I hold an adamant belief that travel can be an invaluable, life-altering experience. Families that have the means to travel often see it as a luxury, and take for granted the incredible learning that they and their children gain. I work in an alternative high school – most of my students are from families that do not have anywhere near those kinds of means. Their experiences have been, in large part, a struggle and the larger world is mostly an abstraction – including the potential wonder and hope that it can hold. Monteverde, Costa Rica epitomizes that kind of wonder and hope – blending the culture of indigenous inhabitants with that of the American Quaker settlers that arrived in the 1950’s, and balancing a model of conservation with becoming an international eco-tourism destination. The book, Walking With Wolf, tells this story in a remarkable way.
We are now in the midst of a year-long interdisciplinary class that will include Walking With Wolf, student blogs (which I hope you'll check out on the right), individual research projects, and a 10-day trip to Monteverde this Spring. The students are working hard and must fundraise their entire way there - they need your help. If you are willing to support their efforts,
checks can be made out to “Lister Academy – Costa Rica Class”, and mailed to: Robert J. Lister Academy, Attn: Bryan Mascio, 35 Sherburne Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Hola!! Thank you for all of the great questions - here are our responses!

How hot is it? ~Maria

Around 60 when it is dark 80 when it is bright.

What was the forest like? Is there a lot of bugs? Is it humid? ~Connor

The forest is like the forest back home times 100! Everything is, greener,hotter,prettier. It can get humid, but for the most part its fairly dry.

How are you guys adjusting to the time difference? ~Katrina

It is very easy to adjust, the time difference is 2 hours, so 7am for you is 5am for us!

How big is the San Luis waterfall? ~Sean

1,603 meters... Side note- that is 300 more meters than the hike to get there!!!!

What was ziplining like? Have all of you been horseback riding before? Did you hike all the way up the cloud mountain? ~Jasmine

Zip lining was spectacular. Let's just say it felt like you were flying. No only 3 of us had previously been horseback riding. No we drove to the top of the "cloud mountain" then hiked around the top.

Do you have to climb the whole forest? ~Katie

No we don't have to hike everywhere, we get taxis for some trips ;)

Did you get to try any of the cheese?

Si!! It's a totally new flavor, delicioso!

Have you seen any wild animals: What does the Costa Rican flag look like?

Yes we some a monkey, some sloths , little bugs, a dead scorpion , and the works scariest crab that brittney f thought was a tarantula

We know It's red white And blue but we have not seen one

How hot is it in Costa Rica? ~Nathaniel

Refer to Maria's question :P

How much hiking have you done? ~Skylar

A lot, probably 5 is miles a day just walking about!

How was it seeing the sloths? Was the water from the waterfall warm? ~Chris

It was pretty cool !!!! No the water was absolutely freezing!

Thank you!!
April 8, 2011 12:35 PM

We are having trouble uploading videos to our pages, look to the student blogs, our Facebook and Youtube channel (hopefully) and such for the good stuff!!!!

Our itinerary for Monday is some are going on an early morning hike in the Children's Eternal Rainforest to try to see monkeys, while others get to experience real brown sugar making on the farm we're staying at. We leave Tuesday morning to go whitewater rafting on our way to Arenal. Pura Vida!

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