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.
Life-changing experiences in the field are continued through the Bitterroot Wildlife Internship where students delve into intensive, four week-long sessions focusing on ecological education, conservation service, and hands-on research at the MPG Ranch in Lolo, Montana.
The program culminates in a symposium-style poster session, open to the public, where interns share the findings of their independent research projects.
Meet some of our alumni and the wildlife they're working to protect.
B Bar Ranch
Custer-Gallatin National Forest (Gardiner Ranger District)
National Parks Conservation Association
Yellowstone Bear Management Team Yellowstone Bison Management Team
Yellowstone Botany Team
Yellowstone Wolf Project
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Cross Charitable Foundation
The William H. and Margaret M. Wallace Foundation
State of Montana GEAR UP Program
AMB West Community Fund
The Lightfoot Foundation
Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund