Students Experience Tropical Ecosystems in Costa Rica

Students Experience Tropical Ecosystems in Costa Rica
Photo of exotic bird in Costa Rica, where students experienced tropical ecosystemsPhoto Credits: Mr. Shields

The Costa Rica trip, led by Science Teacher Mr. Shields, intends to provide students with direct experiences in tropical ecosystems. While on the trip, students hike, kayak, boat, and drive through and between various habitats including cloud forest, montane rainforest, lowland jungle, coastal beach and river areas. 

Along the way with the help of a Costa Rican biologist, the group saw and learned about the plants, wildlife and ecological interactions.  Explorations happen at night via night walks, as well as during the day.  These explorations allow students to see many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.  The trip includes cultural experiences where students interact with Costa Rican school children and adults, providing them a chance to use their Spanish speaking skills and to learn about another culture.

Pascack Hills appreciates Mr. Shields leading students on this fantastic learning experience.

Photo of students at a waterfall in Costa Rica

Photo of Pascack Hills students interacting with school children in Costa Rica
Photo of students on top of a mountain in Costa Rica
Photo of students in a forest in Costa Rica
Photo of students next to a large tree in a Costa Rican forest
Photo of students on a bridge in Costa Rica
Photo of wildlife in a Costa Rican forest
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