Three Cotter students and one teacher joined other students and teachers from St. Louis, Missouri traveled to Costa Rica from June 1st through June 9th to learn more about biodiversity and to work with Leatherback Sea Turtles as part of the ecology prgram with Ecology Project International. Students included Mackaylee Kohner '20, Ellie Hutmacher '19, and Riley McGill '18 along with Cotter science teacher Tammy Drazkowski.
The trip included time at the Tirimbina Rainforest exploring the different animals, hiking along suspension bridges and learning about Costa Rican culture. The group also patrolled the beach at the Pacuare Reserve at night to collect data on nesting Leatherback Sea Turtles. They assisted with the excavation and release of hatchling turtles and research. The group was also able to enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the water.
Another part of the trip included a visit to Bueno Vista and CATIE University where some of the best sustainable agriculture research is currently happening. Students and teachers learned a lot and had a wonderful time. Mrs. Drazkowski said, "We take the trip every two years, and I never get tired of it. The students learn so much and have a great time."