EPI employs local staff and has offices in each of our program countries. Local relationships are imperative to connecting with the community and changing how people interact with their environment.
Headquarters & Yellowstone Program (Missoula)
In 2009 EPI purchased the historic Swift Building along the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, Montana. With the vision of creating a vibrant hub for non-profit activity and conservation education, the Swift Center houses similar mission-based organizations. Together we can better serve the Missoula community, conserve resources, and collaborate on community engagement.
Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, EPI staff at Swift enjoy a park on one side, a river walk on another, sustainable commuting rewards, and a native plant garden. Our EPI Yellowstone program is also based here, though they travel to Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for many of the summer months.
EPI Belize first began in January 2014 from a small, rented cubicle space in the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Building in Belize City. Within a short time, program growth skyrocketed, several more employees were hired, and the office space tripled.
Situated on Belize City's coast, the CZM building's third floor windows provide a breathtaking view of the Caribbean sea and Belize City's stunning skyline. Occasional sightings of dolphins jumping near shore and regular visiting cruise ships in the distance remind staff of the importance of EPI’s work to inspire conservation awareness. The program office also provides the best view of an outdoor concert amphitheater, so it's not surprising when program staff, program vendors, and partners all show up to "work" at night when popular international musicians put on a concert. EPI Belize's office serves as a year-round social, cultural, and conservation-focused hub.
EPI's newest Science & Conservation Education Center (at our oldest program site!) is nestled at the picturesque base of the Heredia mountains in the beautiful and quiet area of Los Angeles of San Rafael. A one-acre native-landscaped campus with offices, participant lodging, instructor housing, and plenty of inspirational outdoor space, our offices are also a home base for workshops, camps, talks, and community engagement activities on site that promote environmental literacy and sustainable living.
In 2014 EPI Galapagos moved into their new offices located on the border between Galapagos National Park and the town of Puerto Ayora. The office has a yard and garden where different endemic plant species can be found, such as Scalesia shrub and opuntia. Behind the office is a two-story house where EPI Galapagos instructors live during the program season. The office is located in a nice, quiet spot of town.
Located in the center of La Paz and about eight blocks from its iconic “Malecón” or boardwalk, the Mexico EPI Campus is a collaborative initiative between EPI and Innovaciones Alumbra that was established in 2006. The campus is known for sheltering the first example of a fin whale skeleton ever reconstructed on Mexican soil. It is the starting and ending point of all EPI courses and has sleeping capacity for 20 students.
The grounds are also used for community events, such as symposiums, talks, and primary school student awareness-raising rallies. The EPI Mexico campus is also known for its sustainability and even receives visits from local schools for guided sustainability tours. All solid waste is separated and recycled, composting area included, the main office building is powered by solar panels, and nearly all plants are endemic. Finally, it is the only place in La Paz where citizens can drop off their glass for recycling.
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