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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



In Baja, Ecology Project International's home base in Mexico, the turquoise crescent of the Gulf of California is framed by desert—an impossible contrast of translucent waters against a wind-sculpted rockscape. At first glance, you might think it was empty of life, but under the surface of the water is a vibrant jungle. Eight hundred species of fish thrive here—77 of which are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else on earth. Nearly 5,000 species of invertebrates, from bristling sea stars to iridescent mantis shrimp, creep along the bottom or float in the current.  Around 70 million years ago, near the age of the extinction of dinosaurs, the Colorado River was born. As it grew, it channeled trillions of gallons of fresh water and nutrients into the growing Gulf of California. In the past century, however, the development of the Hoover and Glen Canyon Dams among... Read More

Conservation, Education, Nature, Nonprofit, Professional Development, Science, Travel



Belize’s coastal ecosystems are deeply diverse. From thrumming inland rainforests to dense processions of mangroves, rich seagrass beds, and expansive coral reefs, Belize buzzes with life. These unique ecological communities form the backbone of Belize’s environmental health, and Ecology Project International (EPI) students work with local conservation organizations to protect them. The Mesoamerican Reef system in Belize is second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Its giant coralline structure has protected the Belizean coastline and communities for eons from the tempestuousness of the sea. The reef itself has historically been protected from inland and coastal pollution by an expansive filtration system—mangrove forests.  Mangroves are incredible examples of evolution. One of the only types of trees that can thrive in partial seawater submersion, mangroves survive by perching above their submerged anchor roots. They also have evolved complex methods to... Read More

Conservation, Education, Nature, Science, Travel