We can reduce the stress of organizing a trip with your students! With three full-service research stations, a dedicated staff, and decades of experience with our own courses traveling throughout Costa Rica and with obtaining the research permits, we are perfectly suited to help you have a memorable course.
We have assisted hundreds of faculty members throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe by arranging everything from one-week field-trips to full courses.
We can design the perfect itinerary for you that will fit your needs and interests; we will arrange the logistics and obtain the necessary research permits that will allow you focus on the science and provide the necessary hands-on instruction to make your course unique experience.
Our goal is to enable you to share the excitement of biology by giving you the unique opportunity to showcase Costa Rica’s rich ecological and natural diversity.
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s rich biological diversity, political stability (no army since 1948), and exceptional conservation history make it an ideal place to experience the fauna and flora of the tropics with your class. OTS’ programs are recognized for their academic rigor and for their hands-on field-based approach to teaching tropical ecology, conservation biology, and research design. Costa Rica’s diverse natural setting serves as a living classroom for the courses.
Costa Rica’s protected area and national park system- representing one quarter of the country- has served as a world model for conservation. Its dramatic terrain and tropical climate have created an extraordinary diversity of tropical ecosystems ranging from lowland rain forest to high-elevation Páramo. Our world-renowned field stations offer unique opportunities introduce students to the tropics and to conduct high-level research in three diverse ecosystems.
Areas in which we have proven expertise
Suggested Educational Destinations
Program design and itinerary
Reservations throughout the country
Airport pickup in Costa Rica
Transportation throughout the country
Organized meals as needed throughout the country
Naturalist guides at OTS sites and other locations throughout the country
Access to OTS classrooms, laboratories, computers, science libraries, herbarium specimens, etc.
Field Problems for small groups (one day or longer) at OTS sites
Biological faculty and guest lecturers
Fees at national parks and other destinations
Sites we can book for you
La Selva Biological Station: 1,613 hectares of tropical wet forest connected to Braulio Carillo National Park. La Selva is recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for research, education and natural resource management in the tropics.
Las Cruces Biological Station and the Wilson Botanical Garden: the most important collection of plants in Central America. Las Cruces has an associated 160 hectare tract of old growth mid-elevation forest, surrounded by an agricultural landscape, and much of the research at the station focuses on fragmentation and restoration ecology.
Palo Verde Biological Station: it provides access to tropical dry forest and wetlands. Palo Verde Biological Station is the heart of Palo Verde National Park, it is surrounded by semideciduous tropical dry forest, an ecosystem considered by some to be the most endangered of all tropical ecosystems.
Other possible sites in Costa Rica:
Hotels in San Jose
Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Pacific beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula
Cuerici Biological Station
Tortuguero National Park
Cahuita, Gandoca, Manzanillo National Parks
Corcovado National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
La Amistad National Park
What we offer at our stations?
Extensive and well-marked trails
Small group field projects
Housing and dining services
Laboratories, library, class and work rooms
Online geographic information system
Digital flora database
Additional tours in the surrounding area
Benefits of bringing students to Costa Rica
Develop an appreciation for the biodiversity and complex biological interactions found in the ecosystems of Costa Rica.
Develop an understanding of the interaction between the flora and fauna of Costa Rica and the culture, economic needs, and conservation efforts of the people of Costa Rica.
Gain hands-on experience in developing field projects and testing hypotheses in the tropics.
Utilize decades of on-site research as background information to guide the studies of your students.
Access to decades of research to help your students get the background information needed to guide their studies
Spend more time in the field by living in your study area
Conduct individual and group field research projects using resources in the field and the lab
Some institutions we have and continue to assist
Kent State University
University of St. Thomas
Lane Community College
University of South Dakota
Tulsa Community College
Michigan State University
Penn State University Behrend Campus
And many more
Contact us for a Sample Itinerary
For More Information contact:
E-mail: info @ tropicalstudies.org or contact Jonathan Giles: jonathan.giles @ tropicalstudies.org Telephone: (919) 684-5774 Fax: (919) 684-5661
If you already are familiar with our program and want to start planning the course, contact: Group Services: group.services @ tropicalstudies.org Telephone: (506)2524-0607 ext: 1330 Fax: (506) 2524-0608