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News from the Field: EPI’s Latest Updates

EPI's field season is in full swing, engaging students and local communities in meaningful conservation work and environmental education. We're excited to share updates from our field sites, highlighting the vibrant activities and achievements of our programs this year!

More than 100 local Costa Rican teachers and students have participated in an EPI program this year.

Costa Rica

Celebrating World Sea Turtle Day — Every Day!

As we gear up for World Sea Turtle Day on June 16, EPI's activities in Costa Rica are bustling with energy. This year, over a hundred local students and teachers have participated in EPI experiences, fostering their understanding of marine conservation and the ecology of their own backyard. In March and April alone, 898 total visitors joined us to get involved in research and educational activities, reflecting the growing interest and support for our conservation efforts.

Significant improvements have been made at Pacuare Reserve, thanks to the dedication of volunteers and groups like Humanos para el Mundo and Firefighters of Costa Rica. One major milestone was the completion of the hatchery at the south station, providing a safe haven for turtle eggs. Since March, turtle censuses have been conducted at full speed, and we’re currently calling for volunteers to help prepare habitat for Agami herons by clearing the lagoon.

Preparing Agami heron habitat. Photo: Batsu Estudio


Wrapping Up the Winter Season

The winter season in Yellowstone has come to a successful close. From January through April, EPI conducted 17 courses, serving 224 participants. While snow science was less prominent this year, participants engaged in extensive ungulate monitoring and park exploration. We’re also excited to announce that Yellowstone has a new van, enhancing our ability to transport students and equipment efficiently. As we transition into the warmer months, we look forward to more dynamic fieldwork and educational opportunities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

A student uses telemetry to track wildlife in Yellowstone National Park.


This year, we’ve held 14 local courses and several visiting courses, including two for educators. A notable reflection from a Vail Mountain School student highlights the profound impact of these experiences: “I’m a lot more conscious of my actions and decisions as a result of this course... I feel that this course has made me a better and more thoughtful person as a whole.”

Stanford Online School students on a Baja Marine Science course this spring.

World Water Day Celebrations

The La Paz community celebrated World Water Day with diverse artistic programs, contests, workshops, and talks, raising awareness about marine conservation. EPI's Californios Verdes Eco Club played a vital role, offering environmental education and engaging the community in the protection of the bay’s marine life.


Engaging Student Groups in the Enchanted Isles

In the Galapagos, we welcomed two visiting student groups from Bishop O’Dowd and Columbia Grammar School. These students had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the world's most extraordinary ecosystems, learning firsthand about the challenges and triumphs of conservation in the Galapagos.


Exploring the Maya and Marine Ecosystems

Belize has been a hub of activity, with seven engaging courses completed for 105 participants so far this year. Students had the opportunity to explore the ancient Maya site Xunantunich, sail through mangroves and seagrass areas, and explore the Maya Rainforest, all while contributing to meaningful wildlife and conservation work. Our research initiatives in partnership with TREES and Tobacco Caye Marine Station continue to thrive, and we’re eagerly anticipating four more courses scheduled this summer.

Oregon Episcopal Highschool “traveling back in time” in the ancient Xunantunich.

Join Us

As our programs continue to grow and evolve, we invite you to join us in our mission. Whether you're interested in supporting our mission through a donation, participating in a course, or simply learning more about our work, your support is invaluable. Together, we can make a lasting impact on our planet’s most vital ecosystems.

Thank you for staying connected with EPI. Until next time, stay inspired and keep making a difference in your own communities!


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