Take Biology and Science outside of the classroom and jump into the rich abundant ecosystem that is Costa Rica. Accountable for 5% of the planet’s biodiversity, Costa Rica’s notability for preserving vital rain forests and fragile ecosystems as well as investing in successful renewable energy is one of many reasons thousands continue to visit the ever so welcoming country.
‘Pura Vida’, meaning pure life; is the sentiment you feel as soon as you step foot into the flood of emerald green lands freckled with vibrant flowers and surrounded by tropical trees. With the goal of being carbon-neutral by 2021; current generations can learn a great deal from Costa Rica in regards to sustainable living for future years to come.
Alongside their exemplary renewable energy resources, their successful conservation efforts have made Costa Rica a leader and great hands-on learning experience involving biodiversity. Just by visiting these ecotourist areas; travelers, like yourself, do their part in helping the planet as the proceeds go towards government and private organizations working on further implementing strategies in preserving the most endangered and threatened sectors of the forest spaces.
Home to stratovolcanoes symbolic to the mountainous landscape, witness how Costa Rica has utilized these geothermal forces in order to produce and support the entire population’s electricity usage. Despite their frequent activity no need to worry, these volcanic sites are a safe marvel to see and a can’t miss experience. Enjoy the view of the great Arenal Volcano, formed 7,000 years ago, from the Baldi Hot Springs surrounding it and once you’re done; take a ride down the gentle waters of the Corobici River to experience the jungle that is home to howler monkeys, coatis, iguanas, otters, herons and many more spectacular creatures.
Not too far from the Poas volcano, you will find the La Paz Waterfall gardens home to an exhibition of nature’s treasures. In this national park, you will find the Butterfly Observatory where 4,000 butterflies flutter around freely, landing at any time to rest on your shoulder or give you a kiss. The Butterfly Observatory is just one of many exhibits available for biology classes to frolic through and study; be sure to check out the Hummingbird Gardens, Serpentarium, Frog Exhibit, Tica House, and Trout Lake.
The Costa Rican way of life is derived from self-awareness and the responsibility of each and every individual doing their part in taking care of the planet we call home. Alongside it’s beautiful and natural aesthetics sheltering Mother Nature’s hidden gems, the Costa Rican community is one that is warmhearted and welcoming to sharing their modest ways of living alongside nature and in harmony with our Planet Earth.