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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 and your students 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 in Rocky Mountain National Park, students will discover how climate change is impacting this fragile landscape–and what they can do to protect it. There is an option to earn 3 undergraduate credits through the University of Montana (separate registration process and tuition fees apply).


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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* Enroll at least 9 students with deposits by July 1st to receive Early Bird Pricing

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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