Costa Rica

Rainforest Ecology &
Field Science Education

for educators

June 26th - 30th, 2015

Join Holbrook Travel for an exciting five-day professional development workshop as you explore the beautiful habitats, unique wildlife, and natural wonders of Costa Rica.

This unique professional development workshop is an excellent introduction to the many field science opportunities available in Costa Rica. During this action-packed seminar, teachers will experience some of the exciting hands-on activities and expert lectures that can be included during student field expeditions. Daily peer exchange sessions will allow educators to share insights and ideas for maximizing the benefits of field experiences after returning to the classroom.

A Holbrook representative will be in attendance to share advice on topics such as fundraising, logistics, curriculum integration, gaining school board approval, and other suggestions based on each individual’s personal teaching goals. This program is ideal for high school teachers, but is also suitable for middle school educators, higher education instructors, and other education professionals.

Educational gains


Day 1

  • Sarapiquí // Selva Verde Lodge // Dinner
  • Arrivals in Costa Rica
  • Transfer to Selva Verde Lodge
  • Orientation the program and introductions
  • Evening lecture: The ABCs of Student Travel

Day 2

  • Sarapiquí // Selva Verde Lodge //
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Early morning bird walk
  • Welcome the Rainforest Workshop
    • 10-20 minute orientation in the Selva Verde classroom followed by hike in the primary forest reserve with focus on ecology, structure, function, and trail safety.
  • Reflection time/possible breakout activity
  • Introduction the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center
  • Cooking class organized by the SCLC
  • Evening lecture: Obtaining Funds for Travel

Day 3

  • Sarapiquí // Selva Verde Lodge //
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Early morning bird walk
  • Workshop or activity of your choice
    • Visit a local pineapple plantation
  • Work with the local community on a reforestation project
  • PASCO Probeware field workshop
  • Whitewater rafting along the Sarapiquí River
  • Evening lecture: The Fascinating World of Bats by Tirimbina Biological Reserve

Day 4

  • San José // Hotel Balmoral //
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Wrap up session
  • Transfer to Poas Caldera
  • Lunch en route back to San José
  • Check in at hotel
  • Farewell dinner

Day 5

  • San José // Breakfast
  • Departure


Selva Verde Lodge

& The Sarapiquí Conservation
Learning Center

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).



Air Travel Details

  • Suggested arrival airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport, San José, Costa Rica (SJO)
  • Suggested arrival time: No later than 3 p.m.
  • Travel time from last site: 30 minutes
  • Suggested departure airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport, San José, Costa Rica (SJO)
  • Suggested departure time: At leisure
  • For air reservation assistance, please contact Laurie McLaughlin at

Physical requirements

Program participants should be prepared for hiking in high humidity conditions. Durations and activity level of hikes and walks is moderate. Lodging in Costa Rica is not handicap accessible in most cases.

Travel route

For this program, you will fly into San José, and then be transported to Selva Verde Lodge in Chilamate. The program concludes back in San José.



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.

Need help with fundraising?