From Ridges to Reefs: A Costa Rica Conservation Tour

March 5-12, 2023 – TRIP IS FULL

Situated squarely between North and South America, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. It is also a global leader in conservation innovation and climate response. A strong democracy, friendly people and stunning scenery make it an ideal travel destination.

This Costa Rica Conservation Tour is designed to sample the best of natural Costa Rica by exploring one of Latin America’s most important conservation projects. Launched in 2020, the Ridge to Reef Initiative is an effort to ensure habitat connectivity from the mountains of La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica’s largest Park) to rainforests of the Osa Peninsula, the “most biologically intense place on Earth” according to National Geographic, and home to jaguars, tapirs, anteaters, four species of monkeys and more than 300 species of birds.

We’ll stay at the beautiful Las Cruces Research Station and the stunning Osa Verde Biolodge during our eight-day expedition to southwest Costa Rica. Each facility offers lovely accommodations, excellent food and easy access to a variety of tropical habitats. Wildlife, including spectacular birdlife, is abundant and conspicuous. The trip is timed to coincide with passage of migratory birds returning to North America. We’ll also be accompanied by one of Costa Rica’s finest naturalist guides.

The trip will be led by veteran tour leader and conservationist Craig Thompson.


Trip Highlights

  • Visit a sea turtle hatchery for opportunities to see baby leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead or green sea turtles.
  • Explore the Golfo Dulce by boat, one of only four tropical fjords in the world.
  • Participate in a reforestation workshop and help with endangered tree propagation efforts.
  • Embark on a conservation technology hike and night hike along the Rio Piro.


Pricing and Cancellation

Proof of COVID vaccination required.

The base cost is $2,595 per person. The price includes all ground transportation, all meals except lunch on the first day, Golfo Dulce boat tour, entrance fees, guide services and airfare from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose and part of your trip cost goes to support the Natural Resources Foundation. Not included: international airfare to and from Costa Rica, airport departure fee, alcoholic beverages, gratuities or items of a personal nature. Single room accommodations are not available.

A deposit of $500/person is required to register and reserve a space on the trip. Reservations made less than 90 days prior to departure require full payment.

Cancellation Policy: More than 90 days before departure: $100 cancellation fee; remaining balance is refunded.
90 – 0 days before departure: 100% of tour price is forfeited.

Space is limited. To register, send a check for $500 made out to Firefly Conservation Company. Include name, mailing address and email.

Send to:

Firefly Conservation Company, W6396 Riverview Drive, Onalaska, WI  54650


Deadline to register is October 1, 2022

Final payment is due November 15, 2022

For more information, or to request an itinerary, contact tour leader Craig Thompson.


Kim Kreitinger

Kim Kreitinger

Field Trip Coordinator

(608) 409-3110

Kim Kreitinger (she/her) supports the Foundation's Field Trip program, plans our domestic and international travel, and helps connect members with the Foundation.