Sustainability and Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica

On winter break 2015, Dr. Hays Cummins taught Sustainability and Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica onsite in Costa Rica. We had a great Costa Rica frogclass of 29 enthusiastic undergraduate students representing majors from across campus. Highlights included studying in lowland Caribbean and Pacific rainforests, the dry forests of northwest Costa Rica, the cloud forests of the Monteverde region and the amazing lowland rainforests in the Osa Peninsula in Corcovado National Park. Along the way, we explored mangrove ecosystems along the Pacific coast, banana plantations and a newly established World Heritage archeological site. The class also participated in community service projects in the Golfo de Dulce region of the Osa peninsula in SW Costa Rica. One community project focused on developing a field guide for the Costa Rican tour guides in mangrove ecosystems. Another community project focused on a reforestation of deforested regions in the Osa peninsula. A third community project was directed towards the planting of mangrove species in Pacific coastal ecosystems.

We also encountered lots of fantastic wildlife including tapirs, numerous frogs and snakes, awesome birds, and fantastic scenery. The night hikes were amazing!

We had a terrific interdisciplinary experience and we can't wait to return in 2016! We'd love to have you with us!

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