Trip to Costa Rica

Dowling College and The Dowling Institute in collaboration with the Department of Earth & Marine Science presents a trip to Costa Rica, the land between two oceans. The trip is scheduled for January 8-19, 2007 and students and faculty are reminded to register soon because space is limited! Participants are welcome to enjoy the trip while having the option of completing credits or not. Students and Faculty must submit a registration commitment along with the mandatory $200 trip deposit no later than September 25, 2006 to Dr. John Tanacredi. Payment in full for the trip is due by November 15, 2006.


This Costa Rica experience is being offered by the Dowling Institute in collaboration with Dowling College. Participants may choose to register for Dowling College undergraduate credits or for non-credit through the Dowling Institute. You do not need to be a science major!

You can earn up to 12* undergraduate college credits during the Winter Session 2007 while exploring Costa Rica!
Costa Rica experience is only $2,996 per person**
(**all inclusive, double occupancy)

Credit Course*: January 2 - 25, 2007

*Credit participants are responsible for College Tuition & fees in addition to trip costs. Academic approvals are required prior to registration.

For more course information, call Dr. John T. Tanacredi at 631-244-3394; or to register, call The Dowling Institute at 631-670-1050.

COSTA RICA: The Land Between Two Oceans

NON-CREDIT PARTICIPANTS:

  • The Costa Rica trip is $2996 per person (all inclusive-including airfare, room and board, double occupancy, in-country transportation, materials fees and all transfers to airport.)
  • Trip dates: January 8 - January 19, 2007
  • Complete the Dowling College-Dowling Institute Non-Credit Registration Form and submit with the mandatory trip deposit of $200 no later than September 25, 2006.
  • Payment in full is due by November 15, 2006.
  • Non-credit participants will be notified of a Trip Orientation meeting which will be held during the week of January 2-7, 2007.
  • You may obtain a more detailed brochure which includes the Dowling Institute deposit requirements and cancellation policy information by calling the Dowling Institute at 631-670-1050.
CREDIT PARTICIPANTS:
  • Students may register for the Costa Rica experience for Dowling College undergraduate credits offered during Winter Session 2007. Students must contact Dr. John T. Tanacredi, Chairman, Department of Earth & Marine Sciences (phone: 631-244-3394 or email: TanacreJ@dowling.edu) for approval prior to course registration.
  • Winter Session Course dates: January 2 - January 25, 2007; Trip dates: January 8 - January 19, 2007 (The Costa Rica field experience is a mandatory component of the course(s)).
  • Students will be advised by Dr. Tanacredi regarding the course(s) to register for: ESC 4181A: Volcanoes: Live and In-person 3 credits ESC 4182A: Tropical Ecology 3 credits MSC 2110A: Marine Ichthyology 3 credits MSC 4181A: Coastal Ornithology 3 credits
  • You may earn up to a maximum of 12 credits (pending academic approvals as required by Dowling College).
  • Dowling College tuition and fees apply for credit registrations in addition to the Costa Rica trip fee (the Costa Rica trip is $2996 per person [all inclusive-including airfare, room and board, double occupancy, in-country transportation, materials fees and all transfers to airport.]
  • Financial Aid recipients should contact the Financial Aid office to discuss how financial aid may be applied for the Winter session.
  • Students must submit a registration commitment along with the mandatory $200 trip deposit no later than September 25, 2006 to Dr. John Tanacredi.
    Payment in full for the Costa Rica trip component of the course is due by November 15, 2006.
  • Registration for the Winter Session 2007 begins November 13, 2006. Students may process their registrations at that time. A tuition deposit of $225 is due at the time of registration. Payment of tuition and fees will be processed following standard College policy.
ALL PARTICIPANTS:
  • The Costa Rica trip is $2996 per person (all inclusive-including airfare, room and board, double occupancy, in-country transporation, materials fees and all transfers to airport.)
  • Trip dates: January 8 - January 19, 2007
  • This is a non-smoking trip
  • Participants are covered by limited travel insurance under Dowling College. Additional travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance is optional, but recommended and must be purchased by the individual. (For additional information on travel insurance, contact the Dowling Institute at 631-670-1050)
  • Payment for the trip in full is due by November 15, 2006.
  • All participants MUST have a Valid Passport

ITINERARY*

Winter Session 2007 January 2 - 25, 2007
Costa Rica Field Experience January 8 - 19, 2007

On campus class meetings January 2 - 7, 2007
*During the first week of this Winter Session course, classes will meet on Dowling's Rudolph Campus in Oakdale. Orientation and background information will be covered during the first week of classes. Non-credit participants will be notified regarding the pre-trip orientation session.

Field Experience (January 8 - 19, 2007)*
Travel in A.M.; Welcome Dinner

Day 1 USA/San Jose
InBioParque visit;
Overnight at
Barcelo San Jose Palacio
Day 2 San Jose
Boat Ride to Tortuguero
Overnight at Pachira Lodge
Day 3 Full Day Exploring
Tortuguero by boat
Day 4 Breakfast at Pachira
Lodge
Meet our local tour guide;
Tabacon Hot Springs
Days 5 & 6 Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Butterfly Gardens; Hummingbird Gallery;
Ecological Farm; Overnight at Hotel Heliconia
Days 7 & 8 Carara Biological Reserve (travel by bus);
Overnights at Villa Lapas Hotel; Sunset visit to Tarcolas River to see sunset flights of scarlet macaws; Take Jungle Crocodile boat ride; Skywalk
Day 9 San Jose - Earth University
Overnight @ Earth University
Day 10 Forest Aerial Tram or white water rafting
Reventazon River Rapids
Day 11 San Jose - Farewell Dinner
Overnight at Barcelo San Jose Palacio
Day 12 7:30 a.m. transfer to airport; Return U.S.A.

*subject to change
On campus credit-class meetings January 22 - 25, 2007
*During the last week of this Winter Session course, classes will meet on Dowling's Rudolph Campus in Oakdale for trip review, final examinations and project submittal.

Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 7,000 students at its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in several disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education. Dowling offers its students an education of excellence in an atmosphere that is friendly and supportive.

The Dowling Institute provides people of all ages with lifelong learning opportunities designed to meet their educational, social, and recreational needs. Programs consist of unique trips, enrichment programs, training and programs, children's summer camps, and teacher in-service certificate programs.

Your trip leader and course instructor for ESC 4182A is Dr. John T. Tanacredi, a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Earth and Marine Sciences at Dowling College. He has over 35 years experience as scientist, researcher, and educator and has led expeditions in many parts of the world. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Aquarium, and Columbia University's LaMont Doherty Earth Observatory, as well as a Fellow of the Explorers Club.

Dowling College offers three exciting degree programs in the environmental sciences: B.A. in Earth Science, B.A. in Marine Studies and B.S. in Environmental Sciences. This “Special Topics” course will bring you up-to-date with the latest techniques, information, and experiences that will be important in shaping a future in the natural sciences and technology and helping fulfill your degree requirements.

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