In the summer of 2011, faculty from Western Washington University’s (WWU) Huxley College of the Environment implemented a five week field course in Costa Rica exploring Participatory Ecological Monitoring and the pedagogies of Environmental Education. Faculty and students completed observational studies of tree diversity, soil composition, avian bioacoustics, collaborative conservation management, and environmental education. Comparative observations were conducted at biological stations in Carara and Corcovado National Park in collaboration with Park staff. We hypothesized that significant contrasts will occur between Carara’s secondary and Corcovado’s primary forests and their neighboring communities. Our results inform Costa Rican conservation and management strategies as well as contribute to the growing field of participatory ecological monitoring. Biodiversity conservation begins inside of Costa Rica’s and other nation’s protected areas but will be complemented by research, education and outreach in the communities outside National Parks.
In Five Seasons in Ecotopia: Rainforest Immersion and Conservation Action in Costa Rica
Abel, Troy D. 2012. Participatory Ecological Monitoring and Environmental Education in 2011. In Five Seasons in Ecotopia: Rainforest Immersion and Conservation Action in Costa Rica, ed. Troy D. Abel. Bellingham, WA: Village Books Press, 46-57.