• Dates: April 13-22, 2019
  • Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  • Courses: BI361/BI362 Tropical Ecology Lecture & Lab
    *Also open to students not enrolled in this course
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2018


Visit three different eco‑zones: High Altitude Cloud Forests (Monteverde), volcanic pre‑montane forests(Arenal) and lowland rain forests (La Selva) of Costa Rica. Participate in research comparing and contrasting ecological processes within those ecosystems (and yes, even those not enrolled in the ecology class will be asked to help out with some of the research projects a couple of hours a day!). Observe a variety of wildlife in each ecosystem, including howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, poison dart frogs and maybe even the elusive Resplendent Quetzal. Hike through lush primary tropical rainforest in the Selva Verde 500-acre reserve. Get up close and personal with a live volcano (Arenal) and bathe in the nearby hot springs. Fly through the trees on a zip lining excursion and embark on a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure. Take a tour of the Jungle and see some of the largest trees in Costa Rica. Experience the food and culture of Costa Rica and learn about some of the social, economic and ecological challenges facing this beautiful and peaceful nation.


  • Monteverde ~ cloud forest
  • Arenal ~ volcano & hot springs
  • Sarapiqui (La Selva)  ~ rain forest
  • Hiking
  • Zip lining
  • Whitewater rafting


This program is ideal for students enrolling in the spring semester Tropical Ecology courses BI361 and BI362 (4 credits total).  Pre-requisite for this course is BI120 or BI112 or permission of the instructor. Students not enrolled in Tropical Ecology or biology courses are encouraged to apply as well and will receive experiential learning credit for the program abroad.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Louise Wootton – Dr. Louise Wootton is the chair of Biology and Director of Sustainability at Georgian Court University.  Her expertise is in coastal ecology, with a focus on coastal dune communities.  She has traveled to Costa Rica several times as both a student and a faculty leader.

Course Instructor TBA

Program Costs


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