Coming Up in 2018

  • Camera Trap Workshop
  • Nature Illustration Workshop
  • Filmmaking for Women
  • Herpetology Tours
  • More BugCamps!
  • Contact Us to find out More or Register your Interest.

    BugCamp #1!

    BugCamps are week-long immersion trips to experience firsthand the rainforests and cloud forests of Central Panama and discover the amazing diversity of tropical insects and other small animals. They’re designed primarily for people who are interested in nature, insects and tropical biodiversity but didn’t get a chance to experience it yet, either because it was daunting to organise such a trip or simply because they haven’t found yet an easy, fun and educational way to discover the tropics.

    We will organise the first BugCamp in Cocobolo from 27 August to 3 September 2017. It will be a 8-day nature discovery trip, including 6 days in the rainforests. For more information, visit

    The participation fee for this first BugCamp is 950 USD per person.

    Included: airport pickup in Panama City, accommodation in double-occupancy local guesthouse in Panama City, transport to and from Cocobolo, all meals and lodging in the field station. And of course, our unconditional and complete dedication to your daily entertainment and education!

    Not included: international airfare to Panama City, travel and health insurance, lunch and dinner in Panama City on day 1, 7 and 8, and PayPal transfer fee if you pay online (no extra fee for payment by cheque).

    If you’re wondering about how to get to Panama, vaccinations and what to pack, we have three great resources on our CREA/Cocobolo website: Travel TipsHealth and Safety and Packing List.  And if you have any question, contact us or send an email to

    How to register

    – Download, complete and sign the Application Form and send it back to us by mail or email (link to the right >>>)

    – Pay a non-refundable deposit of 250 USD by cheque or online via PayPal (+ 2.2% transfer fee, link to the right >>>) before 15 May 2017.

    See you soon!

    Herpetology Field Course

    Herpetologists, beginners or experienced, from around the world are invited to take part in this course that will take place at CREA’s Cocobolo Nature Reserve biological field station, a breathtaking campus located in the heart of Panama’s lush rainforest. Instructors will include local and international experts with detailed knowledge of the amphibians and reptiles of the region. Participants will learn about the life history of amphibians and reptiles as well as field techniques for their study and the conservation challenges facing this amazing group of vertebrates.

    • Book early! There are only 12 places available for this course.
    • The cost of this course is USD 1300 or USD 1150 for students
    • Secure your place by contacting or on the Course Application page

    For more information, download the brochure at

    Conservation Photography Field Course

    This course is full – sorry!


    Course objectives

    It is anticipated that by the end of the program students will:

    Learn how to effectively evaluate and respond to a photographic opportunity in the field
    Increase understanding of photographing various types of plant and animal life, and people in the field
    Use a variety of different photographic techniques to document biodiversity and story elements
    Develop a narrative with images that cover the most important elements of a story
    Have a basic understanding of how to pitch a story to editors and various media buyers


    Experiences include

    Five full-day stay at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve’s biological field station
    Day and night hikes to discover and document a broad array of wildlife
    Hands-on photographic demonstration and experimentation
    Evening lectures and slideshows
    Image review and discussion


    Cost and payment

    The cost of this course is $1800 ($1400.00 for students with a valid ID) and includes:

    All transport for pick and drop off from Panama City airport
    All transport for tours and to Cocobolo Field Station
    All lodging during the trip
    Three meals per day during the trip
    Use of field equipment including tent, mattress for sleeping at the reserve