MRC-mapindexThe Maderas Field Station in Nicaragua is one of two field stations operated by The Maderas Rainforest Conservancy (MRC). The MRC offers a variety of classes for students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. La Suerte (Costa Rica) and Ometepe (Nicaragua) Biological Field Stations were both established in 1993.


Plants, People, Medicine, and the Ecosystem: Neotropical Ethnobotany Field Course in Nicaragua
This ethnobotany course will be on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, an enchanting 276 km2 island located inside of Lake Nicaragua. The site is dominated by two majestic forested volcanoes, inhabited by incredible wildlife, and is full of fun outdoor adventure activities. Students will gain real hands-on ethnobotany experience interviewing local people about the plants they use and interact with under the guidance of professional ethnobotanists. This is an opportunity to learn about plants, people, herbal medicine and the ecosystem hands-on from multidisciplinary perspectives. Students will hike lush volcanoes, swim in gorgeous waterfall-fed streams and beautiful beaches, kayak, bike, interact with monkeys, birds, and other enchanting wildlife.

Undergraduate and graduate college credit can be arranged.


Dr. Mark Merlin (Professor of Botany, University of Hawai`i at Manoa) (
Laura Shiels (Herbalist, Ethnobotanist, and Instructor at the University of Hawai’i) (