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New Century Students Abroad: Costa Rica

Over the summer, New Century students had the amazing opporunity to study abroad in Costa Rica. Imagine: You're walking along a dark sand beach at midnight. With a sky full of stars, all is silent as you look toward the rolling ocean. You're in search of the elusive, gigantic leatherback sea turtle and its hatchlings. And when you spot them, you'll begin the critical work of studying and conserving this keystone species!

New Century students contributed to the amazing work of monitoring the beach guided by trained research assistant to collect data on some of the oldest keystone species on the planet. Students explored the rainforest, home of howler and spider monkeys, sloths, toucans, iguanas, leaf cutter ants, dart frogs among many others in this biodiversity hotspot. At Pacuare Nature Reserve students explored the wildlife of tropical ecosystems, learned about sea turtle biology, rainforest ecology, and conservation issues. At Tirimbina National Forest students participated in night and day hikes to discover the forests mysterious creatures. The students ended their adventure by whitewater rafting through the rainforest!