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A Summer Internship for our Alumni!

The Bitterroot Wildlife Internship (BWI) is an intensive, 4-week long internship focused on ecological education, conservation service, and hands-on research at the MPG Ranch in Lolo, Montana.

 

The internship provides high school students the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with scientists that are conducting on-going studies. The experience culminates in a symposium-style poster session, open to the public, where interns share the findings of their own independent projects.

 

The application period for the 2023 BWI Internship is now open!

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Season Highlights

Protecting 
vulnerable ecosystems 
in Yellowstone

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Yellowstone

Season Highlights

Yellowstone National Park sits in one of the last nearly intact temperate ecosystems on the planet. And it’s home to some of the continent’s most charismatic wildlife, like bison and grizzly bear, species once on the very brink of extinction.

 

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is intact because of the determination of citizens and scientists who have supported, preserved, reintroduced, and managed these critical species and habitats-otherwise it would be lost.

 

EPI’s programming develops this conservation mindset by engaging local students in scientific research and providing deep experiences with the natural world. These students arrive in the field as inquisitive youth and emerge as empowered, inspired conservation leaders.

Beyond 

the Fieldwork

Life-changing experiences in the field are continued through in-depth alumni programs, like the Bitterroot Wildlife Internship, which provide students with a more extended and self-driven experiences in ecological studies and conservation service. 

EPI's alumni opportunities build on our core educational programs, deepening the impact on our students. Through independent research projects and mentorship with scientists, these programs change lives. 

Meet some of our alumni and the wildlife they're working to protect.

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EPI's Yellowstone Ecology field-based programs immerse participants in the sights, sounds, and conditions of the locations where they're studying. In Yellowstone, groups sleep, eat, and study outdoors, meaning they’re subject to the changing weather of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and so is the equipment they use.

 

Your contributions to the Yellowstone program's Fuel the Field wishlist ensures we have the equipment needed to keep students safe and comfortable while they enjoy place-based education and hands-on research!

Check out our wishlist items to see how you can make a meaningful contribution to each participant’s experience.

Research on the Range

Binos and spotting scopes are crucial to our fieldwork – receiving heavy use in a challenging climate.

Sun Shades & Shelters

In Yellowstone, we camp, learn, & dine outdoors, and shades provide protection from the sun & rain.

Sleeping Outdoors

Durable, high-quality tents are needed to keep up with the rigors of Yellowstone's climate.

Snowshoes

Data collection in winter provides extra opportunities for learning and adventure via snowshoe!

Feeding the Field

Participants prepare meals together using cookstoves and camping coolers.

Safe Travels

Safe student transportation is a top priority, and keeping our adventure rigs maintained is a tall order.

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