Ecology Project International

Rating: 4.57 stars   14 reviews


315 South 4th Street East Missoula MT 59801 USA


Ecology Project International improves and inspires science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships.


Over the last 15 years, EPI has involved over 18,000 students and teachers worldwide in conservation and science education at our six field sites. Of these participants, more than 60% were local residents that live near our project sites and received scholarship funds to participate.

Target demographics:

High school students, ages 14-18, with special emphasis on youth that reside near our program sites.

Direct beneficiaries per year:


Geographic areas served:

Belize, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Montana, and Panama


EPI inspires and improves science education efforts worldwide through field-based student-science partnerships. By engaging youth from Latin America and the U.S. in hands-on collaborative science and conservation projects that protect species and habitat in six countries, EPI bridges the gap between cultures and empowers the next generation of conservation leaders. We make a difference in the world one student at a time, fostering personal transformation of our students as they reconnect with the land and each other through our projects. EPI's vision is to create an ecologically literate society where the world's youth are empowered to take an active role in conservation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a high school teacher and I chaperone groups of students on EPI's wonderful programs annually. I have taken trips to Costa Rica where we worked hands on with the endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles. We patrolled the nesting beaches at night and when a Leatherback came up to nest, we would collect various data and also ensure her nest was located in a good location. During the day, we hiked and witnessed first hand our lessons of biology, ecology and conservation. On a trip to Baja, we witnessed daily Blue and Bryde's whales. The students collaborated with the scientists to locate a whale and then successfully obtain a biopsy of the blubber and skin. All students have become super charged on these trips to persue a degree and a career in the science field. Also, many have come home to make drastic changes within their own lives and community. It is been really rewarding as a teacher to witness this change in a student. It is an impact only trips like the ones EPI offers can initiate.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the change in the students that have gone with me and seeing some incredible species of wildlife!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

super friendly, knowledgable and just GREAT people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the way the human race treats the Earth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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