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Winter session course in natural resource conservation explores Panama

Sept. 16, 2014 – Virginia Tech students can travel between Panama’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts while assisting with wildlife inventories and learning about indigenous cultures, the impacts of climate change, and Panamanian history during a 12-day course over winter break. 

Students earn up to three hours of college credit while also enjoying swimming, snorkeling, and rainforest work in the perpetual summer of the tropics.

The course, Issues in Natural Resource Conservation in Panama, runs Jan. 3 through 14, 2015, during Virginia Tech’s Winter Session offered between the fall and spring semesters. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors, with no prerequisites required.

“We’ll be experiencing three distinct environments,” said course instructor John McGee, associate professor of natural resources management in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. “We’ll start out in Panama City’s urban environment, where we’ll be learning about the history and economic importance of the Panama Canal.”

“Then we’ll head to the rain forest at Cocobolo Nature Reserve to work with local scientists and assist with wildlife inventories and GPS mapping,” he continued. “From there we travel to the autonomous region of the San Blas Islands to learn about the indigenous Kuna people and their culture.”  (continue reading.......)

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