Today’s session will start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and end at 4:05 p.m. Road Scholars are invited to join at 12:45 p.m. for an opportunity to chat informally with the Group Leader and fellow participants.
12:45 p.m. Social time. 1:00 p.m. Review of the day with our Group Leader. 1:05 p.m. Lecture. As we examine conservation and climate change in Monteverde, we’ll learn about the history of land use, from the first colonizers and gold fever through the arrival of the Quakers and the later development of the area in tourism. We will consider community efforts to curb the effects of climate change by farming more sustainably, as well as organically, while recognizing the importance of food production to the local and national economy. Followed by Q&A. 2:05 p.m. Break. 2:15 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will visit the privately owned Ensenada Wildlife Refuge located in Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya region. During a visit with the owners, we’ll learn about their work protecting the native tropical dry forest, lagoons, and estuarine habitats while simultaneously running an 800-acre farm. As a result of its reforestation program, more than 30% of the farm is now covered by forests, helping to maintain one of the last remaining primary and secondary forests of the northern Puntarenas province. A walk and boat ride in the reserve will introduce some of the wildlife and flora of the area. Followed by Q&A. 3:00 p.m. Break. 3:10 p.m. Trivia! Who among us isn’t a geography or wildlife trivia buff? In a fun, entertaining, quiz-show webinar, we will use the popular “Kahoot” app, with two panelists participating. (No experience necessary to play.) The game will follow the format of the popular, award-winning NPR quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” We will each test our travel knowledge of nature, history, and culture against our panel and have a laugh while figuring out what’s real and what they’ve made up. 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up and farewells. 4:05 p.m. This concludes our program.