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  • Locations: Granada, Nicaragua; Managua, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English NC State Students Only: No
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 0 no minimum language requirement Additional Requirements: None
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Group Click here for a definition of this term College or Unit: College of Natural Resources
High Impact, Experiential Opportunities: Research or Field Work Opportunities Duration: Short Term
Click here for a definition of this term Provider: NC State
Program Description:
Nicaragua- Trop. Wildlife
Tentatively Scheduled to Run Again in Spring 2020.
Study in Nicaragua and embark upon an educational tour of tropical ecosystems. Stay on a shade-grown coffee plantation. See over 200 bird species and capture birds and bats in mist nests. Learn about shade-grown coffee, local cultures, and the importance of nature based tourism. View wildlife during a sunset boat ride, search for nocturnal animals and climb the rim of a volcano.

Class discussions will center on the relationship between human influences and tropical forest ecosystems. Undergraduate students will enroll in FW 405 and Graduate students will enroll in FW 595. There will be required meetings on campus before departure to Nicaragua.

  • Courses
    • FW 405: Tropical Wildlife Ecology in Nicaragua or FW 595: Tropical Wildlife Ecology in Nicaragua (for Graduate students)
  • NC State Program Cost
    • $3,710 
    • See Budget Sheet for total estimated cost of attendance
  • Program Dates
    • March 2 - 12, 2018
  • Locations
    • Various locations throughout Nicaragua including Granada, Managua, and Finca Esperanza Verde
  • Contact
    • Dr. Chris Moorman
  • Eligibility
    • 2.5+ GPA
    • Not on active disciplinary probation
    • Not on Academic Integrity Probation currently or during the prior semester
During the course, and the field trip abroad, students will learn about tropical wildlife and will have an opportunity to visit the permanent bird banding station at Finca Esperanza Verde (Green Hope Farm) outside of San Ramon, Nicaragua. The course is offered through a partnership among EcoQuest Travels, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and NC State University. Students will participate in collection of long-term data on bird use of a shade-grown coffee plantation.  

Students are able to describe key processes and attributes of tropical ecosystems.
Students are able to identify primary threats to conservation of wildlife in Central American countries like Nicaragua.
Students are able to describe sustainable approaches to reduce or mitigate negative effects of human activities on tropical wildlife
Students area able to characterize the role that the United States and other historical influences have played in shaping current Nicaraguan culture.

Bird Banding
Night Hikes and Tropical Forest Study
Wildlife Observation and Identification
Touring of Shade-grown Coffee Plantation
Folk Music, Dancing, Local Foods
San Ramon Artisan Center, Library, and Bakery
Tours of Volcanoes
Boat Tour of Lake Nicaragua 

 Nicaraguan History and Politics
Tropical Forest Ecology
Importance of Shade-grown Coffee
Avian Ecology and Sampling
Keystone Species in the Tropics
Nature-based Tourism in a Developing Country  

Morning hikes and field tours
3 half-day bird banding periods
Discussions with local guides and government officials
Cultural events
Evening discussions and compare daily journal notes

Finca Esperanza Verde is a shade-coffee plantation and developing ecotourism center. Located in the central highlands of Matagalpa Province, the Finca straddles an area where both Caribbean slope and Pacific slope fauna come together. Because of this convergence, bird diversity is high, and includes over 20 species of wintering neotropical migrants, making the Finca an ideal location for a permanent banding station. The Finca has a rustic but nice accommodation and terrific Nicaraguan food. In 2005, the Finca won Smithsonian Magazine's Sustainable Tourism Award.

Overnight accommodations for one half of the program will be at the lodge at Finca Esperanza Verde. This is a clean, barracks-style facility that provides electricity and running water. Also, participants will stay overnight at a hotel in Granada for one night, at Santa Maria de Ostuma for two nights, and at Montibelli Nature Reserve near Managua for two nights. 


Friday, March 2: Raleigh to Managua, Nicaragua and on to Montibelli
Saturday, March 3: Montibelli Private Reserve
Sunday, March 4: Montibelli and on to Granada and Volcan Mombacho
Monday, March 5: Lake Nicaragua and on to Finca Esperanza Verde
Tuesday, March 6: Finca Esperanza Verde - Birds and Other Wildlife
Wednesday, March 7: Finca Esperanza Verde - Bird Banding
Thursday, March 8: La Escalera and San Ramon
Friday, March 9: Finca Bird Banding and on to Santa Maria de Ostuma
Saturday, March 10: Selva Negra and Santa Maria de Ostuma
Sunday, March 11: Ostuma to Managua
Monday, March 12: Departure for the US

A passport valid for at least 6 months after arrival is required for travel in Nicaragua. No visa is required.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.