Named by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth,” the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is a true jewel of land, water, and life. Covering an area of just 700 square miles on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the p...
We learned different field skills (everything from measuring river slope to identifying birds), outdoor skills (jungle navigation and camp cooking), and academic skills (reading and writing scientific papers). Plus, we experienced the culture and natural history of the Osa Peninsula and made some great friendships. A very wor...
- The College of William and Mary
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I gained life experience, knowledge, patience, and a better appreciation for the natural world. I was into conservation before I left, but now I am obsessed. I truly feel like I came back a different person and I still can't believe I was able to be a part of this amazing opportunity. It was 100% worthwhile, I would do it all ov...
- Weber State University
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Named by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth,” the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is a true jewel of land, water, and life. Covering an area of just 700 square miles on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the peninsula harbors 2.5 percent of the biodiversity of the entire planet. Here Round River is partnered with the organization Osa Conservation, and our students assist with conservation efforts while learning valuable field skills and earning college credits.
Since 2003 Osa Conservation has worked with the mission of conserving the globally significant biological diversity of the Osa Peninsula. Round River students will assist Osa in their efforts to protect and restore habitat in the region through such projects as the creation of private protected areas, replanting deforested areas with native tree species, establishing biological corridors, species conservation, wildlife monitoring, community outreach and education.
Round River students will be based out of a field camp near Osa Conservation's headquarters, and will assist Osa Conservation with their long-term ecological monitoring.
Camera trap monitoring of wild cats, monkeys, and other mammals
Sea turtle monitoring
River otter surveys along streams
Other potential wildlife studies
Natural History of Costa Rica (summer and semester)
Introduction to Field Methods (summer and semester)
Applied Conservation Biology (summer and semester)
Restoration Ecology (semester only)
Humans & the Environment (semester only)
All courses are accredited through Westminster College of Salt Lake City
2017 Program Dates (subject to change):
January 27 - April 21
June 22 - August 4
Read more here! Keep an eye on our website for the most up to date information.
Round River offers scholarships to students through our Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund.
Edward Abbey was a friend to many and an inspiration to all associated with Round River. Ed’s family has graciously agreed that we may use his name in this manner.
We are committed to involving dedicated and qualified students in our conservation projects and we will work with you to facilitate your application and financial needs. Financial assistance to qualified students from Round River is available from the Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund.
Students should submit an application for the Edward Abbey Scholarship within 3 weeks of paying their deposit to be considered.
Scholarship applications will not be considered unless a student has applied for a Round River program and has all application materials in. Special arrangements may be made for extended scholarship application deadlines, only if a student has contacted Round River well in advance of the deadline.