Yellowstone Field Instructor
Rebecca Allen, an instructor for Ecology Project International's Yellowstone Program, brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for science education and conservation. Originally from Ohio, Rebecca has called Vermont home for the past 12 years, although she has lived in various locations from Florida to Alaska throughout her life. Rebecca's academic journey began at Princeton University, where she earned a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a focus on Marine Biology and Neotropical Ecology. After college, she explored three different paths: outdoor education, trail work, and bat conservation and research.
Following her passion for education, she pursued a degree at Union Graduate School and began designing courses at Burr and Burton Academy. With a diverse range of experiences, including being a spin yoga and meditation teacher and holding First Aid certification, Rebecca has constantly followed her passion for education and the outdoors.
EPI's teacher fellowship provided her with an opportunity to revisit the roots of her career. Over the years, Rebecca has served as a classroom teacher and department chair, accumulating over a decade of teaching experience. EPI's mission perfectly aligns with Rebecca's core belief that science and nature can inspire and empower students to become the next generation of conservationists. The organization's focus on science field research, outdoor education, adventure, and science teaching resonates deeply with her.
In her limited free time, Rebecca embraces a wide range of activities. She teaches spin classes, practices and teaches Yin Yoga, runs, hikes, camps, backpacks, travels, attends retreats, and reads a substantial amount of non-fiction. She also enjoys hosting dinner parties for friends. Rebecca finds joy in simple pleasures such as a good cup of coffee, witnessing a breathtaking sunset, or observing loons on a serene lake. Rebecca's commitment to science education and conservation, along with her extensive teaching experience and diverse background, make her an invaluable member of the Ecology Project International team.
Her dedication to inspiring students and fostering their connection with nature aligns perfectly with EPI's mission. Rebecca's accomplishments, including coaching a science Olympiad team that reached nationals and being an EPI fellow in 2022, reflect her expertise and commitment to educational excellence.