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Scotts Valley Middle School


Second Annual 


Scotts Valley Middle School 


Ecology and Adventure Program to Costa Rica 


Explore one of the world’s most biodiverse countries! Research Sea Turtles and join in conservation efforts on the remote and pristine Osa Penisula. The Sea Turtle research data you collect will contribute to the findings presented at the annual World Sea Turtle Congress. Volunteer your time at a primary school for a cross cultural learning experience. Make your way to the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. Observe the many communities of monkeys that call the park home. Experience whitewater rafting and ziplining through the trees. Relax in a hot spring and take in all the natural beauty that surrounds you. 


Curriculum & Trip Highlights:


  • Begin your trip arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica. San Jose is Costa Rica's capital and sits in the Central Valley region with the Talamaca Mountains to the south and volcanoes to the north.
  • Hike the Los Santos Cloud Forest Reserve. This hike will astound visitors as they    explore the regions rich biodiversity. 
  • Stay with host families and learn about their culture and traditions.
  • Enjoy a half day coffee tour through a working plantation and roastery.             
  • Learn how to prepare authentic Costa Rican cuisine 
  •  Work in a Sea Turtle Nursery, helping to collect data used in conservation efforts.
  • Bat Conservation Activity - Observe roosts, as well as utilizing mist nets and harp traps to document and collect data on a wide variety of bat species.
  • Transfer to the magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park located on the central Pacific coast.
  • Spend a day exploring the expansive white sand beaches and practice "hanging ten" with professional surf lessons on beginner to intermediate level waves. 
  • Hike the jungle at the Rainmaker private reserve - On this tropical rain forest hike you will get to look for birds, anteaters and monkeys, and study forest ecology. 
  • Tour the wet and fun Venado Caves and learn about geology and biology.
  • Move to the Arenal volcano region and play in the natural hot springs.
  • Traverse several different ecosystems while white water rafting through a Costa Rican river..
  • If time permits, explore downtown San Jose and its big market for last minute souvenir shopping. 



Your 9 Days / 8 Nights Program Includes:                                         

  • Airfare
  • All accommodations
  • Private in-country transportation
  • Bi-lingual naturalist guide
  • All meals
  • All activity and entrance fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Additionally, Scholastic Expeditions provides basic medical, dental and accidental insurance package




2018 Program Dates:


SVMS - June 13th - 21st, 2018


$3550 - Student 


$3775 - Adult chaperon price 



Price is all inclusive!!!


Additional Travel Protection:


Scholastic Expeditions provides basic medical, dental and accidental insurance at no cost to the traveller. Travelers can however purchase additional travel protection.


For more information on cost and coverage, please download the information sheet.