April 04, 2013
Sorry families for not posting as much as we would have liked! Being literally "off the grid" has made it challenging to connect. On the other hand, the kids have connected with nature like never before! We have a great group of students that will have many adventures and stories to share with you when they get back to Cincinnati!
Today was the Finca Kobo organic farm tour....we learned about some of the heritage crops they are growing including white pineapple, square bananas and star fruit. All truly delicious! We also learned about the culture and history of the "nectar of the gods"...otherwise known as CHOCOLATE. At the end of the tour we sat down at a long table filled with the organic fruit sliced up with bowls of chocolate to dip it in. Oh, yeah, and the flourless chocolate cake. MMMMMMMMMMM!!!! Words cannot describe!
Other adventures included zipping through the rainforest canopy, horseback riding high atop a ridge in the primary rain forest, hiking through a clear creek to a pristine waterfall,snorkeling in the Golfo Dulce, and having delicious meals every day! We miss you all and thank you for sending us on this grand adventure,parents!
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April 05, 2012
St. Mary's 8th Graders of Hyde Park in Cincinnati
The excitement is building as some of the 8th grade students from St Mary's school soon depart for the "ultimate field trip"...to the rain forest of Costa Rica! They received a special prayer and blessing from Fr. Ken today.
After months of studying the rain forest's animals and habitat, the students are ready and excited for some experiential learning and fun on the Osa Peninsula!
March 30, 2012
Friday March 30- Our last but very satisfying day: Community Service
The WHHS Students spent the morning at the public school in the Bamu community, 1 km north of Puerto Jimenez - the "Escuela Bambu", to accomplish two projects: Paint the Lunchroom and prep the area behind the lunchroom for a vegetable garden. This community service project was supervised by Kristin the energetic Peace Corp Volunteer living here in Puerto Jimenez. Kristin Lucas, from Virginia has been in CR for 1.5 years and her term continues through December 2012. She is fluent in Spanish and then graced our Lodge final dinner with her effervescent presence. A shining example of all that the Peace Corps represents.
After the hard work in the sweltering heat, the Cafeteria, now with a fresh coat of baby blue paint and the garden hoed and weeded to create three furrows, we were treated to an authentic CR lunch of spiced hearts of palm, CR Coleslaw, rice and beans and homemade burgers. Upon return to the Lodge, a siesta in hammocks under the shaded canopy lulled by the shrieks of the pair of macaws that live on the property and the howler monkeys, followed by a hot "cuppa tea" - Mrs. Ashdown's special (with ginger and lemon grass from the Cocoa Plantation) rejuvenated the sunburned children, who are now packing and preparing their acts for tonite's talent show.
March 27, 2012
Today the rest of the WHHS students did their horseback riding in the Rain forest. Accompanied by Mr. Gray and resident equestrian Helen Ashdown, the WHHS Students did a different trail from the prior day's group because yesterday's heavy rain had caused many more trees to impede the trail. Adonnis, the certified Indian guide accompanied both the groups on each of their rides, when we saw squirrel monkeys, vultures, "cara-cara", pink spoonbills, Kingfisher, iguanas, wild pigs and as always a plethora of spiders of various sizes and patterns. Helen, did such a great job assisting the horse guides with tacking and un-tacking the feisty mountain horses, that they offered her a job!
The other group of Mr. Schnurre, Angele and Mrs. A and the Hobbs family under the expert tutelage of Gary Morgan went creeking on the Rio Carbonara and saw several poisonous dart frogs, varieties of skinks and were pelted , albeit unwittingly. by a pack of squirrel monkeys discarding their wild fig-like fruit. The best part was jumping into the 15 ft or more deep waterfall pool of crystal clear water. Mr. Morgan was most satisfied that all of our students followed his instructions and there were no "narrow escapes" on the slippery rocks or steep mountain trails, including no sightings of any serpents, much to Mrs. A's chagrin.
February 03, 2010
For the fourth consecutive year, a group of Xavier University biology students have travelled south to visit Costa Rica and study the rainforest. They spent some time in San Jose as well as visiting our place on the Osa Peninsula, Morgan's Jungle Lodge. Randy was the host extraordinaire, along with our Costa Rican staff. Check out a blog created by one of the students:
More to come from other school groups who are studying the rainforest at our facilty this winter and spring! We will be hosting Walnut Hills High School, Clark Montessori High School and Vanderbilt University pre-Med students. Check back!
Love the rivers
Our heritage is based on a profound love of our rivers. The founders had it in their blood and it is here where we like to cast light on the great outdoor experience.
P R E V I O U S P O S T S
- FLMSP Trail News, April 2016: Monarch & Bee Lifeline
- Walnut Hills Students feeling the Pura Vida
- Have you fooled with Mother Nature Lately?
- St Mary's Group arrives safely in Costa Rica!
- The St. Mary's School's 8th graders Prepare for their Big Adventure!
- Friday March 30- Our last day: Community Service
- March 28 update from John and Peter
- Day 3 - Creeking and riding in the Rainforest
- Day 4
- Walnut Hills High School Arrive in Costa Rica
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