Deadline to sign up for spring Costa Rica trip to study environmental sustainability is Nov. 22

A group of KCC employees pose on a farm in Costa Rica.

Kellogg Community College invites the public to join science faculty and students on an immersive study abroad experience to study environmental sustainability in Costa Rica this spring.

The trip, offered as part of the College’s SCIE 299: Field Experience course running this spring at KCC, will run March 29 through April 7, spanning KCC’s Spring Break.

The trip will include visits to a live volcano, waterfall gardens, Caribbean beaches and a rainforest. The bulk of the studies will be conducted at EARTH University, where several KCC employees visited in April 2016 to learn about the institution’s sustainable agriculture and ag education models.

Participants will explore ways to improve human welfare, increase productivity and reduce environmental impacts, attending lectures on topics including conventional versus organic agriculture; sustainability principles; measuring carbon footprints; and waste management.

Click here for a full trip itinerary.


Individuals interested in participating in KCC’s Costa Rica trip this spring must fill out an application, including proof of a passport, by Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Math and Science Department offices in room 105 of the Schwarz Science Building, on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. A $200 deposit is also due Nov. 22 to reserve a space on the trip.

Costa Rica trip participants must also be KCC students who register for the course SCIE 299: Field Experience by Friday, Dec. 1. The course runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 26 through April 27. Current KCC students may register for the course as they would any other; new students must apply to KCC online at before they can sign up for the course.

The total cost of the trip is $2,449, which includes all transportation to and from KCC, all overnight stays, scheduled group activities and most meals; the cost does not include the cost of the two credit hours required for SCIE 299.

For more information, contact KCC Math and Science Chair Carole Davis at 269-660-2342 or