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The field station at the Bijagual Ecological Reserve is available all year round for day trips and long-term stays. Prior to your visit, we would like to provide you with any information you may need about the site. Our goal is to familiarize you with the reserve to help you plan a successful visit. We can coordinate any off-site activities or in-country transportation requests. During your stay, we offer orientation information, presentations, guided walks, and any other support for your projects or courses.


Feel free to contact us about your particular species or system and finding suitable areas in the reserve for your project. We can also assist with obtaining proper permits required by the Costa Rican government or other requests to help facilitate your work.


All age groups are welcome. We have hosted students ranging from elementary to graduate school from various countries. In addition to providing support for planning your course at the reserve, the scientific staff tailor presentations for the specific interests of your group. You also have the option of contributing data to existing long-term projects conducted at the reserve. We can work with you to design workshops and field projects. We invite you to get in touch with us to plan your visit.

Check out the links below to get a feel for bringing a course or doing research at Bijagual. Contact us for questions or more information.


The field station is able to host 21 overnight guests in two buildings located on the reserve.

  • Overnight stays include room, meals, and entrance fee.
  • We accomodate dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • There are dedicated work and lecture spaces.
  • Modern conveniences include electricity, running potable water, indoor plumbing and warm showers.
  • Towels, sheets, and bed nets are provided.


A 20-km (12.5-mile) network of maintained trails provides convenient access throughout the reserve. Maps are distributed to all visitors. Trails marked at 50 meter intervals maximize access to all habitats:
*Old-growth forest
*Riparian forest
*Selectively logged forest
*Secondary forest
*Natural regeneration
*Reforestation areas

Research Areas

The research conducted at the reserve helps guide our management policies for the forest. Projects have been carried out at the reserve by staff and visitors including scientists, students and volunteers.

Two established research areas and the growth data associated with them are available for use.

Many opportunities exist for aquatic studies. The Bijagual and Tirimbina Rivers flow through the western and eastern sections of the reserve. In addition, there are about 20 streams of various sizes with some originating within the reserve. There are also a few small swamps and pools of still water throughout the reserve.