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Main Sites

  1. Tirimbina Biological Reserve
  2. Mistico Park and the Wellness Park
  3. Punta Islita Wild Macaw Reserve
  4. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  5. Santa Rosa and Rincon de la Vieja National Parks

Typical view of the cloud forest in Monteverde

Arenal Volcano crowns Costa Rica’s principal adventure tourism region in La Fortuna

Worldwide Evolution of Protected Areas Seen in Costa Rica

In Collaboration with the University of Montana

Read About the Course Experience

Costa Rica | Jan 3-14, 2024

4 Credits

Course Size: 15 Students

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There may be no better place than Costa Rica to both glimpse protected area evolution throughout the world as well as hold a study abroad program on this topic given the variety of protected area management regimes in such a small, easily accessible, tourist-friendly country with a storied park history.

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, with its eco-tourism garnering much deserved attention. Its biodiversity is due to its rich combination of lush rain forests, mountains, volcanoes, and coastal plains. Located in Central America, the country enjoys coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. "Pura Vida" is a common phrase, meaning a way of life that is focused on happiness, optimism, and living life to the fullest.

Other Resources

CIA World Factbook: Costa Rica

State Department on Travel in Costa Rica

The Tico Times (Costa Rica's largest and oldest English language newspaper)



Jon is founding director of the PUP Consortium. Since 1997 he and PUP have a long history in innovating holistic approaches to heritage planning, visitor or public use management in protected areas, and heritage interpretation in particular. He co-authored with Dr. Stephen McCool PUP’s foundational book that applies Integral Theory to heritage planning. He has many years of experience in heritage interpretation and tourism management in protected areas as well as being a writer on these topics (see his ResearchGate profile). He earned his degrees at Dartmouth College and the Yale University School of the Environment. Jon is also a dual citizen in the US and Costa Rica where he lives with his family and teaches at the University of Costa Rica.


Jenn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Society and Conservation at the University of Montana and serves as the Director of the Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management Program. Her research focuses on protected area management, sustainable tourism, outdoor recreation, and large landscape conservation. Jenn has worked on many projects in the Crown of the Continent including visitor use management for Glacier National Park, Flathead River System, and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. She has also worked on stakeholder collaboration for transboundary conservation and hopes to expand her work in the Crown of the Continent.


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