Nine Sandia Prep students traveled to Costa Rica over spring break to work with Ecology Project International (EPI.) EPI empowers the world's youth to take an active role in conservation while increasing ecological literacy.
Over nine days, students worked with research assistants along the Caribbean coast at the Pacuare Nature Reserve, studying leatherback and green turtles. They measured leatherback turtles' shell length and width as they laid and buried eggs on the beach. One leatherback came in at a whopping 1.5 meters long!
For the second half of their trip, students headed to the Tirimbina Rainforest Center in north central Costa Rica, an educational, scientific, and ecotourism destination, where the group experienced splendid flora and fauna. Students also performed their own research projects.