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.

Our Graduate Programs

Young male lion, Earth Expeditions: Kenya

Earth Expeditions

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. 

Earth Expeditions
Two Maasai women
          teach GFP student Dakota Bahlau how to sanitize a gourd over a
          campfire. Earth Expeditions: Kenya.

Global Field Program

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. 

Global Field Program
Owl monkey (Aotus spp.), Brazil.

Advanced Inquiry Program

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. 

Advanced Inquiry Program

More About Miami

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.

Sunset by the sundial at Miami University
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.

Contact Us

Follow us

National Science Foundation logo 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.

© 1994-2019 Project Dragonfly. All rights reserved.
Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056