Empowering Local Youth in Baja

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Ecology Project International (EPI) is a conservation education non-profit like no other in the world, involving young people from Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the U.S. in hands-on science and conservation projects that protect species and their habitat.

Nearly 30,000 students have participated in their field programs globally in the past 17 years, with more than 70% of those participants being under-served local youth living in communities adjacent to the project sites. The impact of these courses is profound on both local and US students, establishing a lifelong commitment to conservation, and empowering the next generation of conservation leaders.

What has EPI done in Baja?

Established in 2005, EPI Mexico creates opportunities for local students to explore the great wonders of the peninsula while learning about the ecology of our coastal and marine ecosystems. Whether studying marine invertebrates on Espiritu Santo Island, working alongside whale scientists in the Sea of Cortez, Sea Turtle researchers in Magbay, or monitoring Whale Sharks in La Paz Bay, participants are actively contributing to the conservation of their environment. The outdoor classroom provides them with tools and skills they need to feel empowered to take an active role in conservation and invites them to develop sustainable solutions to the environmental issues that affect their community.

Throughout the years, 12,000 Baja citizens have taken part in EPI’s activities, workshops, festivals and courses; 3,000 students from 60 schools have participated in field programs; and 900 kids have been involved in their Eco-club activities – with the famous ‘Californios Verdes’. These longlasting activities are only possible with the financial support of individuals contributing to the education for the future. If you would like to support EPI’s work in Baja, please donate today.

For more information about EPI visit www.ecologyproject.org/mexico, look them up as EPI México on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or visit their campus located on Guillermo Prieto 1038, between Encinas and Navarro. Telephone: 165 65 61 Ext 12.

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