Each year thousands of students, both local to the program site and visiting from around the world, join EPI on multi-day field courses. Our courses combine hands-on field science and conservation, inquiry-based learning, and authentic cultural exchange that inspire and empower youth to take an active role in conservation.
More than 70%
of our participants are underserved youth living near our project sites.
Lasting conservation depends on local community support and engagement.
"I want to get involved in the future in [the EPI Ecoclub] Sebalí. I want to start teaching my family how to take care of the environment. I want to study biology and be able to repair the damage that the human being has done to the environment."Eva, local EPI Costa Rica student
Nest temperature determines hatchling sex - warmer temps mean more female hatchlings.
Less than 1% of fertile leatherback eggs will reach adulthood.
Surviving hatchlings will grow from 1.5 oz at birth to more than 1,000 lbs as an adult!
15-25 years after birth, female leatherbacks return to their birth beach to lay their own eggs.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR IMPACT AT EACH OF OUR PROGRAM SITES
At Pacuare Beach, where our students work in Costa Rica,
the predation rate of nesting turtle sites dropped from
98% in 2000,
to less than 1% today.