Mission: Ecology Project International improves and inspires science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships.
Results: Over the last 16 years, EPI has involved more than 28,000 students and teachers worldwide in conservation and science education at our five field sites. Of these participants, more than 89% 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: 4,900
Geographic areas served: Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, and Montana
Programs: 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 five 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.
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.