Aguas Bravas Rafting Adventure and La Selva Biological Station

We started our day off leaving Arenal and La Fortuna and headed towards La Selva. On our way we stopped at Aguas Bravas for some river rafting. We split into four groups of five each lead by a guide and made the 9 mile ride down stream. Our guides taught us different paddle strokes and… Read more »

Arenal Volcano Hike

After we arrived in Arenal we got ready for our afternoon hike in the Arenal National Volcano park () . We boarded a bus and headed towards the National Park, once there our tou guides graciously gave us water and we headed onto the trail! Along the trail we learned about the history of the… Read more »

On our way to Arenal!

Today we said goodbye to Monteverde and traveled to Arenal! We left bright and earl at 8 am by bus and made our way through rolling green hills and valleys . Wind turbines, cows, horses and rivers dotting the landscape. Once we arrived at the boat launch we had to wait for a few minutes… Read more »

Night Hike in the BEN!

At 5:30 pm Students gathered at the lookout inside the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest for a night hike guided by a BEN Guide. Students split into two groups, led by Armando, Graven, and proceeded down separate paths, one to monke trail and the other bat trail. Along the way both guides pointed out spiders, insects… Read more »

Trail maintenance in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest and Monteverde Cloud Forest

We started today with volunteer work in the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest or BEN (BOSQUE ETERNO DE LOS NIÑOS). We ventured out at 9 am to orientation where we learned about conservation in Costa Rica , and the issues that locations like the BOSQUE face. The Children’s Eternal Rain forest is the corner stone of… Read more »

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Final day of field work and free time in Tamarindo!

Today was out last full day of field work and our last day in playa Grande. The groups split up into 2 teams , one going to mist net for birds, and the second headed for the beach near the estuary to finish up microplastics. Dr.Alvarado and Dr. Rodriguez along with Oscar led a group… Read more »

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Introduction to Field Work

Today Students from CSUCI and La Una came together to perform field work in one of five different groups. The groups focused on conducting field work and data collection pertaining to mangroves, Microplastics, Crocs and tourism, vegetative curtain and turtles, and birds. Each group had specific tasks to complete that would provide important data for… Read more »

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Welcome to Costa Rica!

This website/blog is dedicated to showcase the adventures of Dr. Don Rodriguez and Dr. Allison Alvarado’s 2018 Costa Rica Class. The group left campus around 5:30 am on Thursday, March 15 for their very long travel day. The group flew off around 10am for their layover in Houston, Texas. Their travel day was finally put… Read more »

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What was the impact of this course?

So it’s been a couple weeks since we’ve been back home and I, for one, am missing Costa Rica already. Costa Rica was such an enriching experience and the class learned so many great things over the course of a couple weeks. To gain some last minute thoughts from students, I asked them to answer… Read more »

  • Santa Cruz, Costa Rica

    Monday (night) During our stay in La Playa Grande, we were introduced to a local festival in a nearby town called Santa Cruz. To immerse ourselves more into the culture, we all jumped onto buses and headed for the festivities, excited to see what local Costa Rican towns looked like. We arrived in a park… Read more »

  • First Day of Travel

      Sunday It was an early morning, departing from the CSUCI campus at 4am. Leaving the airport at 8:30am, our class of 21 students flew across the Americas, landing in the Liberia International Airport of Costa Rica.         We then took a two hour bus ride, which gave us front row seats to… Read more »

  • Ready for Take Off!

    Dr. O’Hirok and her team of student will attempt to map some of the beaches while in Costa Rica. This will set base line data which could later lead to understand how sediment movement could impact beach width and sea turtle abundance. Patrick Costa has been prepping the drone (pictured below) which will help aid… Read more »

  • Welcome to our Costa Rica Blog!

    This website/blog is to showcase the awesome adventures of Dr. Rodriguez’s 2017 Costa Rica Class. We are leaving Sunday morning at 4am. COURSE DESCRIPTION Students comprise an interdisciplinary learning community that conducts field research and service learning in Las Baulas National Park, Arenal National Park, and Monteverde Tropical Reserve during spring break. Through participation in… Read more »