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Hi friends!  Shoutout to those of you I worked with in Yellowstone this winter, since I personally know how awesome you are. And to everyone else who made it to Yellowstone this year, I’ve heard great things!  Finally, to those of you who were scheduled to attend a Yellowstone course, I wish we could have met you, but under the circumstances, I just hope everyone is safe and well.   I’m missing Yellowstone landscapes like this one but grateful to be in a safe spot where I can access other beautiful, if less obviously spectacular, outdoor areas. Since I’m lucky enough to be in rural Vermont and outdoors just about every day, I am going to loosely model this blog post after an EPI course.  Following the winter EPI Yellowstone structure, here’s a photographic overview of the... Read More

Alumni, Education, Professional Development, Science



Ecology Project International (EPI) is one of 25 organizations worldwide that will be sharing funding of more than $367,500 of funding from Project for Awesome. Project for Awesome, or P4A, was launched by the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, a Montana-based philanthropic organization. Both were created by authors & brothers Hank and John Green, perhaps best known for their YouTube channel, “Vlogbrothers,” where the two have communicated through video blogs for more than a decade. Project for Awesome was launched in 2007 as a way for online creators and influencers to use their powers for good. Each December, the Green brothers and other online creators rally their community, known as Nerdfighters, to discuss, chat up, and donate to the fundraiser in order to “increase awesome,” and “decrease world suck.” Creators offer perks for donations from their followers—everything from a lifetime pass to Vidcon (now... Read More

Accolades, Alumni, Conservation, News from EPI



A single plastic straw can take more than 200 years to decompose. In the meantime, those straws often become pollution or even worse, sea turtle or whale “food.” Research estimates that there are 8.3 billion plastic straws befouling beaches worldwide. Plastic has become a dirty word, especially single-use plastics. Ecology Project International’s (EPI) Mexico's Californios Verdes Eco Club took an active role in helping ban the most common single-use plastics in Baja California Sur, including plastic straws. So what did the Californios Verdes do, exactly? How can other youth activists use the Eco Club’s work as a template for banning single-use plastics in their own communities? First, the Californios Verdes grew their alliances. A team of 35 businesses, nonprofit organizations, and municipal government arms, from bagel shops to the Los Cabos Association of Hotels and Tourism, named themselves the “Desplastifícate Alianza,”... Read More

Alumni, Conservation, Education, News from EPI