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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



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



Professional development can give science teachers fresh perspectives, new curricula, exciting travel, teambuilding opportunities, and most importantly—renewed inspiration. Every teacher deserves to participate! Unfortunately, many programs are competitive and writing a successful application can be difficult.   So we asked a few of our own EPI Teacher Fellows for advice on how YOU can get into the best teacher trainings, fellowships, and professional development out there. Toward the end, our own Fellowship Experience Coordinator weighs in on what makes her take a second look at applicants to EPI’s Teacher Fellowship program.  1. Start locally Professional development opportunities are available by the thousands, yet some of the best-known programs garner thousands of competitive applications each year. Betsy Craske, the 5th/6th STEM teacher at Sussex School in Missoula, Montana, who recently participated in the Wings Over Water Summer Institute, suggests starting locally with professional... Read More

Education, Professional Development, Travel