Post: Rainforest Camp/Teachers' Professional Development
Posted by Nancy Aitken on 3/24/05
Teachers' Professional Development Programs
Proyecto Campanario Campanario, begun in 1990, is a
conservation initiative in the Osa Peninsula dedicated to
protecting what remains of the lowland tropical rain
forests of the region. Campanario is actively involved in
sustainable development efforts in the region and offers
environmental education workshops, courses, and vacations
to national and international students of all ages.
Campanario will be overseeing the natural history and
research component of the course. Please view the
Campanario web site at: www.campanario.org
PROJECT CAMPANARIO focuses on conservation and community
activities conducive to and promoting sustainable living
and development. The founders of PROJECT CAMPANARIO know
that the Osa Península's natural endowment is unique and
worth conserving for present and future generations.
Proyecto Campanario's second mission is to promote
environmental education to all who spend time at
Campanario, both local and international visitors.
Campanario offers 4 basic programs to accommodate different
age levels, interests, and different lengths of stay.
Please select the program best suited for you:
Ecological Tourism Expeditions for the adult or family
group. Rainforest Conservation Camps for families and/or
middle and high school students. Tropical Ecology Student
Courses for university, high school, and middle school
students. Tropical Ecology Teachers' Programs.
RAINFOREST CONSERVATION CAMP The Ultimate Field Trip for
New schedule for 2005: 19/June - 24/June 26/June - 1/July
7/August - 12/August 14/August - 19/August
Contact Us As Soon As Possible.
What Rainforest Conservation Camp is all about. . .
You will have a week of adventure exploring the tropical
forests: highland páramo, mangrove, and lowland primary,
secondary, and successional rainforests. You’ll also be
visiting nearby protected areas, recording observations,
exploring tide pools, participating in lectures and
discussions, performing your own investigation, and
learning about the pressures affecting this area. There
will be time for swimming, snorkeling, and just relaxing.
You can expect to be challenged in your treks through the
rainforest, to get wet, dirty, and tired, to experience a
corner of the world few people know, and to have a great
Where You’ll Stay. . .
The Campanario field station is rustic, but comfortable,
with all the basic necessities: large kitchen & dining
hall, screened-in bunkrooms, tiled bathrooms, clothes
washing sinks, library, study / lab tables, and a large
front porch looking out to the beach. Solar panels provide
a bit of lighting in the evenings. Trails start at the
front door and the secluded beach is just a stone’s throw
How You’ll Get There. . .
Getting to Campanario is an adventure in itself. You’ll
travel by chartered bus south from San José, visiting
various life zones, winding through banana and oil palm
plantations to the river village of Sierpe. There you board
a boat to travel down the Sierpe River, spending some time
in the dense mangrove forest before heading out to the
ocean at high tide and down the coast to Campanario. Once
in the Campanario cove, everyone hops out into the warm
water to carry the cargo to the field station
HABITATS AND CULTURE OF COSTA RICA 2-week session and
New schedule for 2005: 14 Day / 13 Night Course: 3/July -
16/July 24/July - 6/August
21 Day / 20 Night Course: 26/June - 16/July
Contact Us As Soon As Possible.
Habitats and Culture of Costa Rica offers an environmental
overview of present day Costa Rica that emphasizes the
natural history of its diverse landscapes as well as the
language and customs of the people. You as a student,
journey across Costa Rica’s extraordinary geography: from
coral lagoon to once-glaciated peaks of volcanic rock,
experiencing cloud forests, lowland rainforests, and
mangrove swamps. Along the way, you will learn about
typical menus, rural schools, and the practices of tropical
agriculture. You will receive instruction in the rudiments
of conversational Spanish, participate in a service
project, and investigate the flora and fauna of different
eco-systems. Your goal is to gain an understanding of Costa
Rica’s environment within a cultural context.
Several days of residence at the remote Campanario field
station on the Osa Peninsula anchor the course and provide
a setting for learning to conduct simple field
Course Formats: Two course formats are offered: a two week
course and a 3 week course. Credit is offered at two levels
(see below): (1) Professional Development and (2) Degree
Applicable. Academic credit is given through Lewis and
Clark College in Oregon.
Two week session: The 14 day session gives 2 semester hours
of credit: 1 credit hour in science education and 1 credit
hour in social studies education. The course is basically
split between classes and trips with the San José area and
the field experience in the Campanario Biological Station.
Three week session: The 21 day session gives 4 semester
hours of credit: 2 credit hours in science education and 2
credit hours in social studies education. This longer
session allows for a further study of the tropical dry
forests of Guanacaste.
Note: 2 semester hours is the equivalent of 3 quarter hours
of credit. Write to us for the course numbers and for
instructions as to how to register.
(1) Graduate credit for Professional Development is
designed to respond to the ongoing educational needs of
practicing professionals. These credits are generally not
applicable to a degree program but typically meet licensing
requirements and staff development needs. A Credit/No
Credit evaluation will be given.
(2) Degree Applicable graduate credit is offered through
the Graduate School of Education at Lewis and Clark
College. This option demands additional work during the
course and high expectations for reading, writing, and
presentation of work for evaluation. A letter grade for the
course will be given.
Participating Organizations: Institute for Central American
Studies (ICAS) ICAS was founded in San José, Costa Rica in
1982 and seeks to disseminate accurate and reliable
information about political and socio-economic development
in the region and to provide education about the language,
history and politics of Central America. ICAS will be
overseeing the Spanish language learning and San José
cultural aspects of the course. Please view the ICAS web
Lewis and Clark College Lewis and Clark Graduate School of
Education is offering the course for academic credit under
the approval of Dr. Charles Ault. For many years, Dr. Ault
has offered “Ecoscapes: Costa Rica”, a similar course
leading to a Masters in Education. He is now happy to offer
the benefits of this course to non-degree and non-Lewis and
Clark students through “Habitats and Culture of Costa
Rica”. Please view the Lewis and Clark College web site at:
Write – E-mail – Call us for an application and information
on course outline, itinerary, fees, and instructions for
obtaining academic credit.
Other Information You Should Know
Security and Safety. . .
There is a first aid kit at the field station, a boat is
ready in case of emergencies, and a cellular phone is
available for necessary communication with the outside
world. The water is potable, and the dining hall &
dormitories are completely screened. Meals, while not
gourmet, are nutritous & plentiful, with lots of fruits &
veggies. Each participant must have travel insurance which
will be adequate for remote locations like Campanario.
Insurance should cover med-evacuations, just in case.
How You Sign Up. . .
Sign-ups should be made as early as possible (space is
limited) and at least 30 days prior to the trip. We need a
50% deposit to secure your reservation. The deposit can be
made with your trip coordinator or directly to us. Payment
may be made by cash, travelers’ checks or bank checks made
out to Campanario S.A., The remainder is due during
orientation in San José and should be paid in cash at that
Should cancellation be necessary, 50% of the deposit can be
refunded if you advise us in writing at least 30 days
before the initiation of the trip. Sorry, we are unable to
offer refunds on deposits after that date because
preparations for the camp session will have gone into
Once you’ve made your reservations, we’ll send you a list
of things to pack and how to get ready for your trip.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Click here for updated costs.
Return to Home Proyecto Campanario Tel: +506 - 258-5778 *
Fax: +506 - 256-0374 http://www.campanario.org E-mail:
Campanario@racsa.co.cr Costa Rica
Leslie Harley Marketing Campanario Staff
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