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Mountain Ecology 


  • Explore the ecology of alpine environments

  • Investigate keystone species & predator-prey relationships

  • Raft one of Colorado's wild rivers


How do wolves impact aspen trees? What does an American pika sound like, and what can they tell us about climate change? Investigate the answers to these questions and more as you explore high alpine meadows, study fire ecology and predator-prey relationships, and with any luck, observe the wildlife that call alpine ecosystems home. From your basecamp at the University of Colorado’s Mountain Research Station on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park, you’ll discover how climate change is impacting this fragile landscape–and what you can do to preserve and protect it.

On all of EPI’s student travel programs, students participate in real-life, ongoing wildlife conservation projects with experts in their field. Lessons and activities are rooted in the NGSS standards and are designed to spark students’ passion for environmental science and conservation. It’s time to discover a student travel program like no other, where exploration and science go hand-in-hand!

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Your Fieldwork

Home (away from home) on the range

Discover firsthand what life is like “on top of the world” alongside EPI instructors, the Colorado Pika Project, and researchers from the University of Colorado. Collect data to help scientists understand how ungulates impact aspens in areas where wolves are present. Monitor pika populations, investigate fire ecology, and discover why the Mountain Research Station is at the forefront of climate science.

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