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Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Costa Rica

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 13, 2015 - July 24, 20152M,T,W,TH,F,SA 8:30A-9POpenBrenda Zhang, Sybil Gotsch, Randol Villalobos Vega, Marian Thorpe10765

Course Description

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

    Learning activities:
  • Observe wildlife and explore a wide variety of tropical ecosystems
  • Conduct field experiments in tropical dry forests
  • Snorkel a shallow-water coral reef
  • Explore 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

    This course is designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues facing their local communities and the planet as a whole.

    The Brown Environmental Leadership Laboratory (BELL) is designed for highly motivated and intellectually curious students who are eager to engage with today’s environmental issues. We look for young people who are excited to learn and want to make a positive difference in the world.

    All coursework is conducted in English. Spanish language skills are not required, though students have many informal opportunities to practice and improve their Spanish speaking and listening skills.

    A passport is required to attend this program. Students from the U.S. and EU do not require a visa.