We are an education reform initiative
with graduate programs, learning media, public exhibits, and
community partnerships across the U.S. and globally. Our students are
opening new frontiers in community innovation and education. They work
alongside nomadic herders saving wild horses in Mongolia, citizen
scientists increasing pollinator diversity in the Bronx, Maasai women
pursuing equity and sustainability in Kenya, and conservationists leading
the recovery of burrowing owls in California. We champion inquiry-driven
learning and shared action to support a better, more
collaborative, just, and sustainable future.
The AIP is a master’s degree program that fosters professional
leadership, participatory education, and conservation in the U.S. AIP
students combine web-based courses from Miami University with
extraordinary learning experiences and field study at premier zoos and
botanical gardens in select communities across the nation.
The GFP is a master’s degree program that enables students to build on
Earth Expeditions courses to grow as leaders in inquiry-driven education, community-engaged
learning, environmental stewardship, and global understanding. The GFP brings students, scientists, educators, community leaders, and others together at global conservation hotspots.
In these stand-alone graduate courses, students join world-class conservation and community projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Our mission is to build an alliance of individuals with first-hand knowledge of inquiry-driven,
community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities and global understanding.
Project Dragonfly is in the Department of Biology at Miami University in
Oxford, Ohio. Founded in 1809, Miami is one of the eight original “Public
Ivy” schools and is known for excellence in education, having been
recognized in the U.S. News & World Report as first among public
universities with “an exceptionally strong commitment to teaching.”
Citing Miami as among the best in the nation for commitment to liberal
arts education, The Fiske Guide to Colleges notes Miami’s strengths in
research, study abroad, and leadership.
Project Dragonfly began in 1994 with the creation
of Dragonfly magazine, the first national magazine to feature children’s science
investigations and discoveries. Funded by the National Science Foundation and published by the National Science Teachers Association, Dragonfly magazine challenged widely held assumptions about the role of children in
science by publishing their research alongside the research of professional scientists.
The magazine evolved into the Emmy-winning PBS children’s television series
DragonflyTV. Produced by TPT public television, DragonflyTV led to the spinoff PBS
television series, SciGirls. Expanding partnerships with community institutions
beginning with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden became the foundation for
Project Dragonfly’s national public exhibit projects Wild Research and iSaveSpecies.
The partnership network now includes leading education and conservation
organizations worldwide supporting a shared vision for community-engaged
graduate education through Earth Expeditions, the Advanced Inquiry Program, and the Global
Field Program. Earth Expeditions, AIP, and GFP students join a global network of premier organizations
to co-create new solutions to the vital social and ecological issues of our time.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1010938 and Grant No. 0610409. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.