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Study Abroad at the Quetzal Education Research Center with Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma
Quetzal Education Research Center

The Quetzal Education Research Center located in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica seeks to promote biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability in global and local communities.

To this end, we involve students and researchers from around the world, including the host country, to engage in dialogue and research focused on the tropical cloud forest and its floral and faunal community for the purpose of enhancing its sustainability. QERC works to integrate local farmers with research scientists, educators, and students from around the world in the effort to merge good conservation practice and economic viability in the local community.

In 1986, the Quetzal Education Research Center emerged out of the relationship begun between Southern Nazarene University, founded in 1899, and the Efrain Chacon family, who pioneered the settling of the Savegre Valley in 1952. This partnership resulted in the completion of construction of a small laboratory in 1996 and a larger educational and research facility in May 2001. It is expected by all involved that this relationship will continue to provide students, scholars and the citizens of San Gerardo with opportunities to develop transformational discernment as they work through the practical implications of the broad ideal of ecological sustainability.


Program Objectives for the QERC are found here

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Our Nazarene Heritage

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read More