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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with and for EPI for many years and couldn't be more impressed by the work they do and their dedication to getting students from around the world involved in conservation. Great work all around.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 do during a normal academic year. Their curriculum is intensive, well designed and balanced between field work and class time. Their locations offer access to (natural) resources ideal for science oriented and conservation activities. The professionalism of the instructors cannot be questioned.