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Costa Rica
Sea Turtle Ecology


  • Collect data on leatherback sea turtles

  • Explore a tropical rainforest ecosystem

  • Live like a researcher

Join EPI on a 7 or 9-day educational travel course in the rainforests of Costa Rica's Caribbean slope. You and your students will travel by boat to Pacuare Reserve—a working field research station stewarded by EPI —and help scientists research and protect incredible species like leatherback sea turtles. When you’re not collecting data in the field, you’ll explore the biodiversity of a lowland tropical ecosystem on guided hikes with EPI instructors and Pacuare Reserve staff.


On all of EPI’s student travel programs, students participate in real-life, ongoing wildlife conservation projects with experts in their field. Lessons and activities are rooted in the NGSS standards and are designed to spark students’ passion for environmental science and conservation. It’s time to discover a student travel program like no other, where exploration and science go hand-in-hand!

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*Enroll at least 6 students with deposits by July 1st to receive early bird pricing

Your Fieldwork

Work with nesting leatherbacks

The Leatherback is the largest of all sea turtles. Join researchers conducting night-time censuses of nesting turtles and collect key biometric data on this threatened species. If nests are found in unsuitable locales, you'll help relocate the nests to ensure the safety and success of the hatchlings.


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Pacuare Reserve is a scientifically managed wildlife reserve on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast. Home to the most important leatherback nesting beach in Costa Rica, the reserve hosts a range of scientists studying sea turtles and other rare wildlife such as the jaguar and agami heron. Fundamental to its model of community-based conservation is the belief that students and teachers must be involved in the scientific study and preservation of wild habitat. 

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