Get up close and personal with rare and endangered species in a range of exotic ecosystems! High school students who attend this 3-week CIEE Global Navigator program in Costa Rica will study six tropical ecosystems and learn how biodiversity conservation and sustainability are related.

Hike through the rainforest to secret waterfalls, camp in national parks, and live on the edge of an amazing cloud forest. Climb to the canopy where the monkeys swing free. Watch sloths, sea turtles, wild cats, and other rare creatures. Your mission is to explore a range of ecosystems – from ocean, river, and wetlands to different types and elevations of tropical forest – while learning firsthand how species interact and how biodiversity impacts us all. Butterflies, hummingbirds, and myriad creatures abound. Observe an array of animals while visiting 12 different habitats – from cloud forests and mountains to mangroves and coral reefs.

Against a backdrop of spectacular beauty, conduct experiments, examine species interactions, collaborate with conservationists, and learn how locals pitch in to preserve biodiversity. As a team you’ll explore solutions to biodiversity loss while making daily discoveries in your “traveling laboratory.” Eager to explore even more? Enroll in both Costa Rica programs consecutively to get a big-picture view of ecological problems and solutions. Take sessions 1 and 2 in any order to learn how protecting biodiversity is central to building a sustainable planet.

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