Biological Stations in Costa Rica

Here is a list of all the biological research stations in Costa Rica. We have kept the definition quite open. It includes organization with teaching or research activities and organizations that offer facilities to external researchers (from Costa Rica or abroad). Even if a hotel or other touristic facility presents itself as a location for biological field research then it is included.

We found some of the stations, also called field stations or biological stations, during our preparations for the sabbatical. Others we found during our stay, or simply through searching on the internet. As part of the latter we used the website of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

Last update : 18 October 2020. The list is not yet finished.

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Bijagual Ecological Reserve

Website : http://www.bijagual.org/

Owner : Bijagual Center for Environmental Education and Conservation (No website found)

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Camaquiri Conservation Initiative Field station

Website : https://www.camaquiri.com/

Owner : Camaquiri Conservation Initiative

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Campanario Biological Station

Website : http://costaricabiologicalstation.com/what/research

Owner : Proyecto Campanario

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Caño Palma Biological Station

Website : http://www.coterc.org/cantildeo-palma-overview.html

Owner : Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC)

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Center for Sustainable Development Studies (STS)

Website : https://fieldstudies.org/

Owner : Unclear from the website / Independent.

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Centro de Investigación del Bosque Tropical Seco

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/centro-de-investigacion-del-bosque-tropical-seco

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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El Zota Estación Biológica

Website : http://www.elzota.com/

Owner : Not clear from website. Seems a family business

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Estación Biológica Botarrama

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-botarrama

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Cacao

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-cacao

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Caribe

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-caribe

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Isla San José

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-isla-san-jose

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica La Perla

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-la-perla

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Leiva

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-leiva

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Llanura

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-llanura

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Los Almendros

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-los-almendros

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Maritza

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-maritza

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Monteverde

Website : https://www.estacionbiologica.com/

Owner : Not clear from the website

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Estación Biológica Nancite

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-nancite

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Pitilla

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-pitilla

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Quica

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-quica

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica San Cristobal

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/puesto-san-cristobal

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica San Gerardo

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-san-gerardo

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Biológica Wege

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-biologica-wege

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Estación Experimental Forestal Horizontes

Website : https://www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/biodesarrollo/centro-de-investigacion-y-estaciones-biologicas/estacion-experimetal-forestal-horizontes

Owner : Area de Conservación de Guanacaste

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Greg Gund Conservation Center

Website : https://osaconservation.org/visit-the-osa-2/research-stations/ggcc/

Owner : Osa Conservation

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Jaguar’s Jungle Biological Station and Nature Reserve

Website : https://www.jjbiologicalstation.com/osa-peninsula

Owner : Osa Expeditions

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John H. Phipps Biological Field Station

Website : https://conserveturtles.org/stc-programs-research-tortuguero-costa-rica/

Owner : Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC)

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La Esperanza de El Guarco Biological Station

Website : http://www.inbio.ac.cr/pila/parque.htm (website down, October 2020)

Owner : Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

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La Gamba Field Station

Website : https://www.lagamba.at/en/

Owner : University of Vienna

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La Selva Research Station

Website : https://tropicalstudies.org/portfolio/la-selva-research-station/

Owner : The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)

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La Sirena Biological Station

Website : No official website found for the research station, but see here for the visitors centre, and see here for an unofficial site

Owner : SINAC

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La Suerte Biological Field Station

Website : http://www.maderasrfc.org/

Owner : Maderas Rainforest Conservancy (MRC)

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Las Cruces Research Station and Wilson Botanical Garden

Website : https://tropicalstudies.org/portfolio/las-cruces-research-station/

Owner : The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)

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Las Nubes Biological Reserve

Website : https://lasnubes.fes.yorku.ca/

Owner : York University

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Website : https://cloudforestmonteverde.com/

Owner : Centro Cientifico Tropical (?)

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Osa Biological Station (Piro)

Website : https://osaconservation.org/visit-the-osa-2/research-stations/piro-research-station/

Owner : Osa Conservation

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Palo Verde Research Station

Website : https://tropicalstudies.org/portfolio/palo-verde-research-station/

Owner : The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)

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Pocosol Station

Website : https://acmcr.org/content/stations-and-trails/pocosol-station/

Owner : Monteverde Conservation League (No website found)

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Quetzal Education and Research Center

Website : http://qerc.snu.edu/

Owner : Southern Nazarene University

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Reserva Biológica Tirimbina / Tirimbina Biological Reserve

Website : https://en.reservatirimbina.org/investigacion

Owner : Tirimbina Association for Conservation, Research and Education (ATCIE)

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Reserva Playa Tortuga

Website : https://reservaplayatortuga.org/

Owner : Unclear from website

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Río De Sueños Field Station

Website : https://www.albright.edu/about-albright/offices-departments/elcdc/albright-in-costa-rica/

Owner : Albright College

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San Gerardo Station

Website : https://acmcr.org/content/stations-and-trails/san-gerardo-station/

Owner : Monteverde Conservation League (No website found)

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Yellow-Billed Cotinga Sanctuary

Website : https://osaconservation.org/visit-the-osa-2/research-stations/

Owner : Osa Conservation

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