Costa Rica 10 Day Osa Wildlife Conservation Expedition

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Smithsonian Student Adventures offers a 10-day Osa Wildlife Conservation Expedition in Costa Rica for high school students. The expedition begins in San Jose, where students will attend an orientation meeting before driving south to Playa Tortuga Field Station. At the station, students will meet the researchers with whom they will be spending the next few days. While at the reserve, students will hike through the surrounding forest and learn about the local ecosystems in the Osa. After an orientation for the research, students will conduct surveys of mammals, such as monkeys, river otters, and sloths, and attend a lecture on local and national wildlife conservation efforts.

The next day, students will walk along the beach in the morning and conduct a clean-up of marine debris to ensure a clean nesting area for sea turtles. In the afternoon, students will have some free time and a structured reflection by a waterfall in the jungle to discuss experiences. In the evening, students will work with the reserve's crocodile monitoring project.

The rest of the expedition will be spent visiting a local community, where the reserve conducts environmental education campaigns, organizing a nature walk with local students, building structures from reclaimed plastic, visiting the beautiful Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, learning how to surf, and hiking trails.

Program Highlights

Encounter sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, and Costa Rican wildlife up close.

Lend a hand on important conservation efforts, including environmental education in local communities.

Learn to surf and experience the natural beauty of Ballena National Marine Park.

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Program Details

  • Open to All Ages
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  • Costa Rica: San Jose

  • Focus Areas

    Community Service & Volunteering

    Experiential Learning

    Outdoor Education

  • Program Duration

    1-2 Weeks

    Year(s) Offered

    Year Round

  • Open to All Ages

  • American

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  • Experience Required


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