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College programs in Environmental Studies and Ecology are some of the fastest-growing fields of study, and many of the programs have gotten competitive. Whichever your dream school, the question is: What can you do to set yourself apart and get accepted? Ecology Project International (EPI) has compiled a list of tips and resources that can help you get the experience and skills you need to get into the program of your dreams—or find work in environmental studies and conservation. Real Wildlife Research Experience No other experience can make your application shine as much as doing real wildlife research. Going on a field science expedition, working with wildlife, assisting scientists, collecting critical data, helping to save endangered species: most people don’t get those kinds of experiences until grad school. If you can find a way to get real research experience, you’ll be taking... Read More

Conservation, Education, Science

For a long time, science (and math, and technology, and…) have been taught in a way that does not engage most students. A teacher presents an underlying scientific principle, often in a neat, abstract equation form, and then after students do some rote repetition of said formula, the teacher might present a few real-life examples in order to make it all seem “real.” However, those applications mentioned aren’t necessarily relevant to the students’ life, interests, or curiosities. They fail to engage. The Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS) encourage teachers to flip this old regime on its head. Instead of beginning with an abstract scientific concept, lecture, and/or memorization, the NGSS recognizes that you—like any presenter or actor—must first engage your audience. The NGSS humanize students, respect their curiosity, and urge teachers to first tap into students’ interest in... Read More

Conservation, Education, Nature, Professional Development, Science

Lightning cracks 360 degrees around us at the campground outside Gardiner, Montana. Inside the Ecology Project International van, EPI instructor Lila, Jess⁠⁠—a science teacher from the small town of Deer Lodge, Montana, six junior high school students, and I all huddle. Giant raindrops smack on the windows, then pebble-sized hail. In the white flashes, Electric Peak looms inside Yellowstone National Park. EPI’s safety policies dictate that we’ll be in the van until instructors can count to ten after a lightning flash before hearing thunder. We’re at less than a second right now, thunder shaking the van. It’s our third time waiting out a storm in the van this week, and we’re all a bit slaphappy. We tell jokes, riddles, storm stories, and already wax nostalgic for moments we shared just earlier today in the Park. I’ve joined... Read More

Conservation, Education, Nature, Science, Travel