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  

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 the transformation in the young people I was with, as they took data... counting eggs, measuring the turtle, and learning about this animal and its threatened existence. EPI's experiences leave a profound impact. These students go home motivated to talk to others about not eating turtle eggs, and about preventing plastics and pesticides from polluting the ocean. And they go home with a better understanding of how science works, ready to learn more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing one of these students go on to be a science teacher in his community, helping his community be more scientifically literate and committed to conservation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of students who are able to learn about science and conservation in the field.

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I have lived in Costa Rica for most of the last 30 years. I have watched the degradation of the biodiversity and natural environment here, including the forests and the oceans, as the country becomes increasingly

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of nesting leatherback turtles is rising at the Pacuare Nature Preserve for the first time in 10 years. That is the amount of time it takes for a female to begin to reproduce. This is thanks to 10 years of EPI students protecting turtle eggs.

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

train tens of thousands of students throughout the Americas to be scientifically literate, active conservationists, and leaders in solving environmental problems including climate change.

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About every week

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