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Costa Rica's Natural Heritage with MSU Professor Dr. Alan Prather

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Photo of Costa Rica's Natural Heritage with MSU Professor Dr. Alan Prather

In this small, nature-kissed Central American democracy, discover staggering biodiversity in four distinct regions, from cloud forest to rainforest, from Central Valley to Pacific Coast.  See Poás Volcano, one of the world’s largest craters, and learn about Costa Rica’s prized export at the Doka Coffee Estate.  During a three-night stay in the Arenal region, enjoy magnificent views of Arenal Volcano.  Visit the remarkable Ecocentro Danaus Biological Reserve.  Meet children at a local elementary school, and experience the rainforest from canopy level on a Hanging Bridges walk.  Continuing on to the amazingly diverse Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, explore this “green cathedral.”  Spend three final nights relaxing at a beautiful beachfront resort in Guanacaste, and take a Tempisque River “floating safari.”  Discover more ecological wonders with a 4-day/3-night Tortuguero National Park pre-tour option.  

*MSU Host ~ Dr. Alan Prather

Alan Prather (PhD, University of Texas, 1995) joined MSU’s faculty in 1997 and is an Associate Professor and Director of the MSU Herbarium in the Department of Plant Biology. He studies plant systematics, the evolution of pollination systems, and the evolution of chromosome duplications. He has described several new species in the Phlox and Mint families and has traveled through many of the mountainous regions of Central and South America in search of more. He has hosted four trips with the MSU Alumni Association: a tour to the Amazon in 2009, Floriade tour in Holland & Belgium in 2012, the Chelsea flower Show in 2014, and the Galapagos and Machu Picchu in 2015.   

*A minimum number of participants is required to send the faculty host.