Costa Rica Field Botany Program

Costa Rica Field Botany Program

January 5-17, 2015

FVCC will travel to Costa Rica to study field botany over winter break. The group will visit two unique ecological zones: the Cloud Forest region of Monteverde and the Rain Forest region of the Osa Peninsula. The 13-day program will be immersed in pristine jungle settings, residing in biological research stations. FVCC Plant Biology Assistant Professor Mirabai McCarthy, Ph.D., will lead students into primary and secondary tropical forests in one of the most diverse countries in the world.

FVCC Course

All participants are required to enroll in BIOO 215N: Field Botany (3 credits). The course fee is not included in the program cost. Students can register for this course through the FVCC Registration Office or online when registration begins for spring semester of 2015. Registration will open for sophomore students November 21, 2014 returning students November 24, 2014 and new students December 2, 2014. There will be two mandatory classes prior to departure. The group will meet December 9 and 16, 2014 for trip orientation from 3 to 5 p.m. These two sessions will prepare students for departure, provide detailed travel information and answer student questions. The professor may introduce general botany concepts and terminology through suggested readings to help students prepare. The official start date of the class will not be until January 5, 2015, during the college’s winter interim session. Research projects will be conducted and presented in Costa Rica at the Campanario Biological Station. Upon return to Montana, the class will meet January 20 for final exam and evaluation.

Program Cost

This international program will depart January 5 from Kalispell, Montana, to San Jose, Costa Rica at 7 a.m. and return to Kalispell January 17 at 9 a.m. This program costs $3,063, which includes airfare from Kalispell to San Jose Costa Rica, lodging, ground and water transportation, all meals (except flight layovers and two lunches during transports), residence at biological research centers, national park entrance fees, educational workshops and lectures, day excursions, Cano Island day tour, naturalistic guides, a research project and FVCC faculty facilitation. Tuition and fees for the required Field Botany class are not included in the program cost. A $500 deposit is due October 3, 2014 in order to reserve a space in the program. The deposit is non-refundable after the due date. A final balance of $2,500 is due November 21, 2014. The final balance is refundable up to November 26, 2014 (Refund excludes the $500 deposit.) Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate without a parent. Financial aid is applicable to trip and credit costs for qualifying students. For financial aid information, contact Financial Aid Director Cindy Keifer at 756-3843 or This program is open to anyone interested and willing to participate in the field botany course. Payments are to be made to the FVCC Business Office.

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5 scholarships of $ 500 each and financial aid are available.


Not Included In Program Cost

FVCC course tuition and fees, two transport day lunches, airport meals, Costa Rica airport departure tax ($30), gifts and souvenirs, personal snacks, airport luggage fees, extra activities outside the itinerary, tips for local guides and transports to and from Kalispell Airport.

For more information, please contact Mirabai McCarthy at (406) 756-3624 or

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