school of environmental studies

Costa Rica Field Study – Winter

Quick Summary:

Students will have the opportunity to be immersed in the neotropical rainforest of Costa Rica, one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Students will learn about the ways in which Costa Rica has become one of the most “green” and “happiest” countries in the world through interactions with many Costa Ricans, including a trained naturalist guide. This field study occurs in Trimester 2.


Field Study Description:

This field study is a ten-day exploration of the various environments of Costa Rica. It takes place during Trimester 2 Intensive Theme, around the end of February. Although Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination (especially for Minnesotans escaping winter!), we will go beyond the typical tourist destinations to explore the real Costa Rica, on roads less traveled. Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, and our exploration will take us into the cloud forest, the humid tropical rainforest, and the coastal rainforest, where students will see an amazing variety of plants and animals. Students will have the opportunity to interact with many local people to see how they live and work. While this field study provides great opportunities for SES students studying Spanish, it is not necessary to know Spanish because most locals are bilingual.

Note:  This study is different from the SES-Costa Rica Leadership Exchange, which occurs in the summer.  That study focuses on culture and leadership, whereas this one focuses on rainforest ecology and adventure learning.


Learning Objectives:


Students who wish to participate in this field study should:


Link to Map of Field Study Location


For more information please contact:

Jane Tunseth