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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


EPI has offices and staff in five countries. 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.

Visit our local EPI Belize website! Learn More

Costa Rica

¡Visitá nuestro sitio web local de EPI Costa Rica! Más información

Galápagos Islands

Visite nuestro sitio web local de EPI Ecuador! Más información


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


Visit our local EPI Yellowstone website! Learn More


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