Who We Are find out more about QERC

The Quetzal Education Research Center, located in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica, serves as a secondary campus for Southern Nazarene University and educates students in field biology and research, while promoting biodiversity, sustainability, and social responsibility.

What We Doecological awareness for everyone

QERC works with students and researchers from around the world, to educate and conduct research focused on the tropical cloud forest and its floral and faunal community.

What You Can Do apply or come visit us!

If you are a student, a researcher, or just interested in the environment and conservation, apply for the Spring Semester program or get involved!

178 bird species

178 bird species are found in San Gerardo de Dota,

according to the Field Checklist to the Birds of Savegre Hotel Natural Reserve and Spa, 2012 edition

38 plant species

38 plant species found in the Quetzal National Park are endemic to Costa Rica alone.

For more information, see http://www.sinac.go.cr/ac/acopac

5 wild felids

5 species of wild felids have been observed in San Gerardo de Dota, including the Jaguar (Pantera onca) and Puma (Puma concolor).

Mike Mooring captured images of these mammals as part of his camera trap research.

Annual rainfall

Annual rainfall averages between 2,300 mm and 2,700 mm.