Initial Publication Date: March 15, 2023

EPI Yellowstone Winter Teacher Fellowship
Organization: Ecology Project International (EPI)

Content Area: Earth Science, Environmental Science
Grade-level Audience: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
When Offered: January to May
Cost: Cost to enroll, Expenses paid
Format: In-Person only
Application Deadline: The application period for 2024 teacher fellowships opens on July 1, 2023.
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This unique professional development opportunity allows participating teachers to experience the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in winter, a time of solitude and beauty that you can't find during the crowded and bustling summer months. Each day, you'll head into the snowy landscape to explore thermal features or collect data about wildlife movements and behavior. EPI's instructors will introduce you to our unique model for creating positive learning environments in the field and applying field science at home.

- Observe wild wolves in the world-famous Lamar Valley
- Collect data on ungulate species with the National Park Service
- Experience Yellowstone's geothermal wonders under snow cover
- 40 hours of professional development coursework with a focus on
conservation biology, wildlands management, and scientific process.

What will you gain?

The EPI Teacher Fellowship was established in 2013 as a professional development program that gives a diverse range of educators an opportunity to collaborate with one another on real-world conservation projects and learn EPI's methods for teaching field science. The Teacher Fellowships are 8 days in length, with EPI funding a majority of the fellowship program costs.

On all of EPI's Professional Development programs, we teach progressive, inquiry-based methods that will allow you to introduce more exploration into your classroom while still meeting those testing requirements. Best of all, we model the methods we teach. Our programs take you into the field. You'll work with scientists and wildlife. This is your chance to explore. You'll return to the classroom with a new set of tools, ideas, and lessons that will inspire your students. All trainings are aligned with the NGSS.

Who should apply?

Formal and informal educators from any country are welcome to apply. EPI's curriculum is best suited to educators teaching science and creative writing, history, and more. The program is suited for educators at the middle school, high school or university level, and applications from these educators are strongly preferred. Applications from educators in any subject are welcome.