High School Adventures

Costa Rica Costa Rica Sea Turtle + Marine Conservation

Get your hands dirty on a wildlife adventure through the amazingly biodiverse rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica. Work with your friends to uncover camera traps, track turtles and build conservation skills.

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Tropical days investigating and defending the wildlife of Costa Rica

  • Explore the Costa Rican environment through the eyes of field biologists and conservationists.
  • Observe wildlife in remote national parks while learning how to use research equipment.
  • Snorkel the Caribbean coastline of Costa Rica.
  • Contribute to data collection and conservation efforts in the eco-tourism capital of the world.
  • Apply your knowledge of sea turtle behavior and anatomy to a sea turtle conservation project.
  • Experience Costa Rican thrills like white water rafting through the jungle.
PROGRAM DATESCOSTAVAILABILITY
June 19 - July 10, 2022$7,180AvailableEnroll Now
July 14 - August 4, 2022$7,180AvailableEnroll Now
“This trip was life changing! I learned a great deal of information, met amazing people, and had a once in a lifetime adventure. Broadreach is a wonderful program that allows young teens like myself to get a glimpse of the real world and all of the wonderful things that are open to us. Thank you Broadreach for putting together a safe, informative and unforgettable trip that I will be talking about for the rest of my life!” Faith, high school alumna

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Credits Available

10

Service Hours

Three natural science credits available through Lesley University. 

Course description: This course focuses on the fundamentals of sea turtle biology including evolution, anatomy, species identification, life history, reproduction and nesting behavior. Coursework will consist of both academic discussions and field work designed to introduce you to methods and equipment used by scientists in the field.

Course objectives: 

  • Build in-depth knowledge of Costa Rican sea turtle populations.
  • Develop detailed understanding of current conservation issues and the role of cultural and social issues in conservation strategies.
  • Discover conservation theories used to recover depleted sea turtle populations.
  • Learn common research and data collection methodologies including sea turtle monitoring techniques.
  • Understand habitat recovery and the importance of monitoring reforestation progress.
  • Gain insight into biodiversity and conservation on Costa Rican coasts.

10 hours of service learning through projects with conservation organizations to improve reforestation efforts and collect data for ongoing research efforts.

Requirements:

  • Available to students completing grades 9-12. No additional experience necessary.

Itinerary

Day 1-3

Prepare for the journey ahead

After arriving in San José and spending the first day in Alajuela, you’re off to Las Tumbas to begin your journey as a field biologist. Go explore the local flora and fauna on a nature hike with the tropical sounds of the local wildlife as our soundtrack. Jump right into the adventure with a thrilling rappel down Diamante Waterfall, which is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping, and an overnight stay in Casa de Piedras, a breathtaking experience few will ever have. Go for a swim in the refreshing pools below, and get ready to begin your conservation work in the days ahead.


Day 4-7

Conservation and reforestation

Prepare to be serenaded by the unique sounds of birds in the trees as you travel through the jungle and past remote villages as we head to the Osa Peninsula. You are in one of the most biodiverse places on earth, so over the next several days you’ll focus on ecology and conservation. Explore river and mangrove systems to learn about the interaction between freshwater and saltwater. Help track predators and prey with a camera trap system. Learn about habitat use, distribution of wildlife and how human interaction affects different ecosystems.


Day 8-11

Osa peninsula, a sea turtle paradise

The peninsula is also a world-famous location to track sea turtles. Practice population monitoring and learn about the threats to Costa Rica’s sea turtle populations. Participate in a unique water-based turtle monitoring program to learn more about the local sea turtle population and their feeding grounds. Collect biometric data, do service work in the mangrove forest, and help in the turtle hatchery.


Day 12-18

Coastal conservation

Travel from coast to coast with some adventures along the way! Zipline through the rainforest canopy before reaching the coral reefs of Cahuita National Park. Snorkel above the reefs, learn about local conservation efforts and contribute to our partners’ ongoing efforts. Move into a rural research station where we spend early mornings and late nights scouting out sea turtle tracks and marking new nests. Help promote sustainable coastal development in the area so sea turtles can continue to call these beaches home. Study sea turtle ecology including life history, species identification, and anatomy before heading out for well-deserved afternoon activities!


Day 19-22

Jungle adventures

Celebrate your new knowledge, skills and friendships with one last jungle activity. Whitewater rafting class III rapids is an exciting way to close out your adventure.