SJP students visit Costa Rica and Panama

SJP students and faculty members had the opportunity of visiting Costa Rica and Panama through EF Tours this summer! 

The group traveled to Costa Rica and Panama– they were in the Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica for 3 days, 2 days in the Arenal region, 1 night in San Jose, and Panama City for 5 days in Panama. 

There was STEM/biology work involved in the trip. The group participated in a "Beach Clean Up" one day where students used an app to track items collected. Then, using typical materials that are collected (newspapers and plastic bottles), the organization SJP worked with showed our students how to make typical Panamanian crafts with the materials.

The next day they went on two hikes with a biologist from Panama and a translator that was also a biologist. They did a morning hike and a night hike. Students were exposed to a lot of frogs, insects, and interesting plants, especially on the night hike. Other activities our students indulged in were zip lining and white water rafting. They saw many animals in the wild such as: howler and capuchin monkeys, toucans, green macaw (endangered), sloths, agoutis, and a coati. 

We are happy our SJP community had the adventure of a lifetime! Thank you to Ms. Hughes and Mrs. Carroll for guiding our students.