The tenth grade Costa Rica trip presents students with opportunities not only to discover rich biodiversity, but also to examine the complex issues surrounding protecting those rare species from survival threats such as climate change, human society, and habitat destruction.
Half of the trip is spent collaborating with the Leatherback Trust in Playa Grande to study and rescue endangered sea turtles while learning about the social and political forces at play in the fight for their global survival. Students also have the opportunity to learn about interconnected neighboring ecosystems and the unique eating and reproducing strategies employed by a fascinating range of flora and fauna.
The other half of the trip is spent working with the Monteverde Institute to learn about the effects of climate change on rare cloud forest habitats and the animals that rely on the cloud forest for their survival. Students get their hands dirty collecting data in the field to assist research biologists working to understand and conserve important ecosystems as well as promote sustainable practices in local communities.
Here are some “dispatches from the field,” excerpted from student blog posts sent home to families during this eye-opening trip.
Photography by Libby M. (10)
DISPATCHES FROM COSTA RICA
March 17, 2017