Forest City, Iowa – Several Waldorf College biology majors will take part in a unique trip to Costa Rica this May to do field research and explore unusual ecosystems. Four Waldorf students and Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gary Coombs left Sunday, May 5 for the Central American country with a small group from N.I.A.C.C.
“This trip provides a great opportunity for our biology majors,” Coombs said. “There will be great exposure to ecosystems that don’t exist in the states as well as the chance to experience a new culture. I think this Costa Rica trip will broaden the horizons of our students.”
A primary focus of this trip is to provide students an opportunity to do hands-on field research. Prior to leaving, students researched venomous snakes, howler monkeys, the Margay cat, and jellyfish. Students also plan on studying the unique plant life of Costa Rica.
This is the second international trip in two years for Waldorf biology students. Last summer students had the opportunity to visit Peru. Those students brought back soil samples from the rainforest for intensive study that led to insights about soil fertility. “We’d love to provide an international research trip every summer,” Coombs said.
The group will return on May 16 and present their research to the Waldorf Biology Club in the fall.