Tropical Ecology Tentative Itinerary 

March 29 - April 6, 2025

Travel to Costa Rica for Spring Break

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Scholarships are Available!

Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and academic merit. Awardees will be expected to share about their experiences upon their return.

Scholarship application deadline for Spring 2025 trip will be November 1, 2025.

Students in the SFO airport preparing for a flight to Costa Rica.

Day 1: Saturday Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Early morning departure from San Jose, CA Airport
  • Airport pickup from San Jose, Costa Rica; orientation and dinner en-route.
  • Check-in at Wyndham Herradura Hotel near airport

Day 2: Sunday Activities

  • Travel to Monteverde
  • Orientation and check-in at La Casona de Monteverde Lodge
  • Natural History walk through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve
  • Review of research projects and methods

Day 3: Monday Activities

  • Sky Walk Suspension Bridges
  • Biodiversity study at Sky Walk
  • Insect identification workshop at Monteverde
  • Data and analysis. Create Time/Species curves
  • Night walk through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve with focus on insects

Skywalk in Costa Rica.

Day 4: Tuesday Activities

  • Observational study
  • Biodiversity Conservation through Agroforestry in Biological Corridors-a diversified coffee farm and reforestation project
  • Lunch with local family in San Luis
  • Monteverde Butterfly garden
  • Camera Traps in field research
  • Continue with data analysis


Day 5: Wednesday Activities

  • Travel to Cabo Blanco via Gulf of Nicoya with a scavenger hunt. Board ferry in Puntarenas
  • Tree walk into the reserve 
  • Check in to San Miguel Biological Station
  • Review of research projects methods

Snorkeling student gives a peace sign underwater to camera.

Day 6: Thursday Activities

  • Early morning birdwatching
  • Snorkeling and tidepooling
  • Coastal vs inland forest composition research
  • Data analysis and preparation for symposium

Day 7: Friday Activities

  • Observational study
  • Snorkeling
  • Data analysis and preparation for research symposium
  • Research symposium

Beach at sunrise in Costa Rica.

Day 8: Saturday Activities

  • Depart San Miguel Biological Station
  • Visit Tempisque River Mangroves
  • Visit Santa Rosa National Park

Day 9: Sunday Activities

  • Afternoon departure back to US from Liberia airport (LIR), Costa Rica
  • Late night arrival at San Jose, CA airport

Total program fee for travel to Costa Rica over Spring break including airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, entrance fees, and all activities are still being determined and estimated to be approximately $2800.  Students must have a current and valid passport.