Thursday, September 2, 2010

Greatest Hits from Motion-Activated Cameras

Students that participate in our Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology course assist the Forest Service with the data collection at several locations throughout the Gallatin National Forest. Motion-activated cameras have been pointed at bear hair snares scented with anise oil in order to gain insight into the regional bear population. Here are some of the greatest hits from the cameras that our students have checked over the past few years:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How to stay involved in conservation

So…you’ve been on an EPI trip, did conservation, and learned how you can make a difference. Now what?

EPI wants to help you continue to be an active conservation leader. That’s why we started the Alumni Awards, to give you cash to carry out a project that makes a difference.

The first place Conservation Leader award is $500, the Explorer award is $250, and the Rising Star award is $100.

Applications are due September 30, 2010.

Find out more

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Students in the Field!

Four school groups -two from Montana- have made it out to the field this season to work with the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service on our summer research programs for high school students in Yellowstone. All of our groups have come back with amazing stories, experiences and Yellowstone wildlife sightings. Two more programs to go this summer!

Contact us today to get involved in one of our courses in wildlife conservation during the 2011 season!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

EPI is hiring Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program Instructors and Interns!

Ecology Project International is currently seeking instructors and interns to teach 7 to 9 day field ecology courses to high school students in Montana, USA. Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, raise cultural and ecological awareness, and promote international conservation efforts. Each summer, EPI offers residential ecology courses to U.S. and international student groups from June through August in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Students camp in the Gallatin National Forest while working with the US Forest Service to collect data for various wildlife research projects. During the course, students also spend a few days in the Centennial Valley collecting data for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and working on restoration service projects with The Nature Conservancy. Additionally, they explore Yellowstone National Park and go whitewater rafting. See complete job descriptions here. To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and an EPI instructor or intern application to by March 29th, 2010.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Green building: Eco-friendly businesses come together under 1 roof

A century after its construction, the muscular building at the end of South Fourth Street East contains a new grab-bag of tenants intent on distributing their green ideas the other direction. Led by an educational outreach business called Ecology Project International, the latest incarnation of the Swift Building wants to touch the world from Missoula.

"So many nonprofit (businesses) are trying to make the world a better place," said EPI co-founder Julie Osborn. "The more we work together, the faster we'll get there."

Read the full article in the Missoulian.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

EPI published in nature center journal!

We are members of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA), an organization that promotes and supports best leadership and management practices for the nature and environmental learning center profession.

Check out their latest journal edition and scroll to page six to read about EPI’s campus in La Paz and recent accomplishments:

Our campus facility in La Paz, Baja California Sur was established in 2006 as part of our dedication to our local students and the communities where they live. The campus contains a wealth of resources for our participants, staff, partners, and community members including a fin whale skeleton, an outdoor ‘palapa’ classroom, a resource library, two kitchens, plus dormitories and beds for up to 30 visitors.

Visit our Picasa website to see pictures of the EPI campus, and if you have been here before, you just might see someone you know!

Monday, January 11, 2010

How can a dream + action can save the world’s sea turtles?

Watch a video with Scott Pankratz, speaking about how he was inspired to start EPI and how others can pursue their passion and help the world.

To see the video, visit:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Students to Travel to Study, Save Endangered Turtles


Students under Gloria Zakers' tutelage at Montessori School & International Academy venture near and far – from the local mangrove lagoons and ancient forests to the United Nations programs in New York – to watching spectacular humpback whales toss about off Baja California.

It is Zakers' aim to give the youngsters a taste of the world, from political debates on the floor of the UN to exploring marine life in the deep blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

This year they are set on a journey to visit Costa Rica's Pacuare Nature Reserve, a protected leatherback turtle preserve with four miles of beach and a 2,000-acre lowland tropical forest.. The students will collect data from nesting sea turtles, working with local scientists to help one of the world's most critically endangered species.

Read full story

Friday, December 18, 2009

Spring Break in the Galapagos Islands

Want to travel somewhere out of the ordinary for Spring Break?

Ecology Project International is accepting applications for the Galapagos Islands Ecology Program during Spring Break. Dates: March 27- April 7, 2010.

Apply online today!

For more information contact: Haley Hanson
Phone: 406.721.8784

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Vote for Ecology Project International on Facebook

Chase Community Giving is donating $5,000,000 to charities around the USA and EPI may be one of those organizations! Facebook users are voting for the recipients!

Important Dates:
The first round of voting ends December 11th.
Chase with announce winners on December 15th- the top 100 organizations will each be awarded $25,000.
Final voting continues from January 15-22, 2010 and the 1 million and $100,000 award winners will be announced February 1st.

Simply click this link and vote for EPI! Share this opportunity with your facebook friends!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Open Enrollment Courses Available in Costa Rica, Mexico and Galapagos

EPI has a few spaces left on select courses for students interested in joining a pre-established group. If you are out-going, confident, and ready for the learning adventure of a lifetime, contact our office today for more information about the following courses:

Baja Whale Ecology Program:
March 27 – April 4, 2010

Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program:
June 19 – June 27, 2010
June 25 – July 6, 2010
July 6 – July 17, 2010

Galapagos Islands Ecology Program:
April 8 – April 19, 2010

Call our office: 406.721.8784 or write Joshua Klaus ( for more information about how to get involved in our work.

Now is the best time to plan your learning adventure with EPI. Sign-up today on-line!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Big Sky teacher who showed 'Story of Stuff' earns EcoDareDevil Award

By Michael Moore of the Missoulian
September 12, 2009

By the time the dust settled on the so-called "Story of Stuff" debate, Big Sky High School teacher Kathleen Kennedy wasn't sure she wanted to teach any more.

But as the teaching community, University of Montana professors and much of Missoula rallied to her defense, Kennedy found herself revitalized and ready again for the classroom.

"I realized that there's nothing short of our future at stake, and I knew I had a role to play in that," she said Friday.

Her performance in that role has now earned her a national honor from an environmental group that has fashioned its award after another well-known Montanan, Evel Knievel.

It's called the EcoDareDevil Award, and Kennedy will receive it next Friday in Butte, Knievel's hometown, in a ceremony at Montana Tech. That's World Water Monitoring Day, which makes sense given that the award is bestowed by a group called Ocean Revolution.

"I just see winning the award as another way to talk about the importance of us paying attention to what's going on in the world," Kennedy said. "That's what motivates me, the chance to inspire people to not be complacent about the issues we're facing as a society."

Learn more...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Thanks to your overwhelming support and persistence, EPI is one of four winners through Changemakers and Conde Nast World Traveler Challenge. As a winner, EPI will be featured in the Reader's Choice issue of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine in November.

To read EPI's entry and view the other winners, you may visit Changemaker's website at:


By being featured in this magazine, we will be able to reach many more people - from all around the world - and we could not have done it without your support!

This win is not just exciting because of the opportunity to further extend our mission to inspire conservation leaders, but is proof that a group of motivated people can truly make change and impact the world. Keep up the good work!