The EPI Pathway: Environmental Literacy Empowers Youth
EPI’s curriculum teaches ecological knowledge necessary to understand systems, strategies, and issues; skills necessary to design, analyze, and articulate; and dispositions necessary to connect, feel, and have agency. These core capacities—of knowledge, skills, and dispositions—are the elements required to take an active role in conservation at home and across the globe.
On every EPI course, students:
- Gain first-hand experience and build knowledge about ecological concepts on a local and global scale
- Develop skills through inquiry-based science and immersive, hands-on field research
- Actively participate in authentic conservation and research activities that protect threatened species or habitat
To guide our curricula, we developed a rigorous educational framework based on global best practices in environmental and science education, including Next Generation Science Standards, Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ Framework for 21st Century Learning, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), and others.
Our curriculum and pedagogy are aligned with 21st century standards to maximize the value of our courses for teachers and students, and so that teachers can apply EPI techniques, tools, and content in their own classrooms
Students learn first-hand about the interconnectivity of all species and habitats, and conduct field-based investigations that foster scientific inquiry. We deliver lessons in a student-centered, constructivist, inquiry-based, experiential learning setting.