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Ithaca College - Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management
Alajuela, Costa Rica; La Amistad, Costa Rica; Marino Ballena, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Areas of Study: Physical or Life Sciences, Environmental Studies Program Type: Ithaca College Short-Term
Program Description:

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TRIP: January 3 - 11, 2015
  • Stay in ecotourism lodges in Alajuela, La Amistad, Monteverde, and Marino Ballena

  • Learn model sustainable ecotourism practices that protect natural resources and biodiversity, use organic methods, and support local communities and economies

  • Hike through La Amistad International Park to observe tropical wildlife and regeneration of primary and secondary tropical rainforests

  • Learn about indigeneous people of Costa Rica at Spheres Park, a World Heritage Site

  • Talk with local people about conservation and sustainability practices

  • Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

  • Tour the cloud forest canopy in Selvatura Park, Monteverde

  • Volunteer with the ASANA turtle conservation project.  

All activities co-led by certified Costa Rican guides trained in tropical biology. This course requires students to enroll in RLS 27700 Ecotourism and Natural Resource Management (CRN #23294) during Fall 2014 Block II prior to the trip to Costa Rica (the trip is part of this 3-credit course). The course meets MW 4 – 5:15 in Hill Center G05, starting  on Monday, October 20.

Estimated cost: $1,900 + airfare (based on 10 students enrolled and current airfare—includes lodging, airfare, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, airport tax, travel insurance)
Application deadline: Monday, October 6, 2014 ($35 application fee)
Deposit deadline: Monday, October 20, 2014 ($500 deposit)
Final payment: Friday, November 21, 2014 
Cost based on 10 students - includes lodging, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, travel insurance
For more information, contact:
Dr. Linda Heyne
lheyne@ithaca.edu
274-3050
Smiddy Hall 321B