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NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE JUNE 5th!: Costa Rica Primate Behavior Field Course

Educational Organization:
Tree Field Studies

Date Posted:

Program Description:
There are still a few spots for this course - so go ahead and apply!

This month-long course is designed to teach undergraduate and graduate students the basic skills necessary to study primate behavior in the wild. Throughout this course you will learn techniques in ecological and behavioral data collection and complete an independent study on one of three primate species native to the area (Ateles geoffroyi, the black handed spider monkey; Cebus capucinus, the white-faced capuchin; Alouatta palliata, the mantled howler monkey).While our course cost may be a bit higher than some similar field courses we take pride in the fact that our students have the advantage of doing work in two forests, help educate local needy high school students, and take a few fun field trips and help educate local students.

This course will take place at two field sites. The first three weeks will be held at El Zota Biological Station, an inland tropical wet forest site comprised of primary, secondary and regenerating forest. The last week will be held at Tortuguero, a fragmented coastal lowland tropical forest comprised of riverine, palm and secondary forest areas surrounded by the the canals of Rio Tortuguero and the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, we believe the generosity of the Costa Rican people should be rewarded for allowing us to work and visit their country; therefore a portion of the course fee will cover the high school fees of local Costa Rican students. Our hope is that this connection will foster a relationship between the field school and local students, encouraging them to work towards conservation in their own community.

Finally, we take a number of fun side trips in Costa Rica; which are hugely popular and a lot of fun. We have taken students to visit cloud forests and coffee/chocolate plantations, white water rafting, zip-lining, sea-turtle watching, and snorkeling. Space is limited so contact us soon!

Entrance Qualifications:
Completion of the Tree Field Studies Application (available on the Tree Field Studies website),

Currently registered in or graduate from a college or university,

GPA (for at least the past or current semester) of at least 3.0 - (accommodations can be made for those with lower GPA's. But, such accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. Contact Tree Field Studies directly for clarification,

Signed Tree Field Studies Medical Release Form (available on the Tree Field Studies website),

Signed Tree Field Studies Liability Form (available on the Tree Field Studies website),

1 Reference Letter

Tuition / Fees:
$2895 US dollars: this fee includes all room, board, and instruction for the month in Costa Rica.

Support (scholarships, travel):

Start + End Dates:
June 17th - July 17th 2014

Application Deadline:

Admission preference is given to those registering by 4/1/14. However,we will apply serious consideration to applications coming in between 4/1 and 6/5.

In addition, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team members about applying - even if your intent to apply is past any of our due dates. We will consider any application past our due dates on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information:
Dr. Lorna Joachim
P.O. Box 1252
Corrales, NM 87048


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