Next offered in Spring 2023; applications will be accepted in the Fall of 2022. Tentative schedule shown below. See Ms. Stadler for details. (UNCG reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format, or to change costs due to conditions beyond its control.)
A Sea Turtles Course with 5 days in Coastal North Carolina (2 trips), 2 days at UNCW/UNCG Ocean Advocacy Workshop, and 9 days in Costa Rica.
In cooperation with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and the Sea Turtle Conservancy UNCG offers you: BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF SEA TURTLES, a program that consists of 2 courses. One, BIO 361, is a spring seminar and field studies course conducted on campus at UNCG and Topsail Island, NC. The other, GES 370, is held in Costa Rica at the Phipps Biological Field Station in Tortuguero, Costa Rica!
To read more about the program and to apply, click here.
|Interest meeting: anyone interested in applying or learning more about the course should attend||October/November TBD
Please email Melanie Stadler if you are interested in the course and she will add you to her contact list
|Introduces the course and will last about 30 minutes. This meeting is for students who are thinking about applying for the course. Both meetings cover the same material.|
|Applications Due: (see link below, also available outside 310 Sullivan Science Bldg)||November TBD||Submit application in person to Melanie Stadler -contact info at bottom of page|
|Class meetings: scheduled time Spring semester 2023||TBD: Possibly Friday 3:00-4:30 p.m.||Location: T.B.D. Room in Sullivan Science Building, UNCG Campus|
|Work/study at the Sea Turtle Hospital
Ocean Advocacy Workshop UNCG/UNCW in Wilmington, NC
|1. A weekend early in the spring 2023 semester
2. Three full days between finals and the beginning of the first summer session
3. A weekend in March, TBD, lodging TBD
|1. Indoor accommodations, Surf City, North Carolina
2. Camping at Surf City
|Costa Rica (required)||July 22-31, 2023||Tortuguero, Costa Rica|
Credit Hours: 4: 3 (BIO 361 Spring 2023) + 1 (GES 370 Second Session summer)
Enrollment Limit: 10-12 Students
Interested Applicants: Every applicant is expected to attend one of the two Interest Meetings to learn about the course and ask questions (see date, time, and place in table above). The regular class meeting time will be on Friday afternoons (time TBD)
Apply through UNCG Study Abroad: this is a faculty-led program
Prerequisites: Biology 112 or permission of the instructor
Course Description: Field Studies: The course will be centered around field work a the Karen Beasely Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, North Carolina and in Tortuguero, Costa Rica
The sea turtle hospital is one of only a few facilities in the US dedicated entirely to sea turtles. The mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured sea turtles
Students will assist in the care of the turtles and will learn more about the causes of decline in US waters
Housing for winter trip will be at the Guest House at the Sea Turtle Hospital. We will camp at Lanier’s Campground on the May trip
Costa Rica: Students will participate in the oldest on-going sea turtle research program of its kind. Initiated by Dr. Archie Carr in the late 1950s, the tagging project is now coordinated by the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). Students will participate in all aspects of data collection on the green turtles that come to nest on the beach at night. Students will need to be physically fit, as tagging the turtles may require five or more miles of walking each night in a tropical climate
Housing will be at the STC’s Tortuguero Biological Field Station. Tortuguero is a remote roadless area on the Caribbean coast, at the edge of a wet tropical rain forest that is criss-crossed by rivers and streams. Access is only by boat, or plane, but we will be arriving and departing by boat. The field station is located adjacent to the small village of Tortuguero and the 20,000-hectare Tortuguero National Park. Students will help measure nesting turtles, count eggs and assist in flipper tagging and recording data. In addition to working with the turtles, students will have the opportunity to meet the people of the local village, a Caribbean coastal community. On day trips, students may explore the rain forest of the National Park and other ecosystems of the northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
Classroom Studies: Classroom studies constitute a very important part of the course. These classes will involve presentations by faculty, students, and guest speakers. There will be tests, reports and papers. This time is also used to prepare students for travel and field work
Cost: The cost is UNKNOWN at this time. Expect that it will be AROUND $2100.00 (air fare to San Jose, Costa Rica not included). The price includes a $325 fee to International Programs on campus
Students will seek grant funding from Green Fund for the Ocean Advocacy Workshop in Wilmington, NC, March 27-28, 2023
For international travel, all meals and lodging include the following: overnight accommodations, dinner and breakfast in San Jose for first night; three meals a day while at the Phipps Biological Field Station for six nights; a one night stay at Selva Verde Lodge and an optional class II, III rafting trip on the Sarapaqui
A deposit of $400.00 is due upon acceptance on December 15, 2022. See information on the Study Abroad Program page (note: this is a Faculty-Led program).
Not included in cost: Transportation to Surf City and meals; passport, airport exit tax in Costa Rica (about $27.00), tips (about $50.00), insurance, and personal items. Certain special field trips may be offered at a small additional cost
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