Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Short Term Study Abroad Classes in Peru and Iceland - Sustainability

This winter & spring break, we invite you to join The GREEN Program abroad in the world’s leading destinations for sustainable development:

Peru & Iceland

The GREEN Program unlocks doors for students to gain exclusive education, industry access, and authentic bucket-list experiences around the world. Through our accredited, career-focused 8 to 10 day programs, we exist to use the world as our classroom in order to give meaning and purpose to education, adventure, and life.

Join a community of students leaders and young professionals who have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.


Early Registration Specials Now Available (for accepted GREEN students who have not yet secured their spots).

Plan ahead! Lock in your reduced GREEN program fee by securing your spot on an upcoming GREEN adventure with your deposit. For more information & program fee specifics for each program session and month, please visit our FAQ.

Iceland - Renewable Energy & Sustainability
Winter:
[1] December 14 - 21, 2016
[2] January 4 - 11, 2017

Spring:
[1] March 5 - 12, 2017
[2] March 12 - 19, 2017

Peru - Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
Winter:
January 4 - 13, 2017

Spring:
March 12 - 20, 2017

For more information please visit: http://thegreenprogram.com/#about-us

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer 2017 Shark and Ray Research

Program description: This program is focused on a hands-on, field curriculum.  We conduct a 1 - 2 hr. lecture or class discussion each day and spend the rest of the day for 6 - 8 hours in the field conducting research on sharks and rays.  Most lectures are focused on elasmobranch biology, physiology, ecology, identification, and conservation.  Other lectures will include biology, physiology, identification, and conservation of sea turtles and manatees; fisheries, aquaculture, and ecotoxicology; the concept of a species; aquarium controversy; and how to develop a research project and communicate the results effectively.  To make this program as hands-on as possible, our students conduct all research activities under the supervision of one or more staff members or instructors.  This means that our students set and retrieve gear, handle any captured animals, collect data from any captured animals, tag elasmobranchs, and release all captured animals.  No previous research experience or animal handling experience is necessary.  This program is excellent for any student interested in the natural sciences, any student wanting to gain research experience, and any student interested in attending graduate school.

Program dates:  Our summer program runs at 1 week intervals (Sunday - Saturday) from May 7, 2017 - August 26, 2017.  Students may attend as many weeks as they would like.  Any student who attends 4 weeks or more will be acknowledged in any scientific paper published from the data collected that summer.  There are tuition breaks for students who attend 3 or more weeks as well as for groups of 6 or more students attending together.

Deadline for early enrollment benefits: December 31, 2016

Deadline for program enrollment: March 30, 2017

For pricing and program availability please visit the summer program page as well as the tuition page of our website http://www.coastalmera.com/summer-program.html

Winter Break Tropical Marine Ecology Course in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

This course is focused on marine organisms and marine ecosystems in a tropical environment, as well as both local and global marine conservation issues.  Students will learn about and experience local marine organisms on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica and the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua.  Lectures and field experiences will be conducted on a daily basis.  We will cover biology, physiology, identification, and conservation information for the following: Local marine vertebrates, local marine invertebrates, sea turtles, and a lecture specifically on elasmobranchs.  We will also cover local marine ecosystems (intertidal zone, rocky reefs, coral reefs, estuaries, mangroves, sandy bottom, pelagic zone), their inhabitants, and conservation issues concerning those ecosystems.  Non-marine related lectures will include local geology and the unique cloud forest of Monteverde.  Field experiences will include scuba diving (for those certified), snorkeling, tide pool exploration, a mangrove estuary tour, and a sea turtle night walk.  Students are expected to actively participate in lectures, group discussions, and species identification in the field.

Course dates:  December 26, 2016 - January 4, 2017

Course fee: $1,799

What's included: Course tuition, all lectures, all housing, all breakfasts, all dinners, all transportation, 3 days diving or snorkeling, tide pool exploration, mangrove tour, sea turtle night walk, surfing, zip-lining.

What's NOT included: Round trip airfare to San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, lunches, snacks and drinks, and any optional activities you choose during free time.

Deadline for course sign-up: October 30, 2016.  There are currently only 10 spaces remaining in this course!!

For further information or to sign up for this course please go to http://www.coastalmera.com/costa-rica---nicaragua.html