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Contributed by: Liz Shearer

Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics, Costa Rica

Study in Central America in Summer 2012 with TU Professor Sarah Haines. This program provides a unique opportunity for students to use nationally recognized environmental education materials from Project Learning Tree (a division of the American Forest Foundation) in a tropical setting. Students will use Project Learning Tree materials to apply ecological concepts to environmental education and the use and management of natural resources in Costa Rica. Students will work side-by-side with local community members to complete environmental action projects. Through hands on experience, participants will develop an awareness and appreciation for the local culture and environment. The program is based at the Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve - a haven for nature enthusiasts, hikers, birders and general travelers. Committed to conservation and preservation, Selva Verde carries and supports the Certification for Sustainable Tourism. Program highlights include a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarpiqui River, a tour of InBio Parque nature theme park, birdwatching walks at Selva Verde Lodge, a hike into the Selva Verde Reserve guided by a local wildlife expert, and a visit to the Arenal Volcano. Housing: Participants will stay at lodges and hotels with students sharing rooms with one or more classmates. Accommodations include the Selva Verde Lodge located in the heart of the rainforest.

Learning Course: BIOL 382/582 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics
Project Timeframe: ongoing

Educational Outreach, Environment & Green Initiatives, Science & Technology

General Community, TU Students, Alumni, Other Universities and Colleges

Contact Information
Liz Shearer
Assistant Director


TU Collaborators:

Project Locations:

Selva Verde Lodge
Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

Phone: 877-TU-Link-4U or 410-704-2678
Fax: 410-704-2152
E-mail: TUintheCommunity@towson.edu



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Last Updated: Wednesday March 31, 2010