The Academic Building
The core facility of the Soltis Center is the Bill and Wanda Soltis Academic Building (7,500 square feet), which includes a cafeteria and multipurpose room, laundry room, wet and dry lab rooms, and two classrooms. The academic building also houses, a meeting/video conference room, four offices, a first aid station, and restrooms. It also has a living room area where guests can relax on couches or rocking chairs on the balcony overlooking the forest.
Housing for Visitors
Directly behind the academic building are 8 bungalows (each one is 600 square feet plus a covered deck) to house scientists, students, and other guests. The Soltis Center has a maximum capacity of 56 people. Each bungalow has a bathroom with shower and double sinks, four closets, two desks, and between 2 – 4 beds. They also each have a front and back porch with table and chairs.
Wireless internet is available throughout the academic building and bungalows. When guests arrive, they will be provided with a password and login information to access the Wi-Fi. Guests need to bring their own laptops, tablets, and cell phones to access the internet. There is not a computer lab at the center.
Trails and Accessibility
The entire facility has been designed to be ADA compliant. In addition to the physical facilities, an extensive trail system has been developed to facilitate access to the forest. You can access a map of the trails by clicking on this link. There is also a map of the region.
The Center provides access to more than 250 acres of primary and secondary growth. Additionally, the Center’s forests are adjacent to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest and the Monteverde Conservation Area. The Zona Protectora Arenal-Monteverde extends to the Center through a forest corridor that descends in elevation from 1,800 meters at Monteverde to 450 meters above sea level at the Center. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Texas+A%26M+Soltis+Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org,-84.6174309,385m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8fa012bab2f98683:0x1b3f007684ffa000!8m2!3d10.3833498!4d-84.6175595