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Walnut Hills Students feeling the Pura Vida

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! 

Tags: costa rica , morgan's , osa , osa peninsula , rainforest study , student travel

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The St. Mary's School's 8th graders Prepare for their Big Adventure!

April 05, 2012

St. Mary's 8th Graders of Hyde Park in Cincinnati

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!

Tags: costa rica , osa peninsula , rainforest study , student travel

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I am sure everyone is excited about the upcoming departure -- may it be a great experience for everyone!
Tracy M 8:41AM 04/09/12
Wishing everyone a marvelous trip and experience!
Tracy M 8:40AM 04/09/12

Friday March 30- Our last day: Community Service

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: costa rica , osa peninsula , rainforest study , student travel

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Proud of our WHHS students. Can't wait to have you all home. Talent show? Good time, John, to exercise those yodeling skills! Worth lugging the lederhosen to CR, aye? Be sure to thank your chaperones for bringing you back in one piece and with no extra critters in your luggage. I mean it.
Hallinans 7:03PM 03/30/12

Day 4

March 27, 2012

Creeking.

Creeking.

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.

Tags: costa rica , osa peninsula , rainforest study , student travel

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We are glad you are really have a great time there and enjoy your time and we enjoying all the picture of your class I know you all have a blast
stanley sr 10:27AM 03/28/12
In the words of your fave band, can't wait to look at those photographs. I'm sure you have some great ones. You look like you are in your element. Hope you are keeping cool and swimming a lot. People often write about their one of a kind experiences in journals, hint hint. BTW, we ran into Alice and family down here, so we have tech support until you return.
Barbara Hallinan 9:58AM 03/28/12
So many adventures so little time....sorry you are having rain, but glad it's not stopping the fun. Austin, the tilapia missed you last night, but don't worry, they weren't exactly jumping into the boat. Say hello to Adonis and Marvin for me!
Da' Browns 9:29AM 03/28/12
Sounds very interesting! Can't wait to hear about the monkeys. I hope you are getting enough to eat. We miss your constant trips to the pantry and fridge!
Stephanie Thomson 9:26AM 03/28/12
Anjele, it is so amazing what you are experiencing right now. I'm so proud that you were given the opportunity to experience this adventure. I can't wait to see all your pictures and read your journal entries. Continue to have fun and enjoy!!!!!!! Mom
Melanie Larkin 7:16AM 03/28/12

XU Students visit the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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:

xuchick2012.blogspot.com/search

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! 

Tags: costa rica , osa peninsula , rainforest study , student travel

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Happy Birthday Jimmy!!!! Looks like you are having an awesome time!!! We miss you! Molly, Pat, Megan and Maggie
Molly 8:49PM 04/17/11
This looks wonderful!
Ariel 3:09PM 03/18/10