Costa Rica Tree Climbing (PE 1658)



Friday, February 28th 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Sun - Sun   3/29/20-4/5/20 noon to noon


Students: $1,300
Nonstudent: $1,900
CU Faculty/Staff: $1,300

Drop Deadline: 1/22/20

To register, call COE at 607-255-6183 or


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Big tropical trees. Howler Monkeys. Exotic bryophytes.  The rainforest canopy is home to many arboreal animals: rare frogs, toucans, monkeys, orchids and this January, to Cornell students!   If you're itching for a new cultural experience and excited to explore the canopy first hand, this is it. 

The tropical rainforest is the source of the richest biodiversity in the world. Yet even after great public alarm and dismay over the loss of tropical forest, only minor attempts have been made to plant native trees and develop sustainable forestry systems in the tropics.  Come visit the rainforest up close and personal, and draw your own conclusions about the preciousness of the rainforest and best means to sustain it.

We will spend ten days in Costa Rica, traveling to the Rio Guabo valley to explore the canopy of a lowland tropical rainforest. You will learn how to use ropes and technical gear to get into the canopy of any tree and move around in giant primary tropical rainforest trees.  (There will also be plenty of spashing around in beautiful swimming holes!)

We will also learn some local ecology and experience the culture of a Spanish-speaking rural community. We will stay in a tiny village and eat the typical cuisine prepared by local people.   All equipment is included in the course fee. No climbing experience necessary. Students must provide their own transportation to and from San Jose, Costa Rica.  Students should arrive before noon on March 30th (SJO) and leave after noon on April 7th (from SJO).

DO NOT PURCHASE FLIGHTS UNTIL WE SEND YOU CONFIRMATION THAT THE COURSE WILL RUN. For more information contact Mark Holton at or 607-254-2798.