School Trips For Environment and Sustainability

Offer your students an opportunity to consider human impacts on the Earth with one of our Environment and Sustainability itineraries. Explore themes including conservation, ecotourism, green energy and global warming up close.

Your students will have a chance to study the local and global contexts of environmental issues either as part of, or as the main focus of their visit to any one of our destinations. Here are some examples which can be included in an itinerary.

Top 10 Environment And Sustainability Experiences

  1. Rescuing turtles in Costa Rica
  2. Visit the Chengdu Panda Base in China
  3. Learn about geothermal and hydro electrical power in the Azores
  4. Studying receding glaciers in Iceland
  5. Admire the city plans in the Urban Planning Exhibition for the ever changing Shanghai
  6. Plant trees in Costa Rica
  7. Visit Circeo National Park, Rome, to study land use, irrigation and ecosystems.
  8. See the endangered Kiwi bird in New Zealand
  9. Journey inside a Norwegian mountain to a hydroelectric power station
  10. Discuss sustainable tourism in Iceland

Costa Rica

Day 1-3

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve – Reforestation and Coffee Tour

Depending on where you are travelling from, you’ll fly into San Jose to rest on the first night ready for your trip to begin in the morning. Journey to the beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to enjoy the natural surroundings and reflect on two important sustainability topics.

In the 1960s many areas of Costa Rica were subjected to extreme deforestation. Luckily since the 90s ecotourism rose to prominence and the industry has been working to re-establish once destroyed forests and habitats. Learn about the area and play your part by planting a tree yourself.

Discover the process of coffee production; propagation, germination, crop maintenance, harvesting and roasting. Learn about the history of this important plant in Costa Rica which follows strict ethical, social and environmental principals, and plant your own coffee tree.

Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to thousands of species of animals, insects and plants, making it a haven for budding biologists.

In addition to their incredible canopy zip lines there are a variety of other activities to choose from including suspension bridges, a butterfly garden, a serpentarium, hummingbird garden, frog garden and insect museum.

Day 4

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Arenal National Park and Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour

Arrive at the formidable Arenal National Park, known for its wildlife, hot springs and of course the active volcano, Arenal.

The Maleku invite you to take a look at their authentic way of life by visiting their native reserve close to the town of La Fortuna. You will learn about the fascinating history of the Maleku, their traditions, beliefs, music and the plants they use for medicinal purposes. The tour is narrated in the Maleku language and translated into English. You also have the opportunity to purchase handmade artwork. Proceeds go directly to the Maleku community.

Day 5-6

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Tirimbina Biological Field Station – Community Work and Sustainable & Organic Tour

All the biological field stations that we work with in Sarapiqui have a relationship with a local community, exchanging education about conservation for help within the community, for example building, painting and teaching. Should you wish to include a community project element into your itinerary please discuss your requirements with us.

You can also choose from a range of other programs to take part in at the field station including studying frogs, bats, forest composition, ecology or even chocolate production.

If organic produce and sustainable living is an area of interest for your group then the Sustainable and Organic Tour is a top choice. Discover how to make organic soaps, cheeses and how to grow organic vegetables.

Also on this tour you will learn how horse waste can be converted into methane gas, which can be used for cooking!

Day 7

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White-water Rafting on Pacuare River

Take to the water for an adventure to your overnight camp. The Pacuare River banks are home to a range of creatures including jaguars, monkeys, sloths and a colourful array of birdlife.

After your safety briefing you will try your hand at white water rafting, your luggage will be carried in watertight barrels behind you all the way to your camp.

You will be staying at El Nido de Tigre rainforest camp. This remote hideaway is within the rainforest so your group can feel at home in nature before hiking back to the coach the following morning and journeying to Pacuare Leatherback Turtle Reserve

Day 8-10

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Pacuare Leatherback Turtle Reserve

When you reach the Pacuare Leatherback Turtle Reserve in the morning you will have the chance to explore the glorious beaches before the staff at the reserve explain more about the facility and the tasks you will be getting involved with during your stay.

Depending on the needs of the reserve you could be involved in tagging nesting turtles, counting eggs or releasing hatchlings into the wild. You may even be included in the night patrol to monitor the nesting or hatching on the beach.

This is an incredible opportunity for students to not only understand how and why a species becomes endangered but for them to play their part in supporting conservation.

On your last day you will say your goodbyes to the team and the turtles before heading back to San Jose for one last full day of exploring.

Day 11-12

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Cachi Hydroelectric Power station

The small community of Cachi sits amid the natural beauty of the Orosi Valley and is most known for the lake and dam of the same name in the community. This picturesque town is surrounded by lush forests, sprawling coffee plantations, rivers, waterfalls and other tiny communities, all of which encompass their own deeply-rooted customs and history. Lago de Cachi is an artificial lake built in the 1970s as one of the first hydroelectric projects in the country, designed to provide power and deter flooding in the area. While this structure stands in striking contrast to the greenery it surrounds, it is a surprisingly beautiful attraction to visit – the well-crafted cement walls curve through the thick forest.

Catch your flight home in the evening after a once in a lifetime adventure which will leave you with a greater appreciation for the importance of the environment and sustainable enterprises.

We have so many ways to customise and adapt this Costa Rican itinerary. All you need to do is to start a conversation with our friendly team.

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