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  • Locations: David, Panama
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Program Director: Macken, Jenny, Mullen, Russell
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Spanish
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: AGRON 496
Program Description:

Program Features

Analysis and Management of Agricultural Systems for Conservation of Natural Resources in Panama

Informational Meeting:
Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 pm in 1022 Agronomy Hall
Thursday, October 27th at 5:00 pm in 1022 Agronomy Hall

Course Highlights:

During their intensive field experience at the Batipa Field Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Management in David, Panama, students will study principles and strategies for managing natural resources while promoting economic activity and the preservation of the biodiversity of the area. Students will be able to analyze a variety of agricultural systems ranging from indigenous to highly technical, from sea level to mountain systems. Systems will be analyzed with wildlife conservation biologists for wildlife conflict issues and impact on conservation. 

Panama in the field

Group Leader: Dr. Russ Mullen

Course: Agron 496, 2-3 variable credits Spring 2017

Program Fee: approximately $2900 (includes airfare, lodging, most meals, in-country transportation, CISI health and emergency insurance, and entrance fees)

Out of Pocket Costs: $105 study abroad admin fee charged by 3224 MU, $10.00 Study abroad application fee,$150 for incidentals, $150 for meals on own, any vaccinations or preventative meds for travel (cost varies, depends on your insurance and what your needs are for the country you are traveling to), $135 for passport if you don't already have one. 

If you are a CALS student traveling internationally for the first time, contact Jodi at  to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed.

Students with corn

Saturday March 11
Wear Comfortable Travel Clothing
a.m- Depart Des Moines airport for flight to Panama
p.m-Arrive in Panama
p.m-Check in Hotel Las Vegas or city of knowledge

Sunday March 12
Clothing- Capris , short sleeved, comfortable travel clothing
7.30am- Breakfast at City of Knowledge
9.30 am- Tour of the Panama canal (Miraflores)
Noon: Lunch at City of Knowledge
1.00pm- Depart bus for David
8.00pm Arrive in David, Check into Hotel at David

Monday March 13
Filed Clothes(light, long sleeved), closed toe walking shoes, plus sunscreen and bug spray)
8.00am- Bus trip from David to BFI(1 hour)
9.00am BFI: Orientation and Safety in tropical Field Studies
Noon Lunch at BFI
1.00pm Agricultural, Conservation , Education Activities and Goals at BFI- Oteima Univ and Rios family
5.00pm Return to David
6.00pm Dinner

Tuesday March 14
Filed Clothes(light, long sleeved), closed toe walking shoes, plus sunscreen and bug spray)
8.00am- Bus trip from David to BFI(1 hour)
9.00am BFI: Neotropical wildlife lectures and field labs
Noon Lunch at BFI
1.00pm Tropical ecology discussions and methods to assess and quantify wildlife species in Agricultural landscape
5.00pm Return to David
6.00pm Dinner

Wednesday March 15
Filed Clothes(light, long sleeved), closed toe walking shoes, plus sunscreen and bug spray)
8.00am- Bus trip from David to BFI(1 hour)
9.00am BFI: Ngobe Indigenous community Day- Service learning activity
Noon Lunch at Ngobe Village
1.00pm Agricultural activities and Environmental Impacts of the Ngobe community
5.00pm Dinner on the move, Travel to Cerro Punta
8.00pm Hotel in Quetzales Lodge in Cerro Punta
Thursday March 16
Filed and hiking clothes (light, long sleeved), closed toe walking shoes, plus sunscreen and bug spray)
6.00am- Breakfast on your own
8.00am- Tour highland Agricultural operations and environmental impacts on biodiversity
Noon Lunch in Cerro Punta
1-5.00 Hike in Quetzales trail to Bouquete or visit fish farm if we travel by bus
6.00pm-Diiner on your own
8.00pm- Hotel in Boquete
Friday March 17
Filed and hiking clothes (light, long sleeved), closed toe walking shoes, plus sunscreen and bug spray)
7.00am Breakfast
8.30am Coffee Production and Maximizing biodiversity in the Boquete Highlands
Noon Lunch on Boquete
2.00pm Monoculture farming tours in Boquete area
5.00pm Depart for David and check into hotel
6.30pm Group dinner in David, Lodging in David
Saturday March 18
Light Clothes, boat and beach wear. Sunscreen and sun wear protection a must.
7.30am Breakfast at hotel
8.30-9.30- Bus trip from David to BFI ( 1 hour)
9.30 am Tour of mangrove and marine ecology, fish farming and marine ecology at Games/San Jose island
4.0pm Return to pier 3
7.00pm Dinner on your own
Lodging at David

Sunday March 19
Wear comfortable travel clothing
6.30amBreakfast and check out of hotel
8.00am Depart for Panama City
12 noon Lunch in Santiago
4-6.00 pm Souvenir shopping , check in hotel at Panama City
7.00 pm Dinner on your own

Monday March 20
Light clothes boat and hiking wear. Sun screen and sun wear protection a must.
7.00am Bus leaves hotel to canoe port and departure point for river travel to Embera Drua community
4.00pm return to hotel
6.30pm Group Dinner and program reflection

 Tuesday March 21
Wear Comfortable travel clothing
Check out of hotel and depart to international airport
Depart to flight to Ames, IA
Arrive in Ames, IA

Important Note Regarding Missing classes: Please note that participation on some travel courses require you to be away from campus for some school days. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences tries to minimize the number of days missed for this purpose, but in some events, the inflexibility of the travel schedule prevents us from working completely within our breaks. Should you choose to enroll in a travel course that requires missing some class(es) on campus, you will need to contact your instructor directly to inquire whether or not arrangements can be made to make up this class work and/or exams. The CALS Study Abroad office can provide you with a letter explaining the dates of the trip. However, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor to determine the potential impact on your grade before signing up for a Study Abroad program. The instructor is responsible for determining the impact of any absence from class.



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