The science exchange trip is an annual high school trip to Monteverde, Costa Rica. The purpose of the trip is two fold. First and foremost the trip is an opportunity for students at Estes Park High School to become educated about the Monteverde cloud and rain forest ecosystems. The second component of the trip is immersion in Costa Rican culture and Spanish language. Students attending the exchange spend 10 days in the ecological preserves of Monteverde learning about the unique cloud and rainforest ecosystems. While on the trip students considered an overarching science question “What specific adaptations have organisms developed to survive in the Rocky Mountain and Montverde ecosystems?” After drawing comparisons to ecosystems in Rocky Mountain National Park and Monteverde, the students distilled their observations and experiences into presentation. On the final day of the trip our students made their presentation to park officials, city government staff, and Monteverde students.

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