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In Yellowstone National Park, the sun beats down and grasshoppers buzz as Ecology Project International (EPI) local high school student Skyla places a headset over her ears and listens for a beep. Her eyes scan the grasslands as she slowly sweeps her arm from east to west, listening for the strongest intensity of signal. There! She notes the direction to her partner, Tyler, and the group hikes in that direction—to locate a radio-collared bison and record the current herd dynamics for park biologists. Ready-made, immersive field science experiences like this for you and your students are available through EPI’s field ecology programs. But what if you want to build the concepts and practices of field science into your classroom every day? Citizen science projects can help you fill that void. The internet age has made recording and sharing data fast... Read More

Education, How To, Nature, Science

Ecology Project International immerses students in research with conservation scientists, giving them ample opportunity to experience the scientific process and the satisfaction of collecting data to inform real wildlife management policies. It is one of the easiest ways to get your students involved in real science.  But taking a research trip is not always feasible for schools, and keeping science alive for your classroom year-round is important. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have directed focus on student understanding of scientific concepts through actual practices of science and engineering. Finding and working with a local scientist is one way to accomplish this, but we know that can seem daunting. And yet partnering with a local scientist can offer so much beyond standards: hands-on learning, deeper understanding of how science is applied in the world, real-life role models, career path opportunities, and even possible summer job opportunities for your... Read More

Conservation, Education, Science

When you hear “Galapagos,” what comes to mind? Lumbering giant tortoises? Deep and cold, turquoise waters? Sea lions lounging with marine iguanas? Of all the things that come to mind, there is one principle that unites them all—uniqueness driven by evolution. Due to the Galapagos’ isolation, volcanic origin, and relative youth, the 127 islands, islets, and rocks forming the archipelago boast a uniquely high level of endemism—species found nowhere else on earth. There are 2,909 marine species that have been identified in the Galapagos, and of these, more than 520 are endemic. Charles Darwin noted descriptions of speciation in the finches and mockingbirds of the islands - species which had adapted over millions of years to survive in the habitats and microclimates of each island. The volcanic slivers of land known as the Galapagos Islands lie above the boundaries of three tectonic plates, and... Read More

Climate Change, Conservation, Education