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Local Communities: A Fundamental Part of EPI

Educating, Inspiring, and Empowering Local Youth

More than 70% of EPI's participants are local residents living near our project sites: Belizeans, Costa Ricans, Galapagueños, etc. These teens grew up within sight of some of our world's most precious natural resources, yet often never personally explored these habitats or developed their own connections to them. For conservation efforts to succeed, involvement of local citizens is essential.

EPI is the only organization that involves young people from the U.S. and Latin America in hands-on science and conservation projects that protect species and habitat in five countries, bridging the gap between cultures and empowering the next generation of conservation leaders. Through our experiential field programs - plus community outreach, such as student science symposia and eco-rallies - EPI increases environmental literacy and actively engages local youth in conservation.

"We will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught."

Baba Dioum

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LOCAL PROGRAMS

EPI has offices and staff in five countries. Our local, in-country websites are still under construction. Check back here soon to learn more about our local programs, local youth, events, Eco-Clubs, and campuses, as well as the critical conservation and education needs we're addressing in each country. Please note that local sites are in the native language of that program.
Belize

Visit our local EPI Belize website! Learn More

Galapagos

Visite nuestro sitio web local de EPI Galapagos! Más información

Mexico

¡Visite nuestro sitio web local de EPI Mexico! Más información

Yellowstone

Visit our local EPI Yellowstone website! Learn More

Student Stories: Meet A.J.
Meet A.J. – Yellowstone Participant with a Unique Perspective

“I learned that people have different views and opinions about wildlife and conservation, and you have to be able to talk respectfully if you want to get anything done.” Learn More

Student Stories: Meet Ivan
Radiating Positive Impact

“I believe that, as students, we can have a long-term positive impact as the next generation in Galapagos.” Learn More