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ECOLOGY PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
May 24, 2011

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & monitored sea turtles, serve on BOD.

ECOLOGY PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
April 21, 2010

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

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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.

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I listen to the testimonies of students, staff and other board members and share my ideas about how we can improve science education and inspire students to actively conserve the earth's resources.