Overview

Work with scientists as you monitor a wide array of monkey species, parrots, toucans, and other tropical birds, and reptiles. While you explore the wealth of biodiversity, help conserve a critical tropical habitat.

The forests of Coto Brus, Costa Rica are full of wildlife with more than 100 mammal species, 400 species of birds, and 2,000 plant species. But the habitat is undergoing fragmentation and destruction, which has caused 80 percent of the original rich tropical forest to disappear, putting these species at risk.

In recent years, scientists working in the area have noticed a practice of local landowners. Many have begun planting fruiting trees on their properties. Scientists believe these trees might hold the key to improving the resilience of these forest ecosystems as well as restoring the expanse of Costa Rica’s tropical forests.

Teen teams will bunk at the Wilson House nestled in the station’s botanical gardens. The station includes electricity and wireless internet access in all rooms. Rooms will be shared by 2 or 3 volunteers. Wilson House features a large, sunny common room and shared bathrooms.

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