The Costa Rica Earth Expeditions trip was fantastic! It’s amazing just how diverse the habitats and species are in this relatively small country. We spent time in the lowland tropical rainforest at the La Selva Biological Station, where it was super hot and humid, and also spent time in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which was much cooler at the higher elevation. Much of the trip consisted of hiking and seeking out all that there was to see and learn about neotropical ecology. Since the course is about learning through inquiry, our great group of educators conducted original investigations on everything from leaf-cutter ant and hummingbird behavior to epiphyte diversity. We had some great discussions about the region and community-based conservation and even planted trees as part of a reforestation project at the Cloud Forest School. Below are just a few of the many pictures I took on the trip.