The organization that I work for has been selected to receive a prestigious award at the end of October. Yay!Â Article below:
Project Dragonfly wins global award; introduces new master’s programs
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly will receive the Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Organization at the Global Level Award from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) on Oct. 18.
Project Dragonfly has engaged millions of children, parents and educators worldwide through its award-winning learning media, public exhibits and education programs.
Originating in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and now in the department of zoology, Dragonfly has involved faculty, staff and students from every Miami division. The project, which champions public engagement in science and conservation, began with Dragonfly magazine – the first national magazine to feature children’s investigations.
In 1998, Project Dragonfly partnered with TPT television in St. Paul, Minn., to turn the magazine into a national PBS children’s series. Funded by the National Science Foundation, “DragonflyTV” reaches more than 20 million people a year and recently won two Emmy awards.
In 2003, Project Dragonfly joined the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to create Earth Expeditions, a global conservation initiative linking scientists, educators, community leaders, Miami students and others at conservation hotspots in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Earth Expeditions is now the foundation for a new Miami master’s degree called the Global Field Program. A second new master’s program, the Interdisciplinary Science Program, allows a customized course of study. The two programs allow either an MAT degree in the biological sciences from the departments of botany, microbiology and zoology or an MA in zoology. Applications are being accepted for summer 2009.
Directed by Miami professor Chris Myers and Lynne Born Myers, Project Dragonfly continues its work on environmental education nationally and internationally to promote voice, conservation and global understanding.
Miami’s Lynne Born Myers, Jamie Bercaw Anzano and Jill Korach will accept the award at the NAAEE conference in Wichita, Kan.