Missoula nonprofit celebrates 15 years

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Two things make Missoula really great: our passionate and giving people and the fun events happening nearly every day. Combine these two, and you’ll find yourself at Ecology Project International’s (EPI) 15th Anniversary First Friday Event from 5-8 PM on June 5th. Delicious local food, wine, beer, and music will be on tap, and a raffle drawing for a cruise for two to the Galapagos will cap off this night of celebration at the historic Swift Building.

Join EPI on First Friday, as they celebrate 15 years of global impact through conservation education with three other local nonprofits who call the Swift Center home. As part of this family-friendly First Friday, your kids can participate in live bug and ground water flow activities guided by the Watershed Education Network, and you can tour the offices of the Wild Rockies Field Institute, EPI, and the Missoula Community Foundation. With a complimentary beer or wine in hand, you’ll also enjoy photography by local artists who feature the flora and fauna of the places EPI works to protect – from Yellowstone to Costa Rica to the Sea of Cortez.

Outside, EPI will be selling $25 tickets for their annual Galapagos Cruise for Two raffle, and the winner will be drawn at 7:30 PM (do not need to be present to win). From 5:30-7:00 PM, kids and adults alike can dance along to the music of Soul City, a New Orleans-style brass band and, later in the evening, to the sweet sounds of The Missing Lynx, a rotating cast of bluegrass and folk musicians.

And what’s an anniversary party without cake? Come early for Bernice’s cupcakes and stay for dinner with one of Missoula’s favorite food trucks – Bao Chow, Masala, and Clove Cart will be at the event, and each is donating a portion of their proceeds for the night to EPI.

If those things don’t get you pumped, then at least stop by to tour the Swift Center, the first historic building in Missoula to be retro-fitted with super energy-efficient Glo Windows. Whatever your reason, join EPI on June 5thfrom 5-8 PM to celebrate the wonderful and passion-driven organizations and people of Missoula.

In the words of EPI co-founder Julie Osborn, “We are so grateful to the Missoula community for their generous and enthusiastic support and for providing such an inspirational place to do our work. We are looking forward to celebrating EPI’s big milestone with our community on June 5th and showcasing the new renovations to the historic Swift building.”

If you can’t attend, you can still purchase Galapagos cruise raffle tickets any time before noon on June 5th by calling EPI at 406-721-8784 between 9-5, Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Jessica Zephyrs at 406-721-8784 or at Jessica@ecologyproject.org.

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Ecology Project International is a conservation education non-profit like no other. They involve young people from the U.S. and Latin America in hands-on science and conservation projects that protect species and habitat in six countries. Over 18,000 students have participated in their field programs since 2000, with over 60% of those participants being underserved local youth living in communities adjacent to the project site. Their impact is profound on both local and visiting students, establishing a lifelong commitment to conservation and empowering the next generation of conservation leaders.