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Earth Expeditions

Sarah Navarro

Sarah Navarro

… grew up in Michigan where her parents fostered her love of nature with frequent camping trips and encouragement to explore the wildlife all around her (as long as she didn’t bring it inside!). Sarah

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Kate Nordyke

Kate Nordyke

… currently serves as co-director at Evergreen Holistic Learning Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, a non-profit organization that she and her family established in 2009 with the mission of offering unique, hands-on learning opportunities that promote

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Jerran Orwig

Jerran Orwig

… is the Advanced Inquiry Program Manager in the Education Department at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio. She oversees the graduate program at the Zoo and supports AIP students as they

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Martha Parker

Martha Parker

… is the Conservation Impact Manager at the Houston Zoo, where she is responsible for evaluating and collecting results from the zoo’s and conservation partners’ work to save wildlife. Raised in rural western New York,

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Karen Plucinski

Karen Plucinski

Assistant Director/Instructor, Advanced Inquiry Program

Karen Plucinski is the Assistant Director and Instructor of the Advanced Inquiry Program, Project Dragonfly. Prior to this, she was on the biology faculty at Missouri Southern State University and…

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Linda Proctor

Linda Proctor

… is a recent graduate of the Global Field Program (2017). She has over 25 years of experience as an educator. She works as an Intervention Specialist teaching children with learning and behavior disabilities. She

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Courtney Ryan

Courtney Ryan

… knew, after teaching in Seoul, South Korea for six years, that it was time to reconnect with the things that were most important to her: informal education and the outdoors. Her experience in the

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Laura Sennet Houston

Laura Sennet Houston

…is a high school chemistry teacher who received her B.S. in Education and B.A. in Chemistry from Miami University in 2004. She obtained her M.S. in Chemistry from Wright State University in 2006, focusing her

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T’Noya Thompson

T’Noya Thompson

… attended Texas A&M University at Galveston where she received a B.S. in Marine Biology in 2005, and in 2018, she received an M.A. from Miami University through Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program. Born and

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Fia Turczynewycz

Fia Turczynewycz

… has been in love with nature and studying the environment her entire life. This love brought her to Miami University where she studied environmental education and special education as a part of the Western

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Liana Vitali

Liana Vitali

… believes wholeheartedly in the power of science inquiry to not only discover the natural world but to also discover ourselves. Through inspiring and meaningful outdoor learning experiences, she believes you can never be too

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Joshua York

Joshua York

… is currently an Education Supervisor and Naturalist for Five Rivers MetroParks, protecting 15,000 acres of forests, prairies, and river corridors in and around Dayton, Ohio, USA. There, he builds a Culture of Conservation through

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