Biological Sciences

Summer Field Programs

Costa Rica

A field course that examines the population and community ecology of terrestrial ecosystems in Costa Rica, Central America. Your experience will include:

  • Rain forest ecology
  • Species identification and community analysis
  • Volcanoes
  • Cloud forests
  • Hands-on terrestrial videography

A Taste of the Program

We regularly encounter all four species of monkey found in Costa Rica, two-toed and three-toed sloths, agouti and occasionally jaguarundi and other wild cats.

Costa Rica is famous for its birds and we visit Monteverde, Ca-a Negra and Manuel Antonio where we see toucans, resplendant quetzal, woodcreepers, many types of hummingbirds, antbirds, pittas and motmots.

Canopy walks and zip-lines through the canopy offer an unforgettable forest experience. We hike the lower portion of Arenal volcano and spend an evening in the hot springs at its base.

Students undertake several short research projects while in Costa Rica, and most evenings we gather to discuss a reading relevant to what we have seen that day.

Accommodation is in mid-grade hotels, and transport is by minibus. Readings are discussed once a week throughout the spring semester to prepare students for the summer field experience.