Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica
Biology, Conservation and Sustainability for High School Students
Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, July 25, 2015
Language of Instruction:
Minimum age of 16 at the time of the program.
A passport is required. US and EU citizens do not require a visa.
Brown University, in partnership with the Monteverde Institute, is excited to offer a unique international environmental leadership program in Costa Rica. This 2-week pre-college program introduces students to the theory and practice of conservation and sustainability in Costa Rica. Students study and explore some of the most biodiverse regions in the world and meet with scientists working to preserve these ecosystems and the human and non-human communities that live there.
Focus of study:
- Methods of tropical field ecology and conservation
- Conservation issues related to fishing and coastal development
- The impacts of tourism and development on local culture
- Sustainable food production and consumption
- Leadership skills for sustainable communities
Students will enroll in BELL: Costa Rica (CRN: 10765)
- Observe wildlife and explore a wide variety of tropical ecosystems
- Conduct field experiments in tropical dry forests
- Snorkel a shallow-water coral reef
- Take part in a service project to reforest degraded pastureland
- Ascending trees to observe and study the cloud forest
- Harvest sugar cane
- Explore and develop your leadership style
- Develop your abilities to work collaboratively to solve environmental problems
- Apply your learning by designing an action plan to tackle environmental issues at home