Trinity is delighted to return to Costa Rica for its Middle School Science Expedition with Ecology Project International
. On-course, students will complete at least twenty hours of research doing a variety of hands-on projects involving sea turtles, mangroves, and rainforest wildlife. Students will first travel to the Osa Peninsula to work at the Piro Research Station (PRS). Collaborating with Osa Conservation, students will set and monitor camera traps to document behavior of primates, jaguars and other rainforest wildlife. From PRS, students will then move to Widecast Osa located in Playa Blanca on the Dulce Gulf. Here, the research will focus on Olive Ridley, Eastern Pacific Green, and/or Hawksbill sea turtles with in-water studies and a rescue and rehabilitation center. Through hands-on, marine-based monitoring protocols, students will collect biometric and other key data on these sea turtles. Students will also explore the wildlife of mangrove ecosystems and aid in their restoration.
The program includes over thirty hours of coursework and instruction in subjects like sea turtle biology, rainforest ecology, and research methodology. Additionally, applying what they have learned students will develop and implement a field-based research project.
Trip Leaders: Ms. Donovan and Dr. Rios
Dates: June 16th - June 24th
Cost: $3295 (est)