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EPI was born from the powerful collision of science and education. We’ve come a long way, and our foundational belief has stayed the same: Real change can happen when people interact with nature. However, the opportunity to practice hands-on science and see a future in a science-based field is not shared equally among young boys and girls. Just a few decades ago, it was a rare sight to see a woman working in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Today, while more common, women are still outnumbered 3 to 1 by their male counterparts. What we know is that social and environmental factors shape young girls’ achievements and interest in their fields, often presenting obstacles to women’s long-term success in STEM. We also know that at EPI we have the opportunity to help young girls overcome some of these obstacles. We believe that science, conservation, and... Read More

Education, News from EPI, Nonprofit, Science

By Maddie Cole The benefits of outdoor education are extensive and well-documented. Learning outdoors improves academic performance, health, and childhood development. It can also instill a sense of civic responsibility and empathy and build ties within the community. Finally, getting outside is fun! Students who venture outside during class time cherish these opportunities and remember this part of their education fondly. We’ve put together a compilation of fun and educational ideas for you to get your students into the fresh air. We’ve tried to include something for everyone – we have ideas for science teachers, humanities teachers, and even art teachers! And these ideas aren’t just for the fall and spring – help stave off cabin fever and try some of our ideas for getting your students outside in the wintertime! ART & EXPRESSION 1. Train the next generation of nature photographers and photojournalists. Give... Read More

Education, How To

This blog post is an excerpt from an article in the fall 2017 issue of Green Teacher Magazine. To read the full article and get access to dozens of other great resources, subscribe to Green Teacher Magazine here. When Duane Gray began teaching seventh grade at Russell Reid Elementary in Brantford, Ontario, more than 22 years ago, he was shocked by his students’ disconnection from nature. “They spent all their time in a suburban or city setting. They couldn’t appreciate what was going on with nature – they had no understanding of it, no vocabulary for it. Even the schoolyard was too sterile. I had problems making citizen science work for them. At some point, I got an email from Bird Studies Canada, talking about their citizen science project, and it fit. I needed something the kids could see wherever they went, and birds were it.  Now... Read More

Education, News from EPI