Dear Friend of EPI,
Change is one constant in life, and in recognition of this, I am sharing news with you of change on the horizon. After thoughtful consideration, my EPI Co-founder, Julie Osborn, will be stepping down from her role as Advancement Director later this year. This has been a transition that she has thought about and that we have discussed - as a team, with the board, and with our staff - for many months, as it is paramount for the organization and the many youth we serve that we ensure an effective transition. We at EPI are deeply grateful for Julie's vision and leadership during the nearly two decades since we set out on this journey together.
Given Julie's leadership role with both the strategic direction of the organization and the acquisition of funds to support our mission, our transition plan involves two... Read More
During Nicole Xiao’s annual visits to China, she recognized that the air she breathed was full of toxic contaminants. Some days she wouldn’t even venture outside! This experience catalyzed her to take action on behalf of the vulnerable bees in her own community in Moscow, Idaho, and to apply for EPI’s Alumni Leadership Award.
EPI strives to inspire, and then nurture, lifelong conservation in the students that participate in our courses. To that end, EPI annually offers the Alumni Leadership Award to students who are passionate about pursuing their own conservation projects. This year, EPI granted three Leadership Awards to forward-thinking and creative alumni, all eager to help protect our shared environment.
Nicole is passionate about pollinators, and concerned by their rapidly declining populations and diversity. In particular, of the 4,000 native species of bees in North America, she let us know that half of... Read More
EPI Galapagos held its annual festival in celebration of International Sea Turtle Day on Isabela Island. This year's fair had the usual celebratory music, games, and presentations on sea turtle ecology and conservation. But what made it particularly special were Mola Mola Eco-club members Ibrahi Rodriguez and Erick Ojeda.
For the last year, Ibrahi and Erick have taken their conservation leadership to the next level. Wanting to engage the Isabela community in green sea turtle conservation, Ibrahi and Erick developed and fundraised for their own local initiative, including winning one of EPI's Leadership Awards. To begin their initiative, they surveyed the community to get a sense of the locals' depth of sea turtle conservation knowledge. Then, they planned and held EPI-like sea turtle ecology courses for young community members. Their goal was to inspire youth to take action and protect this... Read More