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Costa Rica

BIOL/ENVR 268: A Model of Sustainability and Tropical Ecology

February 22–March 5, 2023 (Spring Break)

Explore the spectacular flora and fauna of Costa Rica as you take in this educational model for 21st-century sustainable development practices. Led by Moravian professor, Dr. Diane Husic, the Costa Rica study abroad trip takes place over spring break and is a required component of a spring semester course. During this 12-day trip, you’ll explore the biodiversity and tropical ecology of the beautiful landscapes in Costa Rica, and also research examples of sustainable practices including agriculture, indigenous traditions, conservation, and reduction of a nation’s carbon footprint. This is your chance to witness first-hand examples of remarkable ecological theory and evolutionary adaptations and how sustainable theory is put into practice through a combination of traditional knowledge and national policy!

Faculty Facilitator

Dr. Diane Husic

Dean, School of Natural and Health Sciences and Professor of Biology

Diane Husic


  • Program Fee: $1,700 (Meals Included
  • Airfare & Transportation: $724 (Estimated)
  • Insurance Fee: $75 (Required)
  • Total Cost: $2,499
  • Recommended Personal Funds: $100

Quick Facts

  • Application Deadline: 9/26/2022
  • Program Length: 12 Days
  • Credits: 1 Unit or 1/2 Unit
  • Eligibility: Moravian student, 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Language: English

All the landmarks mentioned in this itinerary will be visited. Some changes may be made in the order they will be visited depending upon the weather.

Day 1: Fly to San José, Costa Rica, then travel two hours to the lodge

Day 2: Bird watching with a local guide and visit the Paramo Forest

Day 3: Bird watching tour, coffee tour, travel to Camaquiri Conservation Initiative

Day 4 to 7: Explore Camaquiri Conservation Initiative

Day 8: Travel to Arenal Observatory Lodge, banana plantation tour

Day 9: Explore Arenal Observatory Lodge trail system, observation tower, visit the Danta waterfall, hanging bridges and Observatory Lodge Museum. End the day with a night hike to the frog pound.

Day 10: Day trip to Maleku indigenous community

Day 11: Cote Hydroelectric Plant and Parque Eollico Tilaran

Day 12: Fly back to the US

COVID Disclaimer

Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we cannot guarantee travel or entrance into a destination or a program because of COVID-19 related delays and/or closures. In addition, should travel occur outside of the United States or between States, we cannot guarantee re-entry with or without vaccine requirement and/or quarantine as determined by the intended destination and return location. Moravian University encourages travelers to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine entry/exit requirements as detailed by their intended destination and/or program.