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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



Professional development can give science teachers fresh perspectives, new curricula, exciting travel, teambuilding opportunities, and most importantly—renewed inspiration. Every teacher deserves to participate! Unfortunately, many programs are competitive and writing a successful application can be difficult.   So we asked a few of our own EPI Teacher Fellows for advice on how YOU can get into the best teacher trainings, fellowships, and professional development out there. Toward the end, our own Fellowship Experience Coordinator weighs in on what makes her take a second look at applicants to EPI’s Teacher Fellowship program.  1. Start locally Professional development opportunities are available by the thousands, yet some of the best-known programs garner thousands of competitive applications each year. Betsy Craske, the 5th/6th STEM teacher at Sussex School in Missoula, Montana, who recently participated in the Wings Over Water Summer Institute, suggests starting locally with professional... Read More

Education, How To, Professional Development, Travel



The Facts on Trash We all know that trash, especially plastic waste, is a big world problem right now. To put some numbers to it, each year the worlds’ nations generate 1.3 billion tons of solid waste. That amounts to 1.2 kilograms (2.64 pounds) per person per day. According to The World Bank, “With rapid population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025.” Considering that more than half the world’s population does not have access to regular trash collection or management, the environmental pollution and health problems associated with the toxicity of trash will also rise. In terms of economy, trash is a financial burden, requiring cities to spend 20% to 50% of their budgets on waste management. And can you guess who generates the most waste? The United States.  Followed by China, Brazil, Japan, and Germany. “The more urban and... Read More

Conservation, How To