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14 July, 2023

Second Summer Session 2023: Systems Change for Health & Sustainabiity

The group visited a number of farms near Seattle, Washington during the first part
of the course prior to arriving in Costa Rica.  This provided an excellent
opportunity to compare and contrast farming practices.   



Once in Costa Rica the group visited local organic farms and planted
little known native fruit trees (Chirimoya) and other pollinator
(e.g., hummingbird & butterfly) favorites.


We also learned about Costa Rican culture and its natural & political history,
as well as assisted in an grade school environmental education
project about the importance of bees for ecosystem services.  


Visits to local farmer's markets where we learned
about (and ate) various tropical fruits!


Exploring our personal values (above), and our connection with Nature
through various Deep Ecology exercises and activities (below).

 A visit to the beautiful University of Costa Rica campus in San Ramón
where we made time for personal reflection. 


Some of the flora and fauna we encountered during the course.


03 June, 2023

Summer 2023: International Environmental Issues & Globalization

Hands-on experience tree coring in a tropical forest reserve (above) after
learning about different types of
forests and techniques in
the classroom (right)

 Visiting a fossil and minerals exhibit (above) and learning
about Costa Rican history at a local museum (below)

Learning in the field: Ecotourism in practice (left) and personal reflection
& ethnographic research (below)

Volunteer service at La Fortuna Butterfly Garden (above)
and planting herbs on the grounds (below) 

 Visiting an organic herbal health care products cottage industry run by a woman's cooperative in Grecia 

Watershed reforestation in the Western Central Valley town of Palmares


 Hiking in the Children's Eternal Rainforest 
Also see Robyn's course video here