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Costa Rica & Nicaragua Sea Turtle Ecology  

Sea Turtle Ecology and Conservation

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After touching down in Nicaragua, jump right into your turtle studies at a Nicaraguan research center and assist with in-water monitoring and participate in a reforestation project.  

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Along the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, do hands-on work with one of the largest concentrations of sea turtles found anywhere in the world. Then, it's off to Costa Rica to experience the thrills of the Costa Rican jungle on the rapids of the Sarapiqui River. Next, learn how to do turtle night patrols and research on unique kinds of sea turtles. Assist biologists with in-water turtle surveys, collecting data on population structure, habitat and health. Explore conservation challenges facing sea turtles and research what you can do about them, including night patrols of hatching habitats. Follow this up with hands-on work at a turtle hatchery in the Costa Rican town of San Miguel.  

Sea Turtle Conservation Program in Costa Rica
“We learned a lot about sea turtles, but also about the different cultures and communities we visited. I loved Costa Rica!” — Randelle Boots, Seekong, MA

Explore the volcanic mountain valleys and local communities of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Gain immeasurable, real-world experience with active turtle research projects. Assist with community outreach projects. Ultimately, help protect these fascinating yet endangered creatures for years to come.


3 marine science college credits through Lesley University


35 hours of community service

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Community Service & College Credit
  • 35 Hours
  • 3 Credits
  • Highlights
  • Patrol sea turtle nesting habitats
  • Collect field data on endangered sea turtles
  • Work alongside sea turtle field biologists
  • Build and maintain sea turtle hatcheries
  • Participate in a community based sea turtle conservation project
  • Explore regional biodiversity of Costa Rica and Nicaragua
  • Whitewater raft
  • Experience Required
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school graduate
  • High school or college biology
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago
  • Locations
  • San Jose
  • San Miguel
  • Sarapiqui
  • Tortuguero
  • Venecia
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