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Phone: 406-721-8784
315 South 4th Street East
Missoula
Montana 59807
USA
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Target demographics: High school students, ages 14-18, with special emphasis on youth from Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, Baja California Sur, Mexico, and Montana.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help with an event, prepare student and course materials, office support (help with mailings, copies, data entry, and filing).

Geographic areas served: Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Montana

Programs: This program site is situated near one of the world’s most important andactive nesting sites for Leatherback sea turtles. This location putsyouth at the nexus of conservation and local culture, where they will beface-to-face with the environmental, scientific and cultural forcesthat shape the region. Each night during the Leatherback nestingseason, participants accompany instructors and researchers in search ofturtles and their nests to study population trends and protect thenests from tides, poachers and other threats.

During their time in the field, participants volunteer withLatin American conservation institutions conducting vital,difference-making research. Without the work of these groups,Leatherback sea turtles might already be extinct. Students conceive,develop, analyze and present a field-based research project and attendbiology, tropical ecology, art and journaling classes. Scientists willuse this work to help improve conservation efforts for turtles.

More than half of our program participants are Costa Rican. Youth from different countries share perspectives and ideas, learn howturtles fit into Costa Rica's culture, and discover why turtles were valuedhistorically and how that’s evolving. This cultural interaction isoften among the most memorable student experiences.

Mission:
Ecology Project International improves and inspires science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships.
Results:
Over the last 10 years, EPI has involved over 6,000 people worldwide in conservation and science education at our four field sites. Of these participants, more than 2/3 were local residents, many of whom have also participated in community workshops and conservation activities after the field season.

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05/24/11
EPI connects students with scientists and the natural world, inspiring them and giving them the tools to take care of the earth. I have walked in the dark (no flashlights) alonga Carbbean beach monitoring leatherback sea turtles as they emerge from the water to lay their eggs... and I have seen ... more »
07/01/10
As a biologist and a high school teacher I have found that Ecology Project International (EPI) complement much of what I teach inside the classroom. The trips I have organized with them have helped me provide my students with experiences and expose them to activities that are almost impossible to ... more »
05/12/10
I loved the Galapagos trip I took back in March and April. I worked hard and had a blast meeting new people and learning about everything. It was worth all the hard work to come up with the money and I would trad a lot just to go again. When I was on the Islands I was able to work with little 3 ... more »
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