Costa Rica Teen Camp

Join us for a camp week in Costa Rica where we will explore the biology and conservation of neotropical species.  

Costa Rica Teen Camp will run every two years.  The next scheduled date is July 26-August 1, 2024.

2024 Registration is OPEN!

Designed for ages 15-20 years old.

Join this Hog Island Audubon Camp camp session heading to Costa Rica! This camp includes trips to La Selva Biological Station, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Bogarin Nature Reserve, and a night program at Tirimbina Biological Station. Arenal Observatory Lodge and Selva Verde Lodge will serve as our base camps as we partake in evening lectures by local bird guides and biologists and night hikes into the tropical forest. Selva Verde is located 2 hours from San Jose and comprises 500 acres of rainforest. Similar to our Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens week on Hog Island, campers will participate in hikes and birding excursions during the days and enjoy evening lectures. An emphasis will be placed on research efforts, conservation and biology of neotropical bird species.

Selva Verde is home to more than 300 bird species and 120 mammal species. Some highlights of the biodiversity of this region include Great Green Macaws, Mantled Howler Monkeys, Keel-billed Toucans, Red-eyed Treefrogs, antbirds and many more.

Price of program: $2575, which includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Costa Rica, all lodging, meals, and bird trips. Staff includes an Audubon staff member that has Wilderness First Responder certification, plus over 15 years of experience working with youth of all ages and another skilled birder that has experience with youth will be added.

Audubon Chapters and Bird Clubs, please contact us by email if you are considering sponsoring a teen, we do have special incentives.

Trip Leaders:
Eva Matthews Lark, Hog Island Program Manager & Instructor

View past articles and bird reports:
Read about the 2016 trip including photos and interviews of the teens.
Meet the Birds of Selva Verde Lodge.

2021 eBird Trip Report
2019 eBird Trip Report
2016 eBird Trip Report

NOTE: Audubon reserves the right to alter itineraries, instructors and particular arrangements, or to substitute similar itineraries or arrangements, at no penalty. If Audubon cancels a session, it will issue full refunds of all deposits or payments to the paid participants.

2024 is OPEN for registration!
2019 Teen Camp group photo at La Selva Biological Station
Laughing Falcon Photo: Jack Parlapiano
Mantled Howler Monkey Photo: Eva Matthews
Yellow-throated Toucan Photo: Sam Miller
2016 Tropical Teen Camp Reforestation Project, Costa Rica
White-whiskered Puffbird Drawing Photo: Joshua Ward
Lesser Violetear Photo: Sam Miller
Red-eyed Leaf Frog Photo: Sam Miller
Prong-billed Barbet Photo: Ryan Andrews
Birding at La Selva Biological Station Photo: Eva Lark

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