Costa Rican Resource strives to educate students about our ecosystems and the symbiotic relationship we all have with nature. At the same time we are committed to having the lowest impact possible on the environment, promoting awareness of conservation while directly impacting the economic development of local communities and respect for different cultures and human rights. Students traveling with Costa Rican Resource will be exposed to a vast amount of information while enjoying our eco-adventures. The following is a short list of some of the topics students will be exposed to. We call them the CRR Standards.

I. Biodiversity

Students will understand the vast amount of biodiversity on the planet.

  • They will understand the difference between ecosystems and the biodiversity within each.
  • They will be able to report and identify causes of biodiversity.
  • They will be able to analyze the future of ecosystems and biodiversity.

II. Climate

Students will understand the impact of climate change on different ecosystems.

  • Students will be able to identify causes of climate change (350).
  • Students will be able to list environmental issues and their relationship to climate change as well as declining ecosystems.
  • Students will develop one (1) strategy to implement at home.

III. Water

Students will understand the value of fresh water and its limits.

  • Students will understand the relationship between the water cycle and all life.
  • Students will classify and list fresh water sources, their benefits and threats to fresh water.
  • Students will compose a creative water conservation plan.

IV. Food

Students will understand the importance of how food is produced and its influence on their health and global market.

  • Students will be able to identify fresh types of foods and concludetaking care of nature leads to taking care of our food supply.
  • Students will realize the relationship between mistreatment of nature and illness, famine, starvation, death, and war.
  • Students will discriminate between good agriculture practices and bad ones (monoculture).
  • Students will assess their own food/eating habits (consumerism).

V. Health

p Students will understand the relationship between our natural ecosystems and our health.

  • Students will name benefits of nature to our health.
  • Students will identify how symbiotic relationships produce healthy ecosystems.
  • Students will develop one (1) new healthy habit.

VI. Cultural Diversity

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of another culture.

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Students will predict why people may do things differently.
  • Students will be able to identify and prioritize cultural values.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast cultural differences.

VII.Language

Students will experience communication in a different language.

  • Students will engage in conversations, provide and obtain information in Spanish.
  • Students will express feelings and emotions in Spanish.
  • Students will understand and interpret written and spoken Spanish.
  • Students use the language both within and beyond the classroom setting.

VIII.Biomimicry

Students will understand we can not only learn about nature but learn from nature.

  • Students will be able to identify examples of biomimicry.
  • Students will be able to explain biomimicry and its benefits.
  • Students will create, invent, imagine an idea using biomimicry.

IX. Ecoliteracy

Students will be able to understand and articulate the importance of living in harmony with nature and each other.

  • They will understand basic ecological terminology.
  • They will have a greater understanding of cause and effect relationships.
  • They will gain insight to help them research, analyze, and report ways of living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.