The Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad in Santo Domingo de Heredia plans a one-day course on oyster mushroom cultivation aimed at small-scale production Nov. 24. Costs are $160 for Costa Ricans and $180 for foreigners. Lunch and course materials are included. More information is HERE.
The presentation and materials are entirely in Spanish, but oyster mushroom references in English are readily available elsewhere, according to coordinator Ronald Gamboa. This course is repeated regularly.
There are several activities on weekends in addition to the usual attractions at the park and serpentarium. Saturday is “Bio-Start-up” day with a variety of small-scale entrepreneurs showing items like natural cosmetics, handicrafts, organic fertilizer, and textiles. Nov. 25 has a Vivaldi Christmas concert.
The entrance for residents and Costa Rican nationals toINBioparque for adults is 3,750 colons. Children up to 12 years pay 2,600 colons, and seniors pay 3,000 colons. The reptile exhibit is an extra 1,000 colons for adults and 500 for children. Non-resident foreigners pay $24 for adults and $14 for children with a tour included.
Weekend park hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission after 3:30 has a reduced rate. The park is also open to the public Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last call at 3 p.m. It is closed the rest of the week.