Sustainable Agriculture in Costa Rica, an optional travel course offered for Sustainability students at Sierra Nevada College
Learn about sustainable agricultural practices and their role in community development.
Explore the ecology of lowland rainforests.

Costa Rica Agroecology and Tropical Ecology

Costa Rica is one of the world’s leading nations for ecological sustainability.

Its electricity is largely carbon neutral, thanks to hydropower, geothermal power, and investment in wind and solar. The nation has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2021. It has reversed decades of rampant deforestation to double the area covered by forests since its low in the early 80’s. It has pioneered using payments for environmental services (PES) to both improve the environment and reduce rural poverty.

Today Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity.

Fall 2017 Course Info:

BIOL420 + SUST380: Courses are taken concurrently for 6 credits total.
Classroom Dates: 8-31, 10-26, and 11-30, 4pm – 6:45pm
Trip Dates: December 28th 2017 – January 12th 2018
Course Fee: $1850 | includes room, board, and in-country transportation and activities. International airfare not included.


Week 1Agua Buena, Costa Rica: Learn about and implement sustainable agricultural practices and understand their role in community development. Stay with a small-scale coffee farming household.

Week 2La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica: Learn the natural history of lowland rainforests and conduct ecological field experiments.

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Chuck Levitan or 775-831-1314 x7455