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 • Breakfast DAY ONE • Monteverde Canopy Tour • Group is met by Scholastic Expeditions upon arrival in Costa Students will zip line through the cloud forest for an exhilarating Rica. once in a lifetime experience! • Drive to Arenal...Orientation Dinner & Hotel Check-In • Lunch • **Optional red-eye flight which will allow for tour of Poas • Butterfly Garden Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens Students spend the afternoon learning about all of the differentDAY TWO species of butterflies as well as the adaptations each has made. • Breakfast • Leisure time in beautiful Santa Elana • Arenal Volcano National Park • Dinner Students will hike through the lava flows of this active volcano DAY FIVE and participate in activities that allow them to become • Breakfast & Hotel Check-Out Depart for Manuel Antonio volcanologists for the day! • ECMAR • Lunch Student participant in a mangrove tour along the Tempiske River. • Community Service or Eco-Farm • Lunch Visit with Costa Rican students at a local school. Learn about • Rainmaker Plantation their culture and their day to day living and learning Students embark on an exhilarating tour of a private rain forest environments. Alternatively, students will work on an eco-farm complete with hanging bridges and natural swimming holes. and learn about sustainable farming. • Arrive in Manuel Antonio…Dinner & Hotel Check-In • Dinner DAY SIX • Arenal Volcanic Hot Springs • Breakfast Spend the evening relaxing in the natural hot springs. • Manuel Antonio National Park • Nighttime volcanic observation Students hike through this spectacular park looking for theDAY THREE multitude of native flora and fauna that call this park home. • Breakfast & Hotel Check-Out Depart for Monteverde Boat across • Lunch Lake Arenal • Snorkel tour • Lunch in Tilaran Embark on an afternoon dinner cruise to snorkel near the reefs • Enjoy an opportunity to spend time with local Costa Ricans in a and explore the marine life. On most trips, you will see dolphins quaint town on the banks of Lake Arenal. swimming in the boats wake as well as dolphins feeding on the • Dinner & Hotel Check-In amazing California Flying Fish! • Frog Pond • Dinner Students view all of the famous species of frogs and learn about DAY SEVEN the adaptations each has made to thrive in their specific • Breakfast & Hotel Check-Out environment. • White Water RaftingDAY FOUR • This is an amazing experience that allows them to traverse
Itinerary through several different ecosystems while viewing Costa Rican wildlife along the banks of the river.• Lunch• Depart for San Jose, Costa Rica• Farewell Dinner & Hotel Check-InDAY EIGHT• Breakfast & Hotel Check-Out• Time permitting, visit museums & historical sites• 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
Sunsets• Just another great reason to come to Costa Rica!
Make it Happen!• Contact your supervising teacher or Susan Schai at (831) 440-1041• The adventure of a lifetime awaits you!
How to Register• Two part process: 1. Sign up online at scholasticexpeditions.org 2. Send deposit of $250 to: • 5601 Scotts Valley Dr. Ste. 313 Scotts Valley, CA 95066• And you’re all set!