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Galapagos Islands
Ecology Program


  • Observe animals found nowhere else on Earth

  • Explore secluded waters & islands

  • Conduct hands-on research with Galapagos tortoises in the wild


This once-in-a-lifetime student travel program will give you the opportunity to assist with some of the world's most fascinating wildlife. Through EPI's partnership with the Ecuadorian nonprofit ECOS and the Mola Mola Student Eco Club, you’ll leave the tourist sites behind to collect meaningful data and contribute to broad conservation efforts in the Galapagos. Return home excited by nature and science and equipped with a deeper understanding of the conservation issues impacting this unique ecosystem.


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

Go behind the scenes and

work with tortoises

The Chato Reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz is home to one of the world's most incredible species: the Galapagos giant tortoise.  Help park rangers track and monitor the species through EPI's exclusive partnership with the Galapagos National Park.

GalapagosA Teacher Who Travels
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Partner Profile

Dr. Stephen Blake is a renowned scientist, exceptional teacher, and inspirational mentor for EPI students. Known for his extensive work with giant tortoises, Stephen hopes to inspire youth to conserve this distinctive species and its habitat, and to share how real scientists work. EPI students participate in his research by counting seeds in tortoise dung - determining giant tortoise migration and seed dispersal of native and invasive plant species. EPI is thrilled to partner with Dr. Blake to inspire and prepare youth to become the conservation leaders of tomorrow.

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