In Belize, culture, land, and sea come together to form both unique opportunities and unique conservation needs.
Discovering New Worlds
In that moment of immersion, knowledge leads to inspiration.
Our program introduces Belizean youth to local ecological hotspots, places just beyond their back doors, yet places they've never before seen or experienced. While in the field, students become scientists, participating in ongoing research with our partners: The Environmental Research Institute of Belize, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, and Belize Audubon Society. Students collect data, study population control tactics for invasive species along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and learn about jaguar population dynamics at the largest jaguar reserve in the world. This work not only increases their knowledge of the singularity and importance of Belize ecosystems but also empowers them to become global citizens, as they learn how their impact can make a difference in the world.
“EPI helped me see that nature is a part of us and that it can shape our ideas. We can learn from ourselves, about our actions, and build a communal consciousness. As young people, we need to be an example for everybody."
Despite living so close to the Caribbean Sea and to the Mesoamerican Reef, many of our local Belizean students have never been out on the water, never seen the reef in person, and some haven’t yet learned to swim! EPI gives these students the chance to see and experience the incredible beauty and biodiversity right in their own backyard.
In May of 2014, EPI Belize partnered with Days of Healing Program, Om Shanti Yoga Center, and Restore Belize to host a course made up of highly disadvantaged, at-risk youth from the most impoverished areas of Belize... Learn More
My Experience on the EPI Belize Ecology Course
Originally published as a Letter to the Editor in the Amandala Newspaper
A few weeks ago, from March 24 to April 1, a group of 17 persons, including six students from Galen University, four students and a professor from Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon and two instructors from Ecology Project International (EPI-Belize), embarked on a field-based ecology course to Calabash Caye and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. We were going to learn about the ecosystems and importance of these natural resources while also learning to collect scientific data.
Upon our arrival at Calabash Caye, where we spent our first five days,... Learn More