EPI Curriculum

Improving environmental literacy through experiential learning

Ecology Project International (EPI) has built learning programs around a mission that focuses on youth, connects with nature, and improves environmental literacy through experiential learning. Now, EPI is reaching out to teachers to connect with nature through free, online, NGSS-framed lessons that prepare students to explore their world. Whether teachers choose to connect through local field experiences, explorations of the schoolyard, or experiential learning on a field-based EPI course, the lessons provided in this sequence will help students question, explore, practice science skills, and understand the importance of preserving and protecting the natural world.

 

The lessons presented here may be used as stand-alone lessons, or as a storyline to introduce concepts addressing energy flow and community interactions, anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems, the value of protecting diversity, and the link between environmental literacy and positive environmental change.

 

Each lesson includes:

  • Resources for teachers to help them inspire students to ask questions

  • Directions on how to use the resources

  • Suggestions for scaffolding

  • Links to standards

  • Various methods of implementation

  • Support from EPI Education.

 

EPI COSTA RICA

Human Impact on the Costa Rican Rainforest

The Pacuare Reserve is the focus of scientific exploration, and animals from the Reserve are highlighted in the lessons. Students will be introduced to the scientific process through authentic data that has been collected onsite, and they will have an opportunity to participate in the scientific process as citizen scientists helping evaluate the data. Anthropogenic impacts in the rainforest are also a focus of the lessons and students get a chance to evaluate the efforts of the Costa Rican government to mitigate negative impacts and solve environmental problems. 

1. Environmental Literacy Overview

NGSS CONNECTIONS

HS-LS2-7

4. Food Webs & Chains in Costa Rica

NGSS CONNECTIONS

HS-LS2-2, HS=LS2-6, SEP 2, SEP 6

7. Students Creating Change

NGSS CONNECTIONS

HS-LS2-7

2. Investigating the Biome & Species of Pacuare Reserve

NGSS CONNECTIONS

HS-LS2-6, HS-ESS2-3, SEP 2

5. Counting Species in the Rainforest

NGSS CONNECTIONS

HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, SEP1, SEP4

3. From Phenomena to Inquiry

NGSS CONNECTIONS

SEP 1, SEP 3, SEP 6

6. Deforestation in Costa Rica Analysis

NGSS CONNECTIONS

HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, SEP2, SEP4, SEP5

Classroom Learning Progressions

Check back soon for our expanded suite of experience-based curriculum bundles.

 
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