Ignacio (Nacho)Ignacio (Nacho) EscorriolaDirector of EducationNacho (short for Ignacio) is a born and raised Costa Rican who has been interested andinvolved in the natural sciences since he was a child. Even though he grew up in SanJose, (the capital city located in the Central Valley), his access to two oceans provided theperfect inspiration to become the marine biologist he is today. Nacho comes to ScholasticExpeditions with a vast and varied background in outdoor science education. He hasworked for over 20 years as an Environmental Consultant and Environmental Educator.He has performed numerous services in both tourism and with rural communities doingCommunity Development Projects. Nacho has led and continues to lead students onprograms throughout his country’s many ecosystems. He loves his job as it unites hisduel passions for teaching ecology and his beloved Costa Rica!Nacho creates and develops all Scholastic Expeditions hands-on curriculum and trainsour guides on any necessary methodologies.In his spare time, he enjoys photography and being outdoors with his family hiking,mountain biking, and participating in waters sports.Education:• 1982-1988 – Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology from Universidad Nacional,Heredia, Cost Rica• 1987-1988 – Student Exchange Program with East Carolina University• 1988-1991 – Masters of Science -Marine Biology from University of North Carolina• 1991-1992 – International Development Policies Graduate Program, Duke UniversityNorth Carolina• 1999-2001 – Masters of Science - Interdisciplinary Ecology from University of Floridathrough a Fulbright Scholarship• 2001-current – Ph. D in progress “Freshwater Wetlands”
Itinerary DAY ONE • Dinner & Hotel Check-In • Group met by Scholastic Expeditions upon arrival in Costa Rica. DAY FOUR • Drive to Arenal…Orientation Dinner & Hotel Check-In • Breakfast • **Optional red-eye flight which will allow for tour of Poas • Monteverde Canopy Tour Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens Students will zip line through the cloud forest for an exhilaratingDAY TWO once in a lifetime experience! • Breakfast • Lunch • Arenal Volcano National Park • Butterfly Garden Students will hike through the lava flows of this active volcano Students spend the afternoon learning about all of the different and participate in activities that allow them to become species of butterflies and the adaptations each has made. volcanologists for the day! • Leisure time in beautiful Santa Elana • Lunch • Dinner • Community Service or Eco-Farm DAY FIVE Visit with Costa Rican students at a local school. Learn about • Breakfast & Hotel Check-Out their culture and their day to day living and learning • ECMAR environments. Alternatively, students will work on an eco-farm Student participant in a mangrove tour along the Tempiske River. and learn about sustainable farming. • Lunch • Dinner • Las Pumas • Arenal Volcanic Hot Springs An animal rescue and rehabilitation center. This non-profit center Spend the evening relaxing in the natural hot springs. will show the different stages of rehabilitation animals go • Nighttime volcanic observation through to be reintroduced back to the wild.DAY THREE • Dinner & Hotel Check-In • Breakfast & Hotel Check-Out DAY SIX • White Water Rafting • Breakfast & Hotel Check-Out This is an amazing experience that allows them to traverse • Palo Verde National Park through several different ecosystems while viewing Costa Rican Students will participate in on-going scientific activities being run wildlife along the banks of the river. by university students and biologists at the Palo Verde ranger • Lunch in Tilaran station. It’s a bird watcher’s paradise! Enjoy an opportunity to spend time with local Costa Ricans in a • Lunch quaint town on the banks of Lake Arenal. • Depart for Tamarindo • Depart for Monteverde Boat ride across Lake Arenal • Dinner & Hotel Check-In • Frog Pond DAY SEVEN Students will view famous species of frogs and learn about the • Breakfast adaptations each has made to thrive in their specific • Marine Biology Activity environment.
Itinerary • Students collect specimens and data on the beach and then analyze and present their findings to their peers. • Lunch • Surf Lessons Students get to take surf lessons in this surfer’s paradise and learn how to "hang 10" • Farewell DinnerDAY EIGHT • Breakfast & Hotel Check-Out • Depart for home
Academic PointsWater and Soil Testing at 5 locations throughout the country. Five about how a Wildlife Rescue Center works and what socio-economicsites in 5 different ecological zones (i.e. tropical forest, dry tropical and political realities affect habitat destruction.forest, brackish waters, etc.). Comparison and analysis of the dataand presentation of ﬁndings at the end of the trip. Community ServiceMonteverde Butterﬂy Gardens Programs Numerous projects available. Here is some options of whatOffers lab where students get to work with a variety of insects and students do: reforestation, painting School Grounds, Communityarachnids. Typical lab is where students will divide into groups and Centers, building infrastructure, working in children’s or elderlyeach group will get either a group of ants, butterﬂies, cockroaches centers, assisting in various groups, i.e. Women groups that needor spiders. Depending on level of group and preparation, students help harvesting medicinal plants and packing them, Tilapia farms,give each other presentations that cover roles of bugs in their eco- preparing vegetables at school grounds etc.system and the potential for human interference. Manuel Antonio National ParkMonteverde Forest Research Possibilities Beach/Rocky Shore Organisms Survey: with equipment perform aTree Measurement Project: comparison of tree density between a scientiﬁc survey of small aquatic organisms here. Possiblecloud forest and other regions visited. Contrast forested areas with comparison to Monteverde results.protected and hypothesize reasons for any variances discovered. Discussion of Biological Corridors Project, National Park History andDiscussions on Golden Frog extinction. Numerous research or its role in the Costa Rican Conservation Efforts, discussion of CR’ssuggested topics students can participate in, i.e. role of biological Conservation Area System, ER’s Environmental Education Efforts andadaptations, habitat loss, conservation measures, etc. Results, how Scarlet Macaw and /or Squirrel Monkey Studies are conducted in a Protected Area and Buffer zones, how dolphin andFreshwater Organisms Survey (aquatic insects) of small streams in whale research is conducted in CR, and marine and shore birdMonteverde and perhaps other water bodies visited. studies are done. Depending on season, Turtle walk may beLos Pumas Rescue Center possible or Turtle Night Patrol in Playa Rey with Local Ministry of the Environment and other NGO officials.Learn about Threatened and Endangered Wildlife Species such as :Gray Fox, White-faced Monkey, Scarlet Macaw, and 5 of the 6 CostaRican Feline Species: Ocelot, Jaguarondi, Margay, Puma and Jaguar,all of which are present at the Los Pumas Rescue Center. Learn also
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