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UNCP Students Travel to Costa Rica (June 2011)

Photo of swinging bridge in Costa Rica Photo of red frog in Costa Rica Photo of damselfly in Costa Rica

Eleven students and Dr. Debby Hanmer spent two weeks this summer (June 15-28) exploring some of the ecosystems of Costa Rica.  The study-abroad course “Natural History of Costa Rica” includes field trips and excursions to study first-hand the biological complexities of the tropics. 

Photo of students dining in Costa Rica Photo of plate of Costa Rican food Photo of Costa Rican restaurant

Photo of planting a tree in Costa Rica

Everyone enjoyed visiting chocolate, coffee and pineapple plantations.   A visit to a local rural school to plant 100 trees with the students was a highlight.

When asked to summarize the experience, Sierra Edwards wrote “EYE OPENER. That's it in a nutshell. My eyes were opened to new conservation techniques and efforts, the humbled lifestyle they enjoy, and the appreciation of nature, the way God intended it to be. Everything is simplified, and sometimes that's all you really need.”


Photo of Costa Rican beetles Photo of a student who has a frog on her face Photo of Costa Rican children

Photo of Costa Rican woman pouring a beverage The course (BIOS 3025/5025) is offered in the summer of odd numbered years and carries 3 credit hours. 

Start planning now to participate in 2013.  Contact Dr. Debby Hanmer for more information.

Photo of Dr. Debby Hanmer and two of her students in Costa Rica Photo of Dr. Debby Hanmer and her group of college students in Costa Rica

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Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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