprised of 27,000 acres and run by the Monteverde Conservation League. The Reserve is cool, due to its’ elevation and lush vegetation. Incredible biodiversity here includes 400 species of birds, 100 kinds of mammals, 500 butterfly species and 2500 different types of plants. Three species of monkeys, tree sloths, coatimundis, kinkajous, the spectacular resplendent quetzal, three-wattled bell birds, red-eyed tree frogs and blue morpho butterflies are just a few of the animal highlights. Dinner and overnight Monteverde. B L D



DAY 6 MONTEVERDE CLOUDFOREST RESERVE-BUTTERFLY FARM-CASEM ARTISAN’S COOPERATIVE-FAREWELL DINNER
. After breakfast this morning, we will hike in the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve. Our local Naturalist Guides will help to identify flora and fauna we encounter, as well as discuss conservation efforts in Monteverde. Following lunch, we will visit a local women’s arts and crafts cooperative called CASEM. A wide range of hand-made work is featured here, whose themes focus on the natural beauty of the area. We will then return to San José for our Farewell Dinner and overnight. B L D

DAY 7 DEPARTURE. After an early breakfast and farewells to our Costa Rica Field Course Staff, you will be transferred to Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside of San José for your return flight home. B

Note: Due to weather conditions and circumstances beyond the control of Field Course Staff, certain activities may be changed or done on different days in the best interest of the group.

EXTENSION: CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

Note: Overnight stays in San José may be required prior to and/or following our CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK EXTENSION. If necessary, hotel reservations and transfers will be arranged through Rainforest and Reef.

LENGTH: 3 Days/2 Nights (longer extensions available upon request)

AVAILABLE DATES: Before or after any of our Field Courses in Costa Rica.

COST: Please contact Rainforest and Reef by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

DESCRIPTION: Corcovado National Park is located in the southwestern corner of the spectacular Osa Peninsula. It protects 103,200 acres of shallow lagoons, marshes, mangrove swamps, rivers, lowland tropical rainforest, low altitude cloudforest and 29 miles of sandy coastline. This region has the greatest biodiversity of any protected area in Costa Rica, including more than 500 species of trees, 140 different kinds of mammals, 367 bird species, 40 types of freshwater fish, 117 species of amphibians/reptiles and an estimated 6,000 insect species. It is also home to large mammals, such as jaguar, tapir, ocelot, peccaries and Costa Rica’s largest population of scarlet macaws. Its’ great biodiversity and pristine condition have long attracted tropical ecologists and their research. Corcovado is certainly one of the highlights on any visit to Costa Rica.

 
 


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