The goals of EPI's Teacher Fellowships are 5-fold:
- Develop your familiarity with EPI’s approach to education through field science.
- Celebrate and reconnect with the fundamentals of how students learn.
- Provide unique experiences and activities to take back to your classroom.
- Build a supportive network of science educators working towards similar goals.
- Introduce you to EPI’s work and promote future student courses to our program sites.
Each professional development program is 8 days in length, and the majority of program costs are funded by EPI. Fellowship program fees range from $300 to $600. This program fee covers all meals, lodging, and activities while on course. EPI works hard to ensure that program fees are not obstacles to participation. Teachers without access to professional development funds through their schools can apply for additional scholarships through EPI. These scholarships are meant to diversify and promote inclusion in the EPI Teacher Fellowship community. Each participant is also responsible for purchasing his/her own round-trip airfare to the designated program city; all other costs are paid by EPI. There is no cost to apply.
- Baja Island Ecology - March 7th - 14th, 2020
- Yellowstone Winter Ecology - April 4th - 11th, 2020
- Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology - April 19th - 26th, 2020
- Belize Marine Ecology - July 20th - 27th, 2020
- Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology - August 8th - 15th, 2020
Eligibility: Due to COVID 19, the 2020 Fellowships have been postponed until the 2021 season (dates to be determined) and the application period for new EPI Teacher Fellows will remain closed until July of 2021.
For more information: Download EPI's Professional Development Catalog, read about EPI's Educational Framework and learn more about EPI's Educational Partners
Meet our 2020 Fellows
Quotes from past fellows:
“EPI did in one week what nearly 30 years of post-baccalaureate coursework in science could not…Ecology Project International established in me new habits that make me a better Earth steward, a more conscious role model for my students, and a parent who practices what she preaches for my own kids’ future generations.”
"This was unlike any experience I've had before; it was engaging, empowering, positive, thought-provoking, and motivating. I'm so impressed, overall, with the quality of professional development we received.
“The best professional development experience I have had so far! A much-needed re-invigoration of my passion for teaching. Also personally an awe-inspiring and fascinating experience. I am so thankful for having been selected for this program. A very positive experience in every sense.”
“This experience reminded me of why I love science, why I am the environmental club advisor, and how much I want my students to experience this. This was by far the best course I have ever taken.”
"It motivated me to bring more citizen science into my classroom and look for real research opportunities for my students with scientists from local communities."