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Science Ed Students, Opportunity for a Field Study Experience in Costa Rica

Secondary science education and biology students have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica as part of a biology course to study the biodiversity of the Central American country. The group will be led by Jackie McLaughlin of Penn State Lehigh Valley and Kathleen Fadigan of Penn State Abington and Great Valley campuses.

by Pamela Batson (February 2009)

big020.jpgUniversity Park, Pa. - Jacqueline McLaughlin, associate professor of biology and director of the Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences (CHANCE) program at Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Kathleen Fadigan, assistant professor of science education at Penn State Abington and Great Valley campuses, will be leading a group of secondary science education and biology students to Costa Rica as part of Biology 297A/497E. The program “A Field Study in the Biodiversity of Costa Rica” will take place June 28 – July 14, 2009.

The purpose of this program is to immerse the participant, either a biology or environmental science/ecology major, or a high school pre-service and in-service science teacher, in the biodiversity of selected Costa Rican habitats using an experiential learning approach. The course will also focus on the conservation and research programs of selected tropical rainforest ecosystems, and the plight of endangered sea turtles species.

Students from University Park and other Penn State campuses are invited to enroll. Participants can earn undergraduate or graduate credits, or high school teachers can gain professional development as educators of environmental science and ecology. The deadline for student registration is February 28. For more information visit: www2.lv.psu.edu/jxm57/explore/costarica2009.