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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



Ecology Project International immerses students in research with conservation scientists, giving them ample opportunity to experience the scientific process and the satisfaction of collecting data to inform real wildlife management policies. It is one of the easiest ways to get your students involved in real science.  But taking a research trip is not always feasible for schools, and keeping science alive for your classroom year-round is important. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have directed focus on student understanding of scientific concepts through actual practices of science and engineering. Finding and working with a local scientist is one way to accomplish this, but we know that can seem daunting. And yet partnering with a local scientist can offer so much beyond standards: hands-on learning, deeper understanding of how science is applied in the world, real-life role models, career path opportunities, and even possible summer job opportunities for your... Read More

Conservation, Education, 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