Field Excursions for Environmental Studies Program just announced

Volcán Arenal
This active volcano in North-Western Costa Rica stands 5,358 ft tall. Arenal was Costa Rica’s most active volcano until 2010, and is now one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.

Cerro de la Muerte
Cerro de la Muerte is the highest point along the Costa Rican section of the Inter-American Highway. Its name means “Mountain of Death,” since in the past crossing the mountains from the Valle Central meant a three or four day journey, on foot or on horseback, and many ill-prepared travelers succumbed to the cold and rain. However, the peak is now easily accessible since the highway runs close by.

EARTH University
EARTH University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda) has two locations in Costa Rica. It is a private, non-profit university that offers an undergraduate program leading to a licenciatura degree in agricultural sciences. The curriculum at Earth focuses on sustainable development and prepares students to construct sustainable methods of agriculture in their home communities.

Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste (sky blue river) is a river in Tenorio Volcano National Park of Costa Rica. It is notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration, a phenomenon caused by a chemical reaction between sulfur and calcium carbonate. Rio Celeste also borders several hot springs and has one large waterfall.

Local Coffee Farm
The coffee production in Costa Rica played a key role in the country’s history and still is important for the Costa Rican economy. In 2006, coffee was Costa Rica’s number three export, after being the number one cash crop export for several decades. The coffee is exported to other countries in the world and is also exported to cities in Costa Rica.

Volcán Irazú
Volcán Irazú is an active volcano. It is known by the name of “El Coloso” (The Colossus) due to the catastrophes that it has provoked in the past. At 11,260 ft, Volcán Irazú is the highest active volcano in Costa Rica.

Photos by Annie Gibson, Professor of Practice/Director of the Early Experience at CIAPA