Earn College Credit:
Students taking this course are eligible for 3 college credits at St. Francis University for the course Biology 103: Environmental Studies. Students can also accumulate 1 college credit at Seton Hill University for the advanced course SBL405: Special Topics in Biology: Tropical Ecology. Not attending these universities? Ask us about how you can apply for transfer credit at your college. Find out the tropical ecology dates here.
Who Should Attend:
Only 24 spots are available on this college credit earning course. U.S. high school students currently enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade at the time of application are eligible. This field study is an excellent opportunity for students considering careers in biological or environmental sciences. Students with a love of the outdoors and a strong interest in science are encouraged to enroll in the tropical ecology field study. Find out the course dates here.
Work side-by-side with scientists and fellow students on a research project that you design in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
Observe the abundant Costa Rican wildlife in the unique cloud forest, tropical rainforest, and volcano ecosystems.
Study alongside current researchers at La Selva Biological Station, a world-famous research station in the heart of the rainforest.
Build your field investigation skills as you design, conduct, and evaluate group and individual experiments.
Spend a day in the famous Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve as you investigate the impact of ecotourism on our planet.
Zip from tree-to-tree on a canopy tour of the rainforest.
Taste and learn your way through the ancient currency of chocolate and its impact on history during a chocolate tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.
Learn about geochemistry from a professional volcanologist as you hike Poás Volcano National Park.