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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 in Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll discover how climate change is impacting this fragile landscape–and what you 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).

EPI’s Individual Student Travel Programs are designed for middle school, high school, and college students. You’ll join a group of other passionate students from all over the country, assist with real wildlife conservation projects, and propel your career path forward with confidence and a new sense of independence.


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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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