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It’s Not You. It’s Me. Taking Responsibility for Chaperone Engagement During Nature Center Field Trips

It’s Not You. It’s Me. Taking Responsibility for Chaperone Engagement During Nature Center Field Trips

Appeared 2016Published in Legacy In It’s Not You. It’s Me, GFP student Melissa Sabo examines chaperone engagement during nature center field trips.

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The Nature of Interaction Between Zoo Docents and Visitors and the Use of Inquiry

The Nature of Interaction Between Zoo Docents and Visitors and the Use of Inquiry

Appeared 2015Published in the IZE Journal After exploring open- and close-ended questions between docents and visitors at Woodland Park Zoo in the context of inquiry, AIP graduate Kathryn Marcussen shares her findings in The Nature of Interaction Between

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Role-Playing, Inquiry and the Food Chain

Role-Playing, Inquiry and the Food Chain

Appeared 2016Published in Green Teacher In “Role-Playing, Inquiry and the Food Chain” GFP student Autumn Doss integrates drama to encourage elementary students’ engagement in environmental science. Her goal was for students to identify a health food

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KALAHARI CONNECTIONS: fostering long-term positive conservation behaviors in Botswana youth

KALAHARI CONNECTIONS: fostering long-term positive conservation behaviors in Botswana youth

Appeared 2015Published in the IZE Journal In “KALAHARI CONNECTIONS: fostering long-term positive conservation behaviors in Botswana youth” GFP graduate Erin Stotz, Dragonfly facilitator Molly Maloy and others from Denver Zoo’s Conservation Biology Department and the Kalahari

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More than marginal interest– Adapting Hedgerows for Modern Landscapes

More than marginal interest– Adapting Hedgerows for Modern Landscapes

Appeared Spring/Summer 2016Published in the Planet Drum Pulse After sampling insect and bird populations in hedgerow settings, AIP student Dave Coulter shares his findings in More than marginal interest– Adapting Hedgerows for Modern Landscapes. According to

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Deeply moved by it all

Deeply moved by it all

Appeared August 2016Published in the Townsville Bulletin Students are deeply moved by it all in this letter to the editor in the Townsville Bulletin, a news publication of Australia’s North Queensland.

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The Rise of Educational Tourism

The Rise of Educational Tourism

Appeared August 2016Published in DUO Magazine In The Rise of Educational Tourism GFP graduate and past Australia Earth Expeditioner Katie Krafte shares her thoughts on experiential, field-based education in DUO Magazine, Townsville’s monthly lifestyle publication.

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Tech park tours offer ‘science in action’

Tech park tours offer ‘science in action’

Appeared July 2016Published in Honolulu Star Advertiser GFP graduate Candee Ellsworth is featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser article — Tech park tours offer ‘science in action’ — for her work with Friends of Natural Energy Laborartory of Hawaii

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Master’s Studies Take Broadbent To Belize In Miami University’s Project Dragonfly Global Field Program – Brevard NC

Master’s Studies Take Broadbent To Belize In Miami University’s Project Dragonfly Global Field Program – Brevard NC

Appeared June 9, 2016Published in The Transylvania Times GFP student Alexa Broadbent is featured in The Transylvania Times article “Master’s Studies Take Broadbent To Belize In Miami University’s Project Dragonfly Global Field Program – Brevard

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Black Creek Scout Reservation BioBlitz

Black Creek Scout Reservation BioBlitz

Appeared 2015Published in Tipularia In Black Creek Scout Reservation BioBlitz: A Vascular Plant Species Inventory GFP graduate Jed Hewitt joined a team of scientists, naturalists, Boy Scouts and volunteers for a one-day botanical BioBlitz (a study of

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Information Sharing and Curbside Recycling: A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Value of Door-to-Door Distribution of Informational Literature

Information Sharing and Curbside Recycling: A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Value of Door-to-Door Distribution of Informational Literature

Appeared 2015Published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling In Information Sharing and Curbside Recycling AIP Cincinnati Zoo graduate Ken Willman evaluated information sharing and curbside recycling.

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A Review of the Current Status of Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) in Ohio

A Review of the Current Status of Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) in Ohio

Appeared 2016Published in Ohio Biological Survey Notes In A Review of the Current Status of Running Buffalo Clover (Trifolium stoloniferum) in Ohio AIP Cincinnati Zoo graduate Sean Leugers investigated the status of running buffalo clover (RBC), a

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Coquerel’s Sifaka: Parental Behaviors As Observed in First-Time Parents

Coquerel’s Sifaka: Parental Behaviors As Observed in First-Time Parents

Appeared November/December 2015Published in AAZK’s Animal Keepers’ Forum In Coquerel’s Sifaka: Parental Behaviors as Observed in First-Time Parents AIP Cincinnati Zoo graduate Amy Thompson observed parental behaviors of lemurs.

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Feeling the Heat: A Student-Centered Approach to Reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect on Campus

Feeling the Heat: A Student-Centered Approach to Reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect on Campus

Appeared Winter 2016Published in Green Teacher In Feeling the Heat AIP Phoenix Zoo graduate and science teacher Susan Ferguson created a series of mapping activities for her middle school students to explore the issues associated with the

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Lights Out Baltimore: Saving Birds One Building at a Time

Lights Out Baltimore: Saving Birds One Building at a Time

Appeared September/October 2015Published in The Maryland Yellowthroat In Lights Out Baltimore: Saving Birds One Building at a Time GFP graduate and Maryland Zoo animal keeper Carly Barron shares her experiences with the Maryland-based non-profit, Lights Out Baltimore,

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In the News: AIP and GFP Students Earn Master’s Degree & Look Back on Their Journeys

In the News: AIP and GFP Students Earn Master’s Degree & Look Back on Their Journeys

Our December 2015 AIP and GFP graduates are featured in a number of hometown newspapers and alumni news magazines. Advanced Inquiry Program Heather Batts, Colby McElrath, Brittney Weaver, Ali Young, Sharon Garrison and Sara Shanahan,

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Planktonic ingress of fiddler crab megalopae to the Newport River Estuary, NC: evidence for semilunar periodicity in Uca pugnax and species-specific sampling bias by hog’s hair larval collectors

Planktonic ingress of fiddler crab megalopae to the Newport River Estuary, NC: evidence for semilunar periodicity in Uca pugnax and species-specific sampling bias by hog’s hair larval collectors

Appeared March 2015Published in Marine Ecology Progress Series Global Field Program graduate Kathryn McQueen and others examined the Planktonic ingress of fiddler crab megalopae to the Newport River Estuary, NC: evidence for semilunar periodicity in Uca

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Potting Plants

Potting Plants

Appeared January 2015Published in Science Scope In Plotting Plants Global Field Program student and teacher Megan Menker involved her middle school students in tracking invasive species in the local community through the use of research, geocaching technology, posters,

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Hummingbird Citizen Science

Hummingbird Citizen Science

Appeared November 2015Published in The Science Teacher In Hummingbird Citizen Science Global Field Program graduate and teacher Rima Givot helps students make connections in her classroom. Through a citizen science hummingbird project, Givot’s students were able to collaborate and

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Wild Cat Conservation Needs: An Examination of Public Perception

Wild Cat Conservation Needs: An Examination of Public Perception

Appeared November 2013Published in Animal Keeper’s Forum Chicago Zoological Society–Brookfield Zoo AIP student Brande Redfield surveyed zoo guests at the Crosley Zoo in Wheaton, Illinois, on the question: Has the zoo-going public been better educated

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Teachers honored for environmental work

Teachers honored for environmental work

Appeared Sept. 27, 2015Published in Today’s Pulse | Western Star Cincinnati Zoo AIP student & teacher Julianne Elder was among two “Teachers honored for environmental work” by the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District. Elder,

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North Huntingdon woman gets first-hand knowledge in Belize

North Huntingdon woman gets first-hand knowledge in Belize

Appeared Aug. 26, 2015Published in TribLive.com GFP student Amy Owens is featured in Trib Total Media’s TribLive article “North Huntingdon woman gets first-hand knowledge in Belize” for her travels to Belize where she conducted fieldwork in

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Where are the Butterflies? Creating a Safe Haven for Urban Lepidoptera

Where are the Butterflies? Creating a Safe Haven for Urban Lepidoptera

Appeared Summer 2015Published in Pacific Horticulture In Where are the Butterflies? Creating a Safe Haven for Urban Lepidoptera Woodland Park Zoo AIP student Tracey Byrne outlines eight essential elements for attracting butterflies and other beneficial insects. The

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Walking With Wildlife: How to be a Proper Guest in an Animal’s Home

Walking With Wildlife: How to be a Proper Guest in an Animal’s Home

Appeared Spring 2015Published in Washington Trails Association magazine After encountering a bear while hiking with a friend, Jennifer Jarstad, AIP student at Woodland Park Zoo, writes about her experience, reminds us that we are the visitors and

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Science Comes Alive: Impact of Animal Ambassadors in the Classroom

Science Comes Alive: Impact of Animal Ambassadors in the Classroom

Appeared Spring 2015Published in Zoological Association of America Animal care technician, long-time Wild Wonders volunteer and GFP student Laura Marx asks: Are we really making a difference in learning, understanding and caring for wildlife and

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Earth Expeditions Kenya Students & Cincinnati Zoo Make Good Things Happen

Earth Expeditions Kenya Students & Cincinnati Zoo Make Good Things Happen

Appeared February 23, 2015 Published by YouTube Watch as our friends at the Cincinnati Zoo share the Earth Expeditions Kenya experience. Earth Expeditions students experience the global community and make good things happen! Watch the

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Local Women Earn Biology Degrees through Program at Woodland Park Zoo

Local Women Earn Biology Degrees through Program at Woodland Park Zoo

Appeared Jan. 14, 2015Published in The Woodinville Weekly Anna Busse and Sarah Crumb are featured in The Woodinville Weekly for earning their biology degrees through the Advanced Inquiry Program at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. Anna

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Life in the Margins: The Role of the Post-Modern Hedgerow

Life in the Margins: The Role of the Post-Modern Hedgerow

Appeared November-December 2014Published in Solutions Chicago Zoological Society–Brookfield Zoo AIP student Dave Coulter discovers an “old friend” in hedgerows. Well managed hedgerows have great potential to positively affect biodiversity, according to Life in the Margins: The

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McNicholas science teacher explores opportunities through Miami University’s Global Field Program

McNicholas science teacher explores opportunities through Miami University’s Global Field Program

Appeared December 2, 2014Published in The McNicholas Milestone McNicholas High School science teacher Lauren Wulker knew she needed to participate in the Global Field Program when she first became aware of it. For Wulker studying

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The Effects of Plastic Pollution on Aquatic Wildlife

The Effects of Plastic Pollution on Aquatic Wildlife

Appeared 2014Published in Water Air Soil Pollut Michelle Sigler, graduate of the Advanced Inquiry Program at Chicago Zoological Society–Brookfield Zoo, addresses the effects of plastic pollution on aquatic wildlife and describes several cutting edge technologies that

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Tanya Dinova Joins Danau Girang Field Centre

Tanya Dinova Joins Danau Girang Field Centre

Appeared August 2014Published in The Jungle Times, independent newsletter of Danau Girang Field Centre Global Field Program student Tanya Dinova purchases a one-way ticket to Sabah, Malaysia, to work at Danau Girang Field Centre.

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Can I Touch It?: Zoo Program Impacts

Can I Touch It?: Zoo Program Impacts

Appeared 2014Published in IZE Journal Amanda Stanford, Global Field Program student and program animal staff member, examines the impact physical contact with rats and snakes has on children’s attitudes toward those animals in Can I Touch It?:

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Conservation Connections Matter!

Conservation Connections Matter!

Appeared 2014Published in IZE Journal Global Field Program student Martha Parker connects employee-led field conservation projects and institutional conservation messaging in Conservation Connections Matter! in the 2014 IZE Journal.

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The Role of Zoo Playgrounds: Beyond Playtime & into Conservation Awareness

The Role of Zoo Playgrounds: Beyond Playtime & into Conservation Awareness

Appeared 2014Published in IZE Journal Through her volunteer work at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Advanced Inquiry Program student Sarah Crumb looks at how playgrounds in a zoo setting provide children with an opportunity to explore

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Growing Closer by Growing Together

Growing Closer by Growing Together

Appeared May-June 2014Published in Natural Life Magazine Mary Whewell, AIP student at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, helps others grow food, save money and share knowledge through community gardening in her article in Growing Closer by Growing Together, published

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Green Careers and the Community College: Embrace the Possibility

Green Careers and the Community College: Embrace the Possibility

Appeared May 2014Published in Adult Learning Through her work as an assistant professor at Cuyahoga Community College, Advanced Inquiry Program student Irene Diritsky has been examining the green career paths that exist for students who have

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Wetland Warriors

Wetland Warriors

Appeared 2014 Published in Green Teacher Eric Diefenderfer, graduate of the Advanced Inquiry Program at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, presents a real-world scenario for his middle school students–to imagine a sports facility is proposed on the site

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Baja Desert Reveals Wonders to Scholarship Winner

Baja Desert Reveals Wonders to Scholarship Winner

Appeared Autumn 2013Published in Audubon Miami Valley Global Field Program student Kathi McQueen discovers the beauty of the rugged Baja peninsula and shares her Baja experiences in Baja Desert Reveals Wonders to Scholarship Winner, published in

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Using Theatrical Conventions to Improve Public Education About Local Wildlife Conservation

Using Theatrical Conventions to Improve Public Education About Local Wildlife Conservation

Appeared September 2013Published in AZA CONNECT Through her work as a Senior Animal Keeper at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Advanced Inquiry Program student Melissa Proffitt has been exploring how educators can utilize theatrical conventions

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Making Connections with Nature: Programming for a Larger Community

Making Connections with Nature: Programming for a Larger Community

Appeared September 2013Published in AZA CONNECT Advanced Inquiry program student Mollie O’Neil, who also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, explores connections between senior citizens and nature, and how

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Graduate classroom takes educator to ‘global hotspots’

Graduate classroom takes educator to ‘global hotspots’

Appeared August 25, 2013Published in the Bonner County Daily Bee Think twice before deleting that next email. It could just be the key that opens the door to a life-changing adventure. That proved to be

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The Human Dimensions of Conservation: Global Conservation Leadership Program for Youth-Botswana

The Human Dimensions of Conservation: Global Conservation Leadership Program for Youth-Botswana

Appeared August 2013Published in AZA CONNECT Earth Expeditions instructor Ricardo Stanoss, who also serves as the Director of Education and International Training at our Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) partner institution, the Chicago Zoological Society –

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Teacher going to Belize to study

Teacher going to Belize to study

Appeared July 17, 2013Published in the Dayton Daily News Kathrene Mayne, science teacher at Horace Mann PreK-8 School, will be heading to the Central American country of Belize at the end of this month, returning

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Teachers head to Borneo for conservation studies

Teachers head to Borneo for conservation studies

Appeared June 25, 2013Published in the Othello Outlook.com Once the final test is handed in and the last bell has rung, a pair of Othello teachers will finish packing their bags and head to the

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Developing Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders Today

Developing Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders Today

Appeared 2013Published in AZA CEC Newsletter Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Advanced Inquiry Program manager Katie Corr explains the role of an AIP master’s in developing conservation leaders in Developing Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders Today in the 2013 AZA CEC Newsletter.

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Baja Peninsula Calls to Stow Teacher

Baja Peninsula Calls to Stow Teacher

Appeared June 6, 2013Published in the Stow Patch Alex McMahan takes the trip of a lifetime this month to the Baja Peninsula, where he will spend 10 days studying the unique combination of environments found

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Locals to study overseas this summer

Locals to study overseas this summer

Appeared June 3, 2013 Published in the Middletown Journal Two local residents will be studying abroad for nine days this summer to gather research as part of a seven-month Miami University course. Dr. Kenneth Willman,

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Science teachers inspired by first-hand look at Barrier Reef

Science teachers inspired by first-hand look at Barrier Reef

Appeared July 13, 2012Published by ABC News, Australia Teachers from the United States are in the country learning about marine conservation. Though they’ve been teaching from textbooks about the Great Barrier Reef for years, diving

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Lufkin Middle School teacher spends summers learning about science in exotic locales

Lufkin Middle School teacher spends summers learning about science in exotic locales

Lufkin Middle School teacher Jennifer Stover is working on her master’s degree. During the fall and spring semesters, she takes online classes after spending her days teaching sixth-grade science. But during the summer, Stover spends

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Around the world in 80 days: the traveling Conservation Education Lab

Around the world in 80 days: the traveling Conservation Education Lab

Appeared Spring 2012Published in Conservation Education, the newsletter of the Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Several staff members of the San Diego Zoo’s Conservation Education Division joined Earth Expeditions as instructors for 2012

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Travel inspires Mt. Lookout teacher

Travel inspires Mt. Lookout teacher

Appeared March 21, 2012
Published in the Eastern Hills Journal Cynthia Kelly endured 110 degree temperatures, numerous bug bites and plowing through thick jungle undergrowth. And she’d do it again in a second.

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Walrus Conservation: Connecting Research and Zoo Keepers

Walrus Conservation: Connecting Research and Zoo Keepers

Appeared 2016Published in Animal Keepers’ Forum In “Walrus Conservation: Connecting Research and Zoo Keepers” Advanced Inquiry Program graduate Elizabeth Miller examines the extensive history of walrus populations in human care and successful walrus breeding programs to

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Hamilton teacher waited a lifetime to see Australia

Hamilton teacher waited a lifetime to see Australia

Appeared Winter 2012Published in the Audubon Miami Valley Newsletter, Extra Edition Although I was born and raised in landlocked Hamilton [Ohio], I have always loved the ocean. At age 16, I was finally able to

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