CHANCE accepting student applications for summer Costa Rica, Panama program

February 24, 2015

The Penn State Lehigh Valley CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences) program is accepting applications for its summer 2015 field course, which includes travel to Costa Rica and Panama. Course and application submission information can be found at

The 2015 CHANCE Central America field program consists of the following courses: Biology 496(B) or 296(C) – Conservation Biology and Sustainability of Select Tropical Ecosystems with Biology 496(D) or 296(E) – A Field Practicum in Costa Rica and Panama. Taken together, but sequentially, these courses will allow undergraduate and graduate students to earn credits and hours in biology that will prepare them to better understand the challenges of conservation biology and global sustainability. To do this, both courses create unique learning environments which immerse participants, students and teachers, in real-world research and conservation efforts using inquiry-based strategies and interdisciplinary approaches.

CHANCE was founded in 2004 as a partnership between Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to train pre-service and in-service high school science teachers in environmental science and conservation biology through research. The program also develops teaching strategies that can be used in classrooms to develop students’ knowledge of, concern for and skill sets to solve challenging environmental problems.

Through international field courses and online curricular tools, CHANCE participants engage in inquiry-based research opportunities and conservation efforts so they can better understand global environmental issues. The program strives to connect people to nature through real-world experiences that incorporate scientific concepts, techniques, data and interpretations so they can construct their own understanding of their local landscapes and better effect change that will sustain the planet’s biodiversity.

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Last Updated February 26, 2015