Main Campus

The main campus area encompasses 5 areas:

Academic and research facilities

Includes three multiuse classrooms, field biology lab, GIS lab. High speed internet available.

 Multiuse classroom

Multiuse classroom

 Field biology lab

Field biology lab

 Field biology lab

Field biology lab

 GIS lab

GIS lab

Residential Facilities for Students

Includes 4 bungalow-style units with capacity for 16 students per unit and a total capacity for 64 students; each bungalow has a private bathroom. The economically-priced bunkhouse (22 pax) is also available with shared bathrooms that are separated by gender

 Bungalow-style unit

Bungalow-style unit

 Bungalow-style unit

Bungalow-style unit

 Bungalow-style unit

Bungalow-style unit

 Economically-priced bunkhouse

Economically-priced bunkhouse

Residential Facilities for Faculty

Includes two faculty houses with capacity for 6 persons in each house

 Faculty house

Faculty house

 Faculty house

Faculty house

 Faculty house

Faculty house

Ecolodge

Includes 12 cabinas for faculty and visitors. Each cabina has up to 4 beds and a private bathroom

 Ecolodge

Ecolodge

 Ecolodge

Ecolodge

 Ecolodge

Ecolodge

Other facilities

Includes the student union (with dining hall, library and gathering area), laundry and administration building.

 Student Union

Student Union

 Gathering area

Gathering area

Intern and Researcher Village

Includes 5 casitas and 4 double rooms. Shared bathrooms.

 Intern casita

Intern casita

Forest Reserve

Not all rain forests in the tropics are jungles. Cloud forests are rain forests located in the montane region. Montane forests are humid and cool, with the average annual temperature ranging close to 20°C (68°F). The Monteverde Cloud Forest protects one of the most biodiverse and endangered ecosystems on the planet. It is home to more than 3,200 species of plants, 450 species of birds, and 98 species of mammals. What makes this particular cloud forest special is the fact that its preservation has been made possible thanks to local communities. In fact, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is a network of contiguous forests owned and managed by local organizations and individuals. UGACR’s forest is part of this larger tract of forest. The campus encompasses 50 hectares of forest on the Pacific slope of Monteverde, which showcase a stunning amount of biodiversity and can be explored from a network of about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of maintained trails. Our forest is also part of the Costa Rican Network of Private Preserves.

 View of the Gulf of Nicoya

View of the Gulf of Nicoya

 Student Union and Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in the background

Student Union and Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in the background

Farm

Small farms play a key role in food security in the tropics. These farms are highly productive and provide not only food, but also fuel, biomass and ecosystems services. UGACR runs one of the most comprehensive integrated farms in Costa Rica, where an average of 20% of the food that is consumed in the campus cafeteria annually is produced onsite. Produce from the farm includes fruits, vegetables, pork, beef, milk, eggs, and poultry. The farm produces biogas, compost, biofertilizers, and cultures of Local Effective Microorganisms, and is operated under the principles of climate-smart agriculture. It serves as a living lab where research and innovation processes are being developed in order to maintain and sustainably increase the farm’s productivity, without jeopardizing the ecological integrity of the landscape. Many of the sustainable practices developed in the integrated farm (e.g. biodigesters) are being transferred to other local farms, where another 25% of the food that is consumed on campus (on average) is produced.

 Farm

Farm

 Students explore the farm

Students explore the farm

 Farm

Farm