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Ecology Project International

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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: EPI is a conservation education organization that involves both local and visiting students in science-based field programs at 6 field sites across the U.S. and Latin America. EPI works in Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Belize, Hawaii and in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The premise of our mission is to involve locals in conservation efforts in order to make a bigger and more sustainable impact in the communities where we work. Your support helps us provide scholarships to underserved youth who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to participate in our programs.

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, Hawaii 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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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