|12.4.2013||Spring Break Programs|
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Tropical Reforestation Service-Learning Spring BreakUndergraduate, Graduate / Spring / Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
Students will learn and apply GPS and GIS skills, and spend spring break playing a critical role in the monitoring and assessment of the UGA Costa Rica carbon offset reforestation program. This program plays a critical role in increasing forest habitat and connectivity in the Bellbird Biological Corridor, in addition to the carbon sequestration objectives. This monitoring program is essential for independent certification of our carbon offset program, and contributes valuable data to help assess the effectiveness of the program.
Students will participate in the following specific activities:
- Mapping land-use and forest cover in the region using GPS and GIS tools. Map the fringes of existing forest tracts as well as mapping forest fragments. The resulting GIS coverage will be critical in assessing existing deforestation and planning future reforestation strategies.
- Locate and map areas of past reforestation. Once located, the success of these reforested tracts will be evaluated for seedling survival, viability, and community structure.
- Making annual measurements of tree growth in reforested tracts and providing photographic documentation. The resulting estimates of growth rate will be converted into carbon sequestration rates, and will also support development of on-line interactive resources that allow participants in the reforestation program to virtually track their trees over time.
- Horticultural work in the nursery related to the propagation of indigenous tree species.
- Assisting with reforestation activities as the season permits.
These activities will help students to gain an appreciation for conservation issues and help them to better understand the important link between policy, economics, land use, and conservation. Students with an academic background in agriculture, biology, ecology, forestry and natural resource management, geography, and horticulture will constructively apply their skills to real-world problems. Interested students from any academic background are welcome to participate.
The program also includes hikes to the San Luis Waterfall (the country's second highest!), ziplining through the cloud forest canopy, a cultural night at a local tilapia farm (catch your own dinner!), and two final night in the Pacific coastal town of Playa Sámara.
UGA COSTA RICA CAMPUS
Courses are taught in state-of-the art classrooms and via "living classroom" excursions. All in all, the 155-acre campus is comprised of 36,000 square feet of built space, which includes computer labs, spacious bungalows, a student union, and recreational facilities. Additionally, there are nearly 3 miles of hiking trails throughout the property, along with a working organic farm and reforestation nursery.
December 04 2013
March 8 -16, 2014
Enrollment is limited to 20 qualified students. Students will earn 3 credit hours.
To apply, students must submit a complete UGA Costa Rica program application and UGA transient application (if applicable). A $300 deposit will be required 10 days after your official acceptance and is payable via the UGA Student Accounts System. The deposit will be refunded if the applicant withdraws by the program's withdrawal deadline (see below). If you are a transient student, please click here for complete application instructions.
- FANR5900 - Directed Projects in Forestry and Natural Resources
- FANR9200 - Applied Research in Forestry and Natural Resources
- FORS5950 - Special Topics in Forestry and Natural Resources
- FORS7980 - Forestry Problems
Costs & Payments
Program fees are approximately $650*, which covers all lodging (both on- and off-campus), three meals per day, travel insurance, and all sponsored in-country transportation and entry fees. Additional costs include UGA in-state tuition† and fees, personal items, and international airfare. For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the UGA Bursar's website.
* The final program fee is subject to student enrollment.
† Note: Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition. Additionally, the HOPE scholarship applies to those who are eligible.
Once you are admitted, all program fees will be charged to your Student Account. You may pay online with a credit card or mail a check to the Bursar's Office. Access your Student Account here. If you receive a scholarship from either OIE or UGA Costa Rica, or plan to utilize financial aid, please notify the UGA Costa Rica Office should any payment need to be submitted after the deadlines. We are generally willing to work with students who have special circumstances.
An additional application and $60 processing fee is required for non-UGA students to enroll. Click here for instructions and to download the Transient Student application. Contact the UGA Costa Rica Office to confirm once you have started the application process. And per University of Georgia policy, all non-UGA students will be charged a $250 fee in addition to their tuition (unless a student of a USG or SEC institution), which is assessed by the UGA Bursar's office.
Other dates / Deadlines
Application Deadline: December 4, 2013
Withdrawal deadline: December 11, 2013
After this date, students who withdraw from the program will be responsible to forfeit their initial deposit as well as any program costs that have been spent on their behalf (e.g., hotel reservations, transportation, and payments to local vendors). To withdraw a student must submit the official withdrawal form.
Final Payment Deadline: March 1, 2014
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