What are Earth Expeditions?
Earth Expeditions are Miami University study abroad courses designed for people at all stages of their life and career who are looking for inspiring professional development opportunities while earning graduate credit. All courses engage with grassroots conservation and sustainability programs that are making a difference in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.
Enrolled students travel to important conservation areas to gain first-hand knowledge of local biodiversity and community conservation efforts for the benefit of humans and wildlife worldwide. All courses also involve an on-going online component in which students interact to make change in their home communities.
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Conservation at home and abroad
Earth Expeditions consist of two required components:
- a 5-credit summer term study abroad experience (~10 days) with complimentary online coursework
- a 2-credit fall semester follow-up online course in which participants actualize change in their local communities.
Earth Expeditions courses are open to any adult learners and teachers seeking professional development opportunities to benefit their career, as well as individuals simply seeking a unique life-changing experience. Earth Expeditions are also taken by graduate students working towards a MAT in Biology or a MA in Biology through Dragonfly’s two graduate programs in biology: the Global Field Program and the Advanced Inquiry Program.
Through these unique field experiences and the related online coursework, participants form lasting relationships with leading educators, community leaders, and conservationists from around the world.
All students collaborate with caring Miami University instructors and classmates in Dragonfly Workshops, an easy-to-use web-based learning community created by Miami’s Project Dragonfly. Through this learning platform, students worldwide discuss assignments, develop projects, and exchange ideas throughout the summer and fall semesters.
During the international field experiences, students and instructors discuss course content and connect over shared once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as snorkeling with whale sharks in Baja, Mexico, witnessing cheetah conservation first-hand in Namibia, viewing wild macaws and sloths in the Peruvian Amazon, and more. We encourage you to check out the courses to learn more.
Am I Eligible?Earth Expeditions graduate courses are open to people from all disciplines and settings who hold a bachelor’s degree. Participants have included teachers and others in need of professional development credits, school administrators, and university faculty as well as full- and part-time employees who work in non-school settings such as businesses, civic agencies, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, environmental organizations, youth programs, parks, and museums. Stay-at-home caregivers and self-employed professionals have also experienced Earth Expeditions, as well as active and retired military personnel and their spouses.
COVID Response Information
Concerned about COVID-19? As a pioneer in multi-faceted online, hybrid, multi-site, and experiential learning, Project Dragonfly implements diverse approaches for engaged education and is fully prepared to adapt courses as needed to maximize safety regardless of the situation in summer 2021 and beyond. For more information, see our FAQ: Can I start and complete this degree with possible travel and in-person restrictions due to COVID?
* Video produced by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden