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WE BELIEVE IN ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION TO INSPIRE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS AROUND THE WORLD, IGNITE CRITICAL THINKING AND CREATE CHANGEMAKERS.

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Take an educational journey with our Sea Turtle Science Series Story Maps on ArcGIS. Scroll through our self-paced mini-course on sea turtles with interactive elements, videos, worksheets, and more! Target age: 10 years old or 5th grade. Choose between English or Spanish versions.
We believe in accessible education to inspire environmental stewards around the world, to ignite critical thinking and create changemakers. On this page, you will find all of our multi-media educational resources (also immersive educational experiences, freely-accessible, in English and Spanish).
COLLECT DATA & PROTECT OUR PLANET
We believe engaging our community is the best way to inspire environmental protection and empower sustainable stewards. Become a community scientist by contributing real data that will help scientists protect our planet. Get the apps!

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

ENVIRONMENT • SUSTAINABILITY • EDUCATION

WCA EDUCATION CREATES
CHANGEMAKERS
MAPPING GLOBAL REEF HABITATS WITH ALLEN CORAL ATLAS
OUR COLLABORATION WITH ALLEN CORAL ATLAS TO MAP GLOBAL REEF HABITATS IN A GLOBAL INITIATIVE
Seventy percent of the world's population depends on our ocean as a main source of food. A quarter of fish species depend on coral reef habitat for their survival. We collaborated with Allen Coral Atlas in their global initiative to map global coral reef habitats.To learn about the state of Ostional's coral reef habitat, we have mapped our reef habitat to inform the management and conservation of our coral reef ecosystems. Watch our video to learn about this vital collaboration.
MONITORING OCEAN TEMPERATURES IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A BACKGROUND THAT MAKES ME FAMILIAR WITH CONSERVATION ISSUES, THIS COURSE REALLY HELPED ME RECONSTRUCT DEFINITIONS FOR WORDS SUCH AS SUSTAINABILITY, TOURISM, AND CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE IN WAYS THAT WERE MORE HOLISTIC AND INTERDISCIPLINARY.

—ASTON ASBURY, MASTER'S STUDENT

PRIMATE BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY, WASHINGTON, USA

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OUR CAUSE

Our work is made possible by generous donors. Donate to the cause and help us ensure a sustainable future for the Ostional Refuge.

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& MEMBERSHIPS

Join us to make a difference through a individual or family membership or institutional partnership. Become a change maker now!

WCA AMAZON
WISH LIST

Donate with an in-kind donation from our amazon wishlist. Pack it in your suitcase. Contact us when you arrive. Donate locally too!

Become a WCA Field Scout or WCA Trailblazer. Report your Observations on iNaturalist.
Help us collect observations of flora and fauna at the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding area. When you report your observations on iNaturalist, you’ll automatically contribute to our knowledge and the protection of this special place. Join our project to get updates and compete with top observers in the area!
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WCA EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES
WCA EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, TALKS, AND CLASSES 

We offer customized educational activities, talks, and classes where you will get the unique opportunity to learn first-hand from a National Geographic Explorer. Topics covered include sea turtles, the arribada phenomenon, wildlife and marine monitoring, science and technology, water quality, community conservation, sustainable development and tourism. Available for students and life-learners of all ages. Contact us now to get a quote and start your educational journey. Starting at $150 per activity, private and group rates available. 
SEA TURTLES
EDUCATIONAL
EXPERIENCES
EDUCATIONAL
CONTENT
COMMUNITY
SCIENCE
SEA TURTLES
WATER QUALITY
BIODIVERSITY
MARINE LIFE
COMMUNITY SCIENCE
VIRTUAL FIELD SCHOOL
CERTIFICATE COURSE
“Sustainable Communities & Environmental Change in Latin America”
Join us to take part in this innovative Virtual Field School and learn from experts whose work with local communities across Latin America has been funded by the National Geographic Society.
 
This certificate course is an interdisciplinary social science and humanities field school aimed at both the university student and life-learner alike. It is for those interested in sustainable development, nature conservation, and socioecological change.
 
This course offers seminars, virtual field-trips, and one-to-one mentorship by field experts across Latin America. It will give you an inside look at critical development and conservation issues, while supporting local communities and grassroots non-profit organizations.

Want to learn more? Watch the Virtual Field School trailer below or watch it on YouTube.
WCA EDUCATIONAL CONTENT
WCA TOURS
THOUSANDS OF
TURTLES TOURS

Duration: 2 hrs (tour times vary, start times typically 5–7 am or 3–8 pm)
 

Meeting Point: your hotel or vacation rental
 

Price: $150 flat fee + $35 per person (8 max) 

Join us on an awe-inspiring educational experience to witness thousands of turtles nesting at Ostional. Local guide, community fund donation, taxes and fees are included. Book now and we'll take care of the rest. 

What’s included: 
Meet an expert, local guide, informational leaflet, certificate, reusable bag, sticker, community fund donation, taxes and fees are included. Personal headsets available upon request.

BLUE SEAS TOURS:
HALF DAY BOAT EXPEDITION

Duration: 4 hrs (8 am –12 pm or 2–6 pm)
 

Meeting Point: Pilos Bar, Playa Garza
 

Price: $550 flat rate (up to 10 people)

 

Go on a boat expedition with National Geographic explorer and marine biologist Dr. Vanessa Bezy. Have the opportunity to observe sea turtles mating and swimming in the open ocean, as well as other marine life such as dolphins and rays, stop at a shipwreck to snorkel and learn about coral reef ecosystems.


Whats included: 
Meet an expert, drinks, snacks, snorkels, fins, comfortable boat with bathroom and shade, laminated educational sheets and field guides.

DIVE DEEPER EXPEDITIONS:
CUSTOM MULTI-DAY PACKAGE

Duration: 3 days
 

Meeting Point: your hotel or vacation rental
 

Price: starting from $245 per person for a group of 10 people

 

Dive deeper with our immersive 3-day Dive Deeper Expedition at The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Head out on a boat excursion to observe sea turtles and marine life in the ocean. Snorkel and learn about coral reef ecosystems. Visit a sea turtle hatchery. Witness the arribadas—a year-round simultaneous sea turtle nesting event. Experience pura vida (pure life) with Costa Rican lunch and dinner. Plus more!

 

Contact us to create your customized package and get a quote!

SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

Duration: 2 hrs
 

Meeting Point: Olga's Bar, Playa Pelada
 

Meeting Time: 7–9 AM
 

Price: $30 kids / $45 adults

Learn first-hand what it’s like to be a sea turtle scientist! Meet Dr. Vanessa Bezy, a National Geographic Explorer and sea turtle biologist with ten years of experience working in the area. Then set out for a walk on the beach to look for sea turtles, learn how to identify turtle tracks, and learn how to collect data from a life-size model of a sea turtle and mock-nest. 

What’s included:

Meet an expert, life-sized sea turtle model, training and all materials and supplies to collect data

NATURE TOUR

Duration: 2 hrs
 

Meeting Point: North entrance to Playa Pelada
 

Meeting Time: 7–9 AM
 

Price: $30 kids / $45 adults

Explore local trails, learn all about the tropical dry forest ecosystem, find and identify creatures in the jungle. Take a walk through the jungle along local trails. Learn about our camera trap study and how you can contribute scientific data by submitting observations on the iNaturalist app. Wildlife Photographer Carlos Clemente will document the entire experience and share photos with you.

What’s included: Species guides, binoculars, photography

WATER QUALITY
MONITORING EXPERIENCE

Duration: 2 hrs
 

Meeting Point: your hotel or vacation rental

Meeting Time: 12–2 PM
 

Price: $30 kids/$45 adults

Join us to learn all about the local watershed and our water quality program with this hands-on activity. Follow along as we visit several locations, watch a demonstration of our procedure, and collect a water sample yourself. Then, we’ll visit our lab to prepare the samples for incubation. You’ll get the results of our analysis the next day!

What’s included:

Meet an expert, supplies and materials, training, lab visit, and results

SEA TURTLE
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
REPORT SEA TURTLES
SIGHTINGS
SEA TURTLE
SCIENCE SERIES
SCIENCE &
TECHNOLOGY SERIES
OLIVE RIDLEY
SEA TURTLE FLYER
LIGHTS OUT
CAMPAIGN
WATER QUALITY
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
WATER QUALITY
PROGRAM STORY MAPS
WASTE WATER
GUIDE
WATER QUALITY
RESULTS
BLUE WATER
TASK FORCE
WATER QUALITY
VIDEOS
WATER QUALITY
QUIZ
SEPTIC INSPECTION
CHECK LIST
NOSARA WASTE WATER
TREATMENT OPTIONS
 WCA BIODIVERSITY
PROGRAM & RESOURCES
BIODIVERSITY
PROGRAM
OCEAN-FRIENDLY
GUIDE
WILDLIFE ID
GUIDE
PRINTABLE COLORING
PAGES
SPECIES SPOTLIGHT
VIDEOS
iNATURALIST
PROJECT
Learn about sea turtles with 3D Models by SketchFab's DigitalLife3D. Zoom in and pan around in 360 degrees to learn more about sea turtle anatomy, forelimb kinematics, and motor patterns of swimming.
BECOME A WCA COMMUNITY SCIENTIST
iNATURALIST
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SEEK
APP
MERLIN BIRD
ID APP
eBIRD
APP
MARINE DEBRIS
TRACKER
NATURE'S
NOTEBOOK
ZOONIVERSE
APP
GLOBE OBSERVER
APP
MARINE LIFE
COMMUNITY SCIENCE
BIODIVERSITY
WATER QUALITY
OUR COLLABORATION WITH SOFAR OCEAN & AQUALINK TO MONITOR OCEAN TEMPERATURES IN A GLOBAL INITIATIVE
Collecting data is critical to improve our understanding of the impact climate change and rising temperatures have on our oceans. We know little about the temperature below the surface, where warming waters have a greater impact on marine ecosystem health. We deployed a marine buoy at the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica to monitor oceanographic and atmospheric conditions.