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McHenry County College to offer field studies in Belize

CRYSTAL LAKE – The caves and rain forests of Belize will serve as the classroom for an upcoming field study course offered by McHenry County College.

The course, Temples and Tropical Forest Field Studies in Belize, combines technology and in-person study to explore anthropology, biology and geology.

Worth three credit hours, the class begins in October and is co-taught by three instructors. It combines eight weeks of online instructions and six days of hands-on learning through cultural interaction and field study in Belize.

Students will interview local Belizians, visit St. Herman’s Cave, take a medicinal plant hike in the rain forest, and tour a cacao plantation, baboon sanctuary, Mayan ruins and an iguana conservation. Cave tubing also is included.

Students must have completed at least 12 college credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75 to take the course. It also is open to community members who are willing to participate in all group activities and excursions related to coursework.

Students must be 18 years of age by Dec. 12, which is the first date of the field study portion and have a valid passport at the time of departure.

Cost is tuition and fees plus $1,950 per student. The trip fee includes airfare, lodging, most meals, field trips and excursions. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

For information, go to www.mchenry.edu/belize or contact biology instructor Bev Dow at bdow@mchenry.edu or 815-479-7678.

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