Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.02
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
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State University of New York at Cortland
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Beth Klein
Campus Sustainability Coordinato
Early Childhood Education
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:

REC 478 – Expeditionary Learning Practicum

Opportunities for development of leadership skills, outdoor recreation skills, social and environmental responsibility, and cultural awareness through outdoor adventure/education pursuits. Understanding will come through shared challenging outdoor experiential learning tasks in a contrasting and dynamic environment. (1-3 cr. hr.)

This 10-day intensive study-abroad experience provides students with the opportunity to engage in a Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound course with an emphasis on cross-cultural aspects of international adventure/eco-tourism and environmental conservation.

Accompanied by bilingual instructors, participants will trek through tropical alpine tundra, enjoy a farm stay with a local ‘Tico’ family in the rainforest mountains, hand harvest and process sugar cane, rappel down a waterfall, try your hand at surfing and finish the course with a two-day sea turtle conservation project.

Two bi-lingual native Costa Rican instructors will accompany the group sharing unique knowledge of the species, habitat, and cultural characteristics of the area. Opportunities to discuss equity issues and the cost/benefits of eco-tourism are included in the experience. All instruction is in English, but there will be ample opportunity to practice the native language. Previous wilderness/backcountry experience is not required.

This is an embedded study abroad experience led by Dr. Amy Shellman, Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies, SUNY Cortland. Students will be required to attend class during second quarter of fall term and participate in the culminating experience abroad in Costa Rica.

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