Garrett College Students Head to Rainforests

Once again as the snows of January threaten the mountain top, a group of Garrett College students in the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology (NRWT) program will escape to the rainforests of Costa Rica to study exotic plants and animals. This adventure, which will extend from January 3rd to the 17th, will provide more than 150 hours of class and field studies for the Neotropical Natural History course.

Peter Skylstad, assistant director of NRWT, coordinates this annual education opportunity which was initiated in 2008. The trip has centered on studies in both Nicaragua and Costa Rica. “This year we have 9 students from Garrett College and 12 from Hood College in Frederick who will be taking this course. Two of the Garrett College students will be returning to Costa Rica for the second time and will be doing independent research projects while they are there,” he said, adding that the group’s destination for studies this year is La Suerte Biological Field Station, Maderas Rainforest Conservancy, NE Costa Rica.

Accompanying Skylstad as instructors will be Anthony “Amo” Oliverio, and Justin DeVault, both graduates of the NRWT Program who have since earned bachelor degrees. Oliverio is currently working on a master’s degree and is teaching biology labs and courses at Garrett College.

More information on the NRWT program is available at

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