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Adventures Online: Exploring Costa Rica From Coast to Coast

Discover the meaning of “pura vida” — or the pure life — from the comfort of your own home during this live, online learning adventure that shares the natural treasures of Costa Rica.
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Program No. 24234RJ
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5 days
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Online Program

Adventures Online: Exploring Costa Rica From Coast to Coast

Discover the meaning of “pura vida” — or the pure life — from the comfort of your own home during this live, online learning adventure that shares the natural treasures of Costa Rica.
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Program No. 24234 RJ
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

At a Glance

Known for its reputation as a peaceful and happy nation, Costa Rica is equally famous for its natural treasures that the country has fought hard to protect. From cloud forests to coffee plantations, explore Costa Rica from coast to coast with experts during this live, online learning adventure! Enjoy virtual walking field trips in San Jose, Monteverde and through a private rainforest preserve to gain a sense of Costa Rica’s cultural and natural heritage. Take an online field trip to a coffee plantation in the Central Valley to discover the importance of this crop to the country and get insight into the proper way to taste coffee and identify its quality. Delight in an online field trip to Tortuguero National Park to marvel in its vast biodiversity, and learn about its importance in the lives of endangered sea turtles. Virtually explore the community and farms of Sarapiqui and enjoy a cooking demonstration, and hear about the efforts to protect the Tropical Dry Forest in the Gulf of Nicoya at Ensenada Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, enjoy lectures on biodiversity, climate and more as you bond with fellow Road Scholars who share your enthusiasm for the fascinating country of Costa Rica.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore San Jose’s vibrant Mercado Central, a cultural and commercial hub founded in the 1880s, during a virtual walking field trip.
  • Delight in the sights and sounds of the rainforest as you enjoy a virtual walking field trip through a private preserve, and learn about conservation of green sea turtles in Tortuguero National Park.
  • Enjoy a virtual walking fieldtrip in Monteverde to learn about the unique characteristics of a cloud forest and how it impacts local agriculture.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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Willy Pineda
A native of Costa Rica, Willy Pineda studied biology at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and worked as an assistant in the Museum of Zoology. It was while working at the museum that Willy discovered his passion for mammalian studies. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he remained at UCR to complete a master’s degree in zoology. His graduate studies focused on the relationship of the wing morphology (size and shape) of Neotropical bats with their diet, feeding guilds, and foraging behavior. Since then, Willy has published several scientific papers, participated in research projects, consultant work and various teaching positions. Currently, he lives with his family in the verdant Caribbean Lowlands of Costa Rica, at Sarapiqui, and is working on completing his Ph.D. dissertation “Spatio-temporal diversity and distribution of bat assemblages in an altitudinal gradient in Costa Rica.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Bryna Belisle has been translating science for 15 years. Originally from Quebec, Canada, her passion for nature and our incredible planet has led her to Costa Rica, where she is the owner and Education Director of the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens.
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Willy Pineda View biography
A native of Costa Rica, Willy Pineda studied biology at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and worked as an assistant in the Museum of Zoology. It was while working at the museum that Willy discovered his passion for mammalian studies. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he remained at UCR to complete a master’s degree in zoology. His graduate studies focused on the relationship of the wing morphology (size and shape) of Neotropical bats with their diet, feeding guilds, and foraging behavior. Since then, Willy has published several scientific papers, participated in research projects, consultant work and various teaching positions. Currently, he lives with his family in the verdant Caribbean Lowlands of Costa Rica, at Sarapiqui, and is working on completing his Ph.D. dissertation “Spatio-temporal diversity and distribution of bat assemblages in an altitudinal gradient in Costa Rica.”
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Edwin Ramirez is a superior naturalist group leader with more than 28 years of experience in the field. As the son of a farmer, he spent his formative years working with the soil, cultivating coffee, tomatoes, cabbages and other crops while pursuing his education. After graduating from high school in 1982, he enrolled in the Universidad de Costa Rica in Heredia where he began working towards a degree in tropical biology. Edwin eventually transferred to the San Ramon branch of the Universidad de Costa Rica and decided to change his major to become an English teacher. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1990 and began teaching high school English. During his time teaching, he realized how much he missed the outdoors and decided to look for professional opportunities that would allow him to combine both his love for nature and teaching. In 1991, Edwin began working as a naturalist guide and has since become a much sought-after group leader, specializing in natural history and birding programs. He is co-founder of the Elvira Foundation, an NGO involved in conservation of La Paz River sub-watershed and its surrounding cloud forest, and co-owner of the Canto del Rio Eco-Retreat and Private Nature Preserve in La Paz de San Ramon, Alajuela.
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Ivan Castillo View biography
Ivan Castillo — a Costa Rican naturalist and avid birder — trained as a naturalist at the Organization for Tropical Studies La Selva Biological Research Station. He has a degree in sustainable tourism management from Costa Rica’s state university system. While growing up in the lowland rainforests of Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, Ivan's passion for nature developed early. Neotropical fauna and flora are what he loves and knows best. He has spent more than a decade leading ecotourism travelers and educating them on the region’s ecosystems.
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Marvin Rockwell was born in Fairhope, Alabama. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). In 1948, Marvin and other from the Fairhope Society of Friends members were jailed for refusing to register for the draft. After being released on parole, Marvin and eleven families moved to Costa Rica's Puntarenas Province. They became dairy farmers and established the Monteverde Cheese Factory. Marvin also worked as a naturalist guide for educational groups and is a popular lecturer on the historical development of Monteverde.
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Rafael Robles View biography
Rafael “Rafa” Robles is a Costa Rican biologist, expedition leader, educator, botanical expert, and business owner. During the late 1980s, he conducted botanical research in Tortuguero National Park for the government. He later worked as a naturalist guide and expedition leader for educational groups. Rafa has authored publications including the “Manual of the Flora of Costa Rica” and “A Field Guide to the Common Plants of the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.” His work was acknowledged with the naming of the Robles-Kaufman Biological Research Station.
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William Suarez View biography
While working for the logging industry in Honduras and seeing its negative impact on the environment, William Suarez became interested in conservation. He returned to his native Costa Rica and received training to serve as a leader for groups interested in learning about the country’s flora and fauna. Today, he specializes in the natural history and birds of Costa Rica. William is also a writer who has had three books published, as well as an outdoorsman who enjoys mountain biking, hiking and fishing.
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Sarah Stuckey View biography
Sarah Stuckey is an active member of Costa Rica's Monteverde Quaker community. She has devoted herself to creating sustainable tourism projects with long-term benefits to the community and the environment. Sarah has participated in land tenure programs and supported local schools through the creation of sister school programs. As a member of the Monteverde Cheese Factory board of directors, she has contributed to the development of the local dairy industry and environmentally responsible practices from reducing gas emissions to the use of biodegradable packaging.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond
by Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction), Michael Fogden (Photographer)
Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity; A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
Costa Rica, The Complete Guide
by James Kaiser
From pristine beaches and jungle waterfalls to high-altitude coffee plantations, award-winning author and photographer Kaiser shows readers the best of Costa Rica, including the country's stunning collection of national parks.
Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature
by Adrian Hepworth
Dividing the book by ecosystem and geographic area, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Hepworth's color photographs showcase the diversity of Costa Rica's wildlife and habitats.
Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Barbara Ras
These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
Culture Smart! Costa Rica
by Jane Koutnik
History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Costa Rican customs, etiquette and culture.
Wild Costa Rica
by Adrian Hepworth
This beautiful, informative survey of the habitats, wildlife and protected areas of Costa Rica features 200 color photographs and chapters on natural history and conservation.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
Aroma of the World: A Journey into the Mysteries and Delights of Coffee
by Santo Versace (Foreword), Elisabetta Illy
A beautiful book for the coffee lover, this heavily illustrated compendium is equal parts history and travel journal, detailing the passage of the coffee bean from origination to current status as an icon of modern living.
Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change
by Richard Fisher
A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.
Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics
by Steven Palmer (Editor), Ivan Molina (Editor)
A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Costa Rica
The Ticos
by Richard Biesanz
This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people details their culture, history and society.
The Birds of Costa Rica
by Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean (Illustrator)
This new edition covers 903 species of birds with hundreds of new, supplemental or revised color illustrations by Robert Dean and revised color-coded range maps.





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