Ecology Project International (EPI Costa Rica) / Pacuare Reserve

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About Us

EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local experts and high school students. We engage adolescent youth from local communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied hands-on science and conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened species and habitats. Through EPI’s programs in five countries throughout the U.S. and Latin America, teens are inspired and empowered to engage in conservation efforts at home and worldwide to become the next generation of conservation leaders.

About Pacuare Reserve: The Reserve was established in 1989 by a United Kingdom charity, and transferred to Ecology Project International (EPI) in 2016. Its 800 hectares of tropical rainforest on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica have a high density of wildlife and its 6km (4 miles) of beach provides the most important nesting site in the country for the giant leatherback turtles and is home to the only truly accessible breeding colony of Agami herons in the Caribbean and northern South America.