Founded in 2000, Ecology Project International (EPI) involves young people from the U.S. and Latin America in hands-on science and conservation projects that protect species and habitat in five countries, bridging the gap between cultures and empowering the next generation of conservation leaders.
Over 23,000 students have participated in EPI’s field programs. Of those participants, over 70% are local youth living in communities adjacent to the project site. Our impact is profound on both local and visiting students, establishing a lifelong commitment to conservation.
The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation has provided support for EPI programs in Belize and Costa Rica.
In partnership with the Oceanic Society, University of Belize, Belize Audubon Society, and Wildlife Conservation Society, EPI students engage in bottlenose dolphin, lionfish, conch, lobster, sea urchin, and coral research on the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. They also participate in bird and terrestrial mammal research at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
On the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, the world’s fourth most important nesting habitat for critically endangered leatherback sea turtles, students monitor nesting females. Youth patrol the beach to restore habitat, gather vital data, and protect nests against human and environmental threats.
The Foundation is proud to support these programs, which raise awareness of Central American ecological treasures while engaging youth to become the next generation’s conservation guardians.