Inquiry-Based Science Curriculum

At Ecology Project International we believe that a person learns best by doing. Inquiry-based science learning at EPI means you and your students will work with scientists to help conserve biodiversity around the world while at the same time, completing an academic program.

You and your students will participate in experiential course work and hands-on research. Through our inquiry-based science lesson plans, each student will conceive, develop, analyze, and present a field-based research project. To read more about our on-course educational framework and curriculum, please click below:

EPI offers academic credit through the University of Montana, Missoula for our university course and graduate-level credit for our educator courses. Our participants have also received credit from U.C. Santa Barbara and Coastal Carolina University for their work on EPI courses.

A majority of our partnering high schools provide credit for an EPI course. We work with a diverse range of sending institutions and this has taken many forms including lab credit, community service hours, International Baccalaureate units, and general science credits.

If you’d like assistance to accredit your course, please contact us with as much lead-time as possible and we’ll work to make it happen. Contact us to learn more about accredited courses.

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Educator Recommendations

  • Chaminade College Preparatory, CA Curious to read one teacher's thoughts about our Yellowstone Wildlife Program? Read this letter of recommendation from a science teacher and EPI participant.
  • Virgin Islands Montessori What happens when students from the Virgin Islands join an EPI course to research whales in the Sea of Cortez? Here's what their teacher thinks about our work.
  • Greenhills School, Michigan Students and staff from Greenhills School in Michigan traveled with EPI to the Galapagos. Read what the chaperone has to say about our work.

Featured Scientist


Dr. Jorge Urban — Marine Biologist, Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
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