Tropical Ecology Program in Costa Rica

Professor Chris Picone takes you on an unforgettable adventure in Costa Rica.
Students in the forest in Costa Rica July 2022

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Students must be vaccinated by university policy, provider policy and international travel entrance requirements.

Payments are non-refundable.

BIOL 2006: Tropical Ecology

CRN 63588

3 credits

This course will survey the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems in Costa Rica, including rainforest, cloud forest, dry forest, and agricultural systems. Recurring themes will be similarities and connections between native ecosystems and agricultural systems. Course will satisfy the following LA&S requirements: SMT, GDNC

July 22, 2022 - August 1, 2022

Estimated Price: $3,120*

First payment due: March 25, 2022  $1,040
Second payment due: April 25, 2022  $1,040
Third payment due: May 25, 2022 $1,040

**If you received the Global Ambassador Scholarship, it will be divided evenly amongst the payments. Contact nsalerno@fitchburgstate.edu for more information.

*Price does not include the cost of a 3 credit summer undergraduate course due upon time of registration in April/May.

3 credit summer course SGOCE fee: $963.00

Sample Itinerary (subject to change)

July 22, 2022 Depart from Boston Logan Airport to San Jose, Juan Santa Maria Airport.
July 23, 2022 Travel to Pocosol field station (rainforest) and orientation.
July 24-25, 2022 Natural history hikes, service learning, and a night hike.
July 26, 2022 Travel to Monteverde. Orientation to Finca La Bella, a sustainable, community-based farm where we will stay
July 27, 2022 Morning hike in the cloud forest and hummingbird gallery visit. Afternoon presentation on land use changes in the area. Evening: Mist-netting bats (tentative)
July 28, 2022 Morning service learning with reforestation. Afternoon coffee tour.
July 29, 2022 Morning tour of family farm, and help with farm project at Finca La Bella. Afternoon discussion with farmers.
July 30, 2022 Travel and orientation to waterfall and dry forest in Guanacaste and hike.
July 31, 2022 Dry forest hike (morning). Afternoon beach visit to Playa Hermosa.
August 1, 2022 Return to Boston
Frog on students finger in Costa Rica

Tree Frogs

Just some of the wonderful creatures you'll see 

Students in Costa Rica

Exploring the rainforest

One of the many adventures

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