Forest Training courses
Tropical Permaculture, sustainability and nutrition course
This one to two week course takes place in Mastatal organic farm, located one hour from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This farm is close to the Cangreja National Park, one of the most beautiful and biodiverse ecosystems of Costa Rica. In this course, students will learn about permaculture, sustainability and nutrition. This course will include lectures about tropical permaculture, medicinal plants, tinctures preparation and fermented foods. The practical will involve working in the agro-ecological farm growing fresh organic fruits and vegetables, harvesting medicinal plants and local seeds preservation. Through the practical experience students will learn about the nutritional properties of the foods they harvest and cook.
Additionally students will participate in lectures about sustainability like green building, alternative energies, community development, earth rythms and biodynamic farming.
Students will stay in residencies in the sustainable Mastatal organic farm. Three meals a day are included with the farm's fresh organic produce
Neo- tropical Forest Ecology course
This course is located in Pacuare Nature Reserve on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica host to the primary and secondary coastal rainforest. During this week participants will attend the following lectures: tropical climates and ecosystems, rainforest structure and diversity, rainforest ecology, coastal ecosystems (mangroves, seagrass and coral reefs), neo-tropical birds,
deforestation and conservation of biodiversity. During the field studies participants will do bird canal species identification,
and will help researchers to collect important data in the rainforest.
Tropical Megafauna surveys
The one week course will be also located in Pacuare Nature Reserve. These lectures will be focused on tropical biodiversity, tropical mammal biology and ecology, mammal monitoring techniques, anthropogenic threats and rainforest conservation. The course also contains a series of lectures with practical lessons to train the participants in the field survey techniques that the scientists use to identify species. The mammal surveys consist on recording sightings and tracks encountered along the forest transects. Mammal monitoring data collected will provide valuable information relating to the ranging patterns of primates, ocelot, jaguar and other small mammals.