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. Accepted applicants are required to pay a $250 program fee prior to November 1st, which covers all meals, lodging, and activities while on course. 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.
Eligibility: Teachers from any country are welcome to apply. While EPI's programs focus on students in grades 7-12, applications from teachers at any educational level are welcome.
Meet our 2017 Fellows
Professional development fellowships we offer:
Yellowstone Winter Ecology
Focus Area: Wildlife Biology; Conservation Management Practices
EPI partners with the National Park Service to bring students and educators into the park and onto critical research projects that enhance our understanding of wildlife dynamics. You'll work with a cougar research team while you explore this unique landscape on snowshoes.
Baja Sea Turtle Ecology
Focus Area: Natural Resource Management & Sustainable Development
The southern Baja peninsula offers a wide variety of marine wildlife and unique terrestrial ecosystems. You will camp in the dunes along Magdalena Bay, one of the primary calving waters for North Pacific Gray Whales. A strong traditional fishing culture shares these rich waters with a resident green sea turtle population, and our program helps support local fishermen's efforts to monitor and evaluate the status of these populations.
Baja Island Ecology
Focus Areas: Marine Ecosystems; Program Development; Involving Youth in Conservation and Building Sustainable Communities
Baja's Sea of Cortez is a World Heritage Site. While it remains a remarkably rich tropical marine ecosystem, it is slowly being diminished by human impacts, which makes the work of cataloging and studying its marine species a critical task. On course, you'll stay on Espiritu Santo Island, where you'll learn about this fragile ecosystem while participating in and evaluating past and future research projects. You'll also meet local youth and share methods of engaging your students in conservation, at home and abroad.
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology
Focus Areas: Field Research; Rainforest Ecology
At field sites along the Caribbean coast, EPI works with partner organizations to monitor and protect the incredible and ancient leatherback sea turtle. Working alongside researchers, you will monitor the nesting beaches for adult turtles coming to shore while you learn about the greater systems and ecology that enmesh this critically endangered species.
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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."