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Selva Verde Lodge and Private Reserve provides an exceptional backdrop to explore topics of natural history or to use the surrounding environment as part of your international teaching strategies for global literacy. Selva Verde’s private reserve is the ideal basecamp for educational field programs in ecology, conservation, community development, and culture.

learning centerLearning Center Students, Selva Verde LodgeDESIGNED FOR STUDENT LEARNING
An ideal control site for graduate, undergraduate, or advanced high school studies, the site is equipped with classrooms, dormitory accommodation, Wi-Fi, and a basic wet lab facility, offering an ideal backdrop for annual student studies in a variety of research applications. In conjunction with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center, an on-site educational non-profit organization, we can help you design a course to meet the academic needs of your group.

Fields of Study:  Forest Fragmentation | Community Development | Climate Change | Ecosystem Analysis | Botanical Diversity | Mammal Diversity | Entomology | Ornithology | Agricultural Impact | Citizen Science


K-12 Curriculums 
Discover the mysteries of the rainforest through our El Centro Natural ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMSExplore the link between COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION Programs with the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center.


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Selva Verde is an ideal base for university immersion programs and educator professional development workshops. Our rainforest reserve makes an ideal rainforest research site. Our close proximity to San Jose, OTS La Selva Biological Station, and several of Costa Rica's famous national parks allow access to extended learning and exploration. Please CONTACT US for information on how to create a unique field study for your students.




Long revered for research in the natural sciences, Selva Verde provides a solution for faculty-led long-term tropical science research without expenses from consortium or member fees, while accessing both primary and secondary forest with ease.


foto miti 1 Lesser anteater, Selva Verde LodgeIDEAL LOCATION FOR EXPLORATION
Selva Verde alone is home to 300 species of birds, 330 species of trees, 120 species of mammals, and countless other plant and insect species. It is also a part of the Mesoamerican Bio-Corridor, an international initiative to link forested land between Mexico and Panama to protect the abundant biodiversity of species and habitats in the region.





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Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve ("Selva Verde Lodge", Holbrook Travel, "we" or "us" as the context provides) values your privacy as a user of this site and other web sites operated or provided by Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve (collectively, the 'Sites'). Your use of the Sites is governed by the Terms of Use and disclaimer. Please read the following to learn more about Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve policy with respect to our collection, use and disclosure of personal information. If you have any questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy or the privacy practices of Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve collects personal information when you inquire about our services and products, when you fill out surveys, and when you participate in promotions or other programs that we may hold from time to time. Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve may combine information about you with information we obtain from our affiliated companies.

Personal Information that we collect may include your name, contact information (such as email address, mailing address, telephone and fax number) demographic information (such as gender, age and occupation), and personal preferences, such as preferences with respect to property rental and purchasing.

Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve automatically receives and records information on our server lots, which information may include your computer's IP address and "cookie" information. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer. The only information a cookie can collect is information supplied by you. A cookie cannot read data off of your computer. If you have set your browsers to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You may configure your internet browser software to disable cookies, though your ability to access some web pages may be affected.


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Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve does not rent, sell or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except with your permission or under the following circumstances; to meet legal or regulatory requirements, to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims, upon Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve being legally required by or merged with another company.



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Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policy of web sites operated by third parties. This privacy policy applies solely to information collect through the Site.


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Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. It is your responsibility to periodically review this Privacy Policy to remain informed of the current practices of Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve.



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Nigel MarvenNigel MarvenRegister for Costa Rica’s International Herpetological Symposium, Sept 6-9, 2018

SARAPIQUÍ, COSTA RICA - Costa Rica’s IV International Herpetological Symposium will be held in the lowland tropical rainforests of Sarapiquí, at Selva Verde Lodge and Private Reserve and environs. The Symposium will feature presentations and lectures about herpetology in broad sense by organizations and individuals. Come and learn about new findings and research from all over the Americas and beyond! 

Participantes de habla hispana: Vea el programa completo aquí

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The blue-gray tanager

The blue-gray tanager (Thraupis episcopus) is one of about 230 species of tropical and subtropical tanagers, and one of the most common and unmistakable birds in Costa Rica. It is a generalist frugavore (fruit-eater), found in a great variety of different habitats, most often in pairs.

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Seen From Above: Selva Verde Lodge & Reserve

Innovative aerial, drone footage of Selva Verde Lodge and Reserve

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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.