Costa Rica Educational Program
Veragua Rainforest’s educational program mission is to deliver an unforgettable student learning experience in the Costa Rican Central Caribbean region. Our vision is to provide educators and students with an opportunity to incorporate into their learning experiences the concepts of: Hands-on research, sustainability and cultural sensibility.
Our Research Partners during recent years:
- Conservation International
- INBio (Costa Rica’s National Institute of Biodiversity)
- University of Costa Rica
- National Museum of Natural History
- Educational Programs Veragua (View Electronic Brochure)
About our educational activities:Butterfly and Beetle Trap Set-up: With our on-site biologist as our guide, we go out into the field to set up insect and butterfly traps for future collection and identification.
Veragua’s Snakes, Frogs, Toads and Butterflies Exhibits: Students will first be led through a collection of world-class exhibits, including the planet’s largest nocturnal frog exhibit. With the help of our expert guide and exhibit stations, students will learn relevant and interesting information (regions found, maximum size, eating habits, etc.) about many of the species they will soon discover in the rainforest.
Veragua Biological Research Station: Veragua’s Research Station is closely aligned with the School of Biology of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National Museum of Natural History. Students can see how Veragua researchers study rainforest life, and how they discover new species.
Owl and Insect Night Hike: See a unique perspective of Veragua Rainforest at night! Experience the rich sounds and unusual visuals of the rainforest at dark as we venture out onto the trails with our expert biologist. With nearly every step, students will discover nocturnal frogs, colorful insects, snakes, and even nocturnal mammals such as the opossum or the kinkajou. Another fun activity for students is to identify the different characteristics of nocturnal insects and moths with the on-site entomologist.
Peje School Community Work: Located 2 miles from the Veragua Rainforest entrance, the Peje School is our local elementary school. Volunteers will interact with the school children on such activities as: maintenance projects, English tutoring, tree planting and singing local songs with them.
Butterfly Garden Volunteer Work: Volunteers will be split into small groups to work on activities such as:
- Butterfly garden maintenance: leaves, eggs and wings collection
- Pupa Box maintenance: includes species selection, cleaning the boxes after the butterflies are released
- Pupa selection and set-up
- Butterfly garden feeding
- Seed planting at Butterfly Garden