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Hi friends!  Shoutout to those of you I worked with in Yellowstone this winter, since I personally know how awesome you are. And to everyone else who made it to Yellowstone this year, I’ve heard great things!  Finally, to those of you who were scheduled to attend a Yellowstone course, I wish we could have met you, but under the circumstances, I just hope everyone is safe and well.   I’m missing Yellowstone landscapes like this one but grateful to be in a safe spot where I can access other beautiful, if less obviously spectacular, outdoor areas. Since I’m lucky enough to be in rural Vermont and outdoors just about every day, I am going to loosely model this blog post after an EPI course.  Following the winter EPI Yellowstone structure, here’s a photographic overview of the... Read More

Alumni, Education, Professional Development, Science



This year, the first baula—Costa Rican for leatherback sea turtle—emerged on the night of February 2nd from the dark Caribbean waves, and onto the shores of Ecology Project International’s Pacuare Reserve. EPI Costa Rica Research Coordinator Claudio Quesada and volunteers welcomed her quietly, and under soft, red light did their best to unobtrusively collect her measurements as she entered her natural nesting “trance.” The 2,000-acre Pacuare Reserve safeguards one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for the endangered leatherback sea turtle. The Reserve’s beach is the only one on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast reporting a stable trend in nests from year to year. Worldwide, illegal harvest, entanglement in fishing gear, climate change, beachfront development, and industrial lighting near beaches that disorient hatchlings have all contributed to this ancient reptile’s steep decline. (Read... Read More

Climate Change, Conservation, Education, Nature, Science



“Environmental Literacy” might be the phrase of the decade in educator circles. But what is it? What does a lesson that builds environmental literacy look like? And why does it matter for teachers like you? Fifty years ago, in an Audubon publication, a founding member of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society coined the phrase “environmentally literate citizen.” But only recently have educators and organizations tried to break down what environmental literacy really means—and to create frameworks, tools, and policies for accomplishing it through education. Ecology Project International uses the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s and the North American Association of Environmental Education’s definition of an environmentally literate person as: “Someone who demonstrates the knowledge, dispositions, competencies, and behavior to actively engage—individually or as a group—in addressing environmental challenges.” How do those four... Read More

Conservation, Education, Professional Development, Science