- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Costa Rica
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: December
- Session Length: One Week, Other
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: STEM
- Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Environmental Science, Wildlife Conservation
- Selective: No
- Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
From the mountainous tropical forest in San Luis de Monteverde to the pastures and forests along the coastal community of Puerto Jimenez, join a research team to investigate how threats to bees and butterflies affect the critical pollination services they provide. Over three-quarters of the world’s crops depend on pollinators. These animals provide essential ecosystem services and play a crucial role in the production of many fruits and vegetables.
Climate change, pesticide use, and habitat loss threaten pollinator communities, impacting agricultural production. A changing climate could cause these species to disappear. During this expedition, you will work with local communities to create agroforests, helping pollinator communities and provide livelihoods for low-income families in the region. Accommodations are comfortable shared bedrooms with chef-prepared meals.