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Bernalillo High School students prepare to plant tree saplings in the rain forest of Costa Rica. (left to right) Gabby Ruiz, Charissa Bell, Whitney Romero, Holden Hyer, Crystal Barnes, Michael Ward, Clayton Pankey and Marissa Pankey (Former BHS student).

Costa Rican students (first two rows) show Bernalillo High School students Holden Hyer, Clayton Pankey and Michael Ward (back row) some traditional dance steps.

Bernalillo High Students venture to Costa Rica

—Signpost Staff

In June, seven Bernalillo High School students had the opportunity to learn about neotropical ecology while in Costa Rica with their science teacher, Robin Verdugo. They spent nine days traveling around the various ecosystems. The trip began at InBiopark, a nationally run biopark that introduces visitors to the many ecosystems, plants and animals that cover the country. This was followed by a visit to Poas volcano. A stay in La Fortuna, near Arenal volcano, introduced the students to the mountain forests. A hike to the bottom of the La Fortuna waterfall and a kayak excursion across Lake Arenal in the shadow of the volcano provided ample opportunity to see birds and flora of this region.

The Monteverde cloud forest was the next stop. On the way, the group visited a local school and enjoyed indigenous dances performed by the students. Some of the students played soccer with the locals. The group participated in planting tree seedlings in the cloud forest in an effort to reforest areas that have been cut and are now being restored.

The days spent on the Pacific coast included river exploration via boat on the Tarcoles River. The wildlife was very prominent and included basilisk lizards, iguanas, an amazing amount of shorebirds and the infamous Tarcoles crocodiles. It was the time of year for the baby crocs to hatch and the mothers were warily watching the nests. The coastal forests were hot and steamy. The students returned with a greater understanding of neotropical ecosystems, Costa Rican culture, and travel.

Bernalillo High School science students continue to fundraise for their next trip of a lifetime.

Optimist youth paint elementary school festival faces

Optimist Club-sponsored face painters will apply their special magic at Placitas Elementary School’s Fall Festival, on Friday, October 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the school. Young people brought together with the support of the Optimist Club de Sandoval will transform Festival attendees into flower children, monsters, and other fantasies. This month, Optimist Club de Sandoval meets October 7, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Cub Scout Pack 708 at the Placitas Community Library and on Saturday, October 15, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., at the Placitas Café. People with ideas, good workers, and additional community projects are welcome. For further information, contact Snow Watson at 867-2047.







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