Through a combination of expert lectures, peer exchange, and hands-on activities, this intensive seminar will show how an educational field experience could impact your students, both in and outside the classroom. Leading zoo-based informal science educators will assist in the course instruction and together with fellow educators, you’ll learn about topics ranging from fundraising, curriculum integration, and gaining school board approval, to the country’s tropical ecosystems, industries, and ongoing conservation efforts.
LODGE & SCLC
Field-Based Learning Seminar participants will have the chance to enjoy two local treasures: Selva Verde Lodge and the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC). Both are located in a 500-acre private retreat nestled in the rainforest and offer a combination of comfort, natural beauty and local education practices.
The SCLC is a non-profit organization founded to preserve and improve the cultural integrity of the rural Costa Rican community of Chilamate. With a focus on education and environmental conservation, the Center is an ideal venue for cultural exchange. While there, you may learn about
reforestation projects, trail building and maintenance, butterfly gardening, and medicinal plant cultivation.
Selva Verde Lodge features lush rainforest surroundings and generous Costa Rican hospitality. This eco resort was founded on the principles of environmental conservation and education, and the lodge was a pioneer in Costa Rican ecotourism. Selva Verde's 500-acre Sarapiquí rainforest preservation area provides habitat for a wide variety of birds, animals, reptiles, insects, and plants. It was recently awarded the fourth level of sustainability by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST).
Cost per person including all meals, activities lodging and round-trip flights between Miami and San José.
Receive a $350 credit if you choose to make your own air arrangements.
Bring a group of seven or more students into the field within two years of participating in this program and receive a $600 credit.