Our Vision, Mission, and Goals

EPI is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing place-based, ecological education partnerships between local experts and high school students to address critical conservation issues. We engage youth from local communities and the United States in conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened species and habitats.

EPI’s vision is to create an ecologically literate society where the world’s youth are empowered to take an active role in conservation.

EPI’s mission is to improve and inspire science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships.

Our Goals: Education, Conservation, and Cultural Exchange

We believe that you learn best by doing
Experiential education at EPI means that students work at the field site on applied research projects. Our programs integrate art, language and culture, with an emphasis on science. Educational goals at EPI include:

  • Understand ecological systems and processes through participatory field science;
  • Apply the scientific method and appropriate tools on a real-world conservation project;
  • Increase interest in science and awareness of conservation science.

Scientific collaboration is a principal emphasis of our program
EPI participants work with scientists to protect species, collect data, and restore habitats. Students learn first-hand what scientists do, how they do it, and why they do it. Conservation goals at EPI include:

  • Help to protect or restore threatened ecosystems and species;
  • Collect high quality data that is used by scientists;
  • Integrate local residents in applied conservation work.

Creating site-based partnerships and cultural connections
We forge connections between local residents and international collaborators. The majority of the students we work with live within or adjacent to the ecosystem being studied. Cultural goals at EPI include:

  • Foster cooperation between international and local students through research partnerships;
  • Increase communication and understanding between scientists and the general public;
  • Promote international dialogue and the individual’s participation in global environmental issues.

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