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Welcome to Selva Verde



Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC)


Founded in the mid-1990s by the Holbrook family and Selva Verde Lodge, the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) is today a fully independent US and Costa Rica registered non-profit organization. The SCLC’s mission is to link communities and conservation through education and ecotourism in the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica’s northern lowlands. 


SCLCLearning Center FacilitiesMission of the SCLC

The SCLC focuses its efforts in four areas — environmental education, community development, conservation, and tourism — in order to help form future environmental leaders, raise the organizational capacity of local communities, promote sustainable land use, and connect tourists to the local community. Our programs which are run by international volunteers and community members serve hundreds of local people and thousands of ecotourists each year. These programs include environmental education, rural tourism activities, English classes, community outreach, women’s groups, and scholarship funds for high school students.

SCLC Serves...

You, the Visitor

The SCLC gives visitors the opportunity to engage with local residents and international volunteers.


Learning Center StudentsThe Local Community
The SCLC offers community programs such as English classes, computer literacy, environmental education and after-school activities. By offering local residents opportunities to improve their job prospects, the SCLC hopes the population is able to cultivate more environmentally sustainable occupations to improve their job prospects.




The Environment
The SCLC leads conservation projects such as water quality monitoring and recycling.


new school cecosKids from a local SchoolSupport the SCLC

Participate in one of the activities held by the SCLC while visiting the lodge. Support a student high school scholarship by donating $250/yr for 5 years. Use your extra luggage space to bring a donation. Check out our listing at Pack for a Purpose.






Pack for a Purpose

Selva Verde Lodge encourages visitors to donate an economic or material donation to help support conservation enviromental and educational programs developed by the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center. Make a donation directly to the center by visiting the SCLC WEBSITE.


Facilities at Selva Verde

More than a lodge, more than a rainforest reserve

Surrounded by rain forest, Selva Verde Lodge offers explorers world class accommodations, facilities and amenities for a wide range of groups. Live above the rain forest in our authentic jungle lodge or experience the seclusion of our newly remodeled and air conditioned bungalows. Amenities include dining, bar and a refreshing pool as well as meeting, lecture and classroom space.


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Selva Verde hosts many groups and opportunities for learning. We offer fully equipped meeting and lecture rooms to our guests.







dining2bDining OPTIONS and Bar

Our beautiful dining room is one of a kind. Over- looking the Sarapiquí River and serving the best in local and international cuisine.






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After a busy day experiencing all that Selva Verde has to offer the adventurous rainforest explorer can relax in our new "jungle" Pool.






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Visit our Gift Shop is where you can purchase personal items and mementos of your stay at the lodge.







Selva Verde Pool

Costa Rica Lodge

pool5 300x200--Enjoy a dip in our refreshingly cool pool, or relax in one of the lounge chairs while the kids play in the pool for young children. Guest towels are provided. Located near the dining hall and restrooms, and set amid the gardens and trails, the pool area provides a cool place to relax after adventures in the rainforest. Sip a refreshing cocktail poolside and watch for wildlife. Birds, frogs, butterflies, and monkeys can frequently be spotted here.


Meeting Rooms at Selva Verde

Costa Rica Lodge

Our conference rooms, meeting areas, and classroom spaces are unique, comfortable, and fully equipped for presentations and lectures. Our accommodations and tropical grounds make the experience very different from the typical meeting setting. Additionally, there are plenty of activities for entertainment during your free time.



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Our recently constructed conference room boasts exceptional comfort, beauty and acoustics, with tiled flooring, a glass wall overlooking the forest, overhead recessed lighting, and contemporary presentation equipment including wireless internet, projectors and screens.

This large room is air-conditioned and seats 200 people in theatre configuration, and 100-150 in other seating arrangements.




Selva Verde has several additional meeting areas, perfect for groups and classes to gather for smaller meetings. Our lovely wooden lecture room has four screened walls, and is elevated amid the gardens in the lodge area, affording a full view of the natural surroundings. This room is equipped with dry erase board, retractable projection screen, and speakers, and comfortably seats 45 people. Equipment such as projectors, microphones, etc. can be furnished by request. There is an outdoor meeting area as well, with comfortable seating near the restaurant where lectures or classes can be held, and similar equipment can be arranged for this area.




Includes full day use of the air conditioned conference room equipped with projectors, screens, and sound system, two onsite coffee breaks and a buffet style lunch served in the dining hall.

Conditions: Minimum 20 participants, applicable for businesses and associations Conference room comfortably seats 150 people auditorium style
Price per person $20






Dining Hall, La Terraza Restaurant, & Selvita Bar

Fresh Local Foods in a variety of dishes

Our dining hall, restaurant, and bar sit astride the lovely Sarapiquí River with a spectacular view, particularly during dusk as the sun begins to set and lends a golden hue to the river and trees. The two story building houses the upstairs Dining Hall, and below La Terrazza Restaurante and Selvita Bar on the ground floor with plentiful river-view patio seating.


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Main Dining Hall

The dining hall serves fresh, local foods in a variety of dishes. All the food is prepared by our local chefs, and is served three times a day. Breakfast includes gallo pinto, eggs, cereal, yogurt, and fresh tropical fruit, while lunch and dinner include two main entrees, hot side dishes, and a fresh salad bar. Dinner also includes a soup du jour and dessert. Juice, coffee, and tea are served with the buffet meals.




 SVL.dining2Pizzeria La TerrazzaRestaurante Pizzeria La Terrazza

Restaurante Pizzeria La Terrazza is open for dinner, and serves a delicious variety of authentic Mediterranean dishes, including wood-fired oven flatbreads and calzones cooked to order. There is a full menu and complete table service. Reservations are recommended. 





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Selvita Bar

Enjoy a freshly blended juice, an inspired cocktail, cold beer, or glass of wine at the Selvita Bar. Many refreshing options are served up by the friendly bartenders, and can be enjoyed in a rocking chair or at a table on the breezy patio overlooking the Sarapiquí.




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 Private Seating

Share a bottle of wine and a romantic dinner at one of our candlelit tables.






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Puma SVL webNew Camera-Trap Station in Action

Many of our guests are well-accustomed to spotting a myriad of birds, insects, reptiles and other species throughout the 500-acre preserve. It is less common, however, to come face-to-face with some of the larger mammals. Now, thanks to Selva Verde’s new camera-trap station, we have visual evidence from images taken on the grounds of Selva Verde, featuring some of the reserve’s more elusive residents.

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Birding at La Selva by Christa Markley

Trip Report: Understanding Costa Rica’s Conservation Success Story

Participants at CRIBC in November learned more about Costa Rica's pioneering ecotourism.


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Amos Bien

Update from the SCLC: Saying goodbye to Amos Bien

On November 19, we bid farewell to a pioneer in sustainable tourism, a founding member of the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center Board, and dear friend, Amos Bien. 


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The Selva Verde Story

Selva Verde began with one woman's dream of preserving nearly 500 acres of endangered tropical forest and the multitude of species that call it home.