Inspiring the next generation of Northern Rockies conservation leaders
Ecology Project International is a nonprofit, educational organization like no other. Our mission is to improve and inspire science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships. We empower youth to take an active role in conservation.
We have been delivering life changing wildlife ecology courses in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for middle and high school students since 2008. Ecology Project International's Yellowstone courses provide unparalleled opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning in the field, including to interact with Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologists and contribute to real scientific research in our world's first national park.
Our courses teach students how to think, not what to think.
Student Stories: Meet Jackson
Jackson, a 14-year-old hailing from Moscow, Idaho, arrived in Yellowstone National Park on a 2016 EPI Yellowstone course with a fully-formed love for science. After he was exposed to wintertime ecology and field research in Yellowstone, though, his interest in wildlife biology took flight. By learning about conservation issues surrounding moose, cougar, and wolves, Jackson witnessed firsthand the potential for humans to both harm and help wildlife, as well as the intricacies of natural systems. Ultimately, his “eyes were really opened to the wonder that is ecology.” Jackson not only became passionate about ecological research, but also gained a fundamental understanding of conservation and the power inherent in a group of people working towards a common goal. As Jackson eloquently explained, “I now understand that change is something everyone must take part in for it to be effective.”