Project Dragonfly | Miami University

Housed at Miami University, Project Dragonfly is an education reform initiative with master’s degree programs in biology, graduate courses, learning media, public exhibits, and community partnerships across the U.S. and globally. Our graduate students are opening new frontiers in community innovation and education while earning their master’s degrees. 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.

Contact Info


Educator: Mary Jo Lahrmann

Phone: 513-240-8475 (mobile)


Organization Offerings

Project Dragonfly offers a shared vision for community-engaged graduate education through Earth Expeditions courses, the Advanced Inquiry Program, and the Global Field Program. While working towards their masters’ degrees, 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.

Grades, Ages Served

  • Enrollment is open to applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree regardless of academic major or profession

Counties Served

  • GFP: Because the GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with online learning communities, this master’s degree can be completed part-time from anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. AIP: All AIP coursework occurs online, while experiential learning takes place at affiliated Master Institutions in Chicago (Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo); Cincinnati (Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden); Cleveland (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo); Denver (Denver Zoo); St. Louis (Missouri Botanical Garden); San Diego (San Diego Zoo Global); New York (Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo); and Seattle (Woodland Park Zoo).