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Tropical Reforestation: A Spring Break Service-Learning Experience

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Undergraduate, Graduate / Spring / Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources

*UGA students: Please be aware that there are a number of Foundation Incentive Scholarships available specifically for this program.


Program Overview


Students will spend their spring break in the Cloud Forest region of Costa Rica learning about forest nursery management and tropical reforestation, and conduct field assessments trees planted as part of UGA Costa Rica's Carbon Offset reforestation program. This reforestation program is very important and plays a vital role in increasing forest habitat and connectivity in the Bellbird Biological Corridor. This monitoring program is essential and contributes valuable data to help assess the success and effectiveness of the tree planting program.


By the end of this experience, students will be able to:

  • Describe the function and use of Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware and Geographic Information System (GIS) software;
  • Demonstrate how to properly measure a seedling in the nursery and in the field;
  • Interpret aerial photographs and locate existing planting areas using the planting maps created as part of the master planting plan;
  • Explain the importance of the Bellbird Biological Corridor to the survival of local flora and fauna.

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 a scholarly interest 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, however, are welcome to participate.


The program also includes hikes to the top of UGA's Camino Real Trail, ziplining through the cloud forest canopy, a cultural night at a local tilapia farm, and two final nights in the Pacific coastal town of Playa Sámara.


UGA Costa Rica Campus

Program courses are taught at UGACR’s classrooms and labs and through “living classroom” field-based activities. The 155-acre UGACR campus, located in San Luis de Monteverde, is a model of sustainability, and includes computer and science labs, spacious bungalow dorms, a student union/dining hall, and recreational facilities. There are over 2 miles of hiking trails throughout the campus’ forest reserve, along with a working organic farm and reforestation nursery, and the San Luis Botanical Garden with a medicinal plants garden and arboretum trails.




January 15 2016



Program Dates

March 5 - 13, 2016

Application Process

Enrollment is limited to 12 qualified students. Students will earn 2 credit hours.


To apply, students must submit all 3 of the following:

 For more information, contact Kris Irwin. You can also reach the UGACR Office at (706) 542-6203.

Costs & Payments

Program fees are approximately $975*, 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.



After your acceptance into the program, all program fees and tuition will be applied to your Student Account upon registration through Athena. Our office will communicate program and academic course registration specifics with you when your program term approaches. Access your Student Account here. You may pay online with a credit card or mail a check to the Bursar's Office. If you receive a scholarship from either OIE or UGA Costa Rica, or if you plan to utilize financial aid, please notify the UGA Costa Rica Office should any payment need to be submitted after the deadlines given the timing of disbursement. 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. 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




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 DUE: See the Bursar's Office website, select Calendar & Payment Deadlines in the side navigation, then choose the appropriate term to find final payment deadlines.

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