Explore Costa Rica

Explore Costa Rica — About

About Explore Costa Rica

Program Overview

This program is an adventure seeker’s dream in a tropical paradise! Explore natural history and conservation efforts focusing on the National Park System and Tourism. Costa Rica is a Mecca for Eco-tourism. Learn why this type is travel is vital to the environment and resource sustainability. Enjoy a thrilling 2-day rafting trip on a world-class whitewater river through a tropical forest. Get a monkey’s view as you traverse by zip-line across the rain-forest canopy. Travel by boat through a mangrove estuary and snorkel at Cano Island National Park. Observe whales, dolphins, manta rays, and beautiful tropical fish in this coral reef system. Enjoy a tour of Poas Volcano National Park and learn about the #1 crop export at the Doka Coffee Plantation!

Program Dates

January 8–17, 2019

Course Description

Students will enroll in REC 4191: Adventure Recreation, Tourism and Eco-tourism for 3 credits. It is part of the Outdoor Recreation and Education Immersion Semester minor and is open to all students.

This course meets the “Environment” Liberal Education theme.

Program Leader

Alex McKinney

Connie Magnuson


Whitewater rafting, zip-lines in the canopy, jungle hikes, boat trips, snorkeling, a volcano hike and beach time!

Housing and Meals

Students will be staying at premiere eco-lodges, and one night will be in primitive cabins or tents on the overnight jungle hike. Meals are provided and included in the Program Fee.

Estimated Cost

The program fee is $2,895 and includes tuition, housing, meals, fees, and international health insurance. International airfare is not included. Additional program fee information can be found in the Cost of Participation. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee for this program. A $500 non-refundable deposit is charged when students confirm their place on the program. 

More Information

Contact Alex McKinney for further information about the program.