Dragonfly students, staff, and partners are doing inspiring work to benefit human and ecological communities throughout the world. Read articles and media by them and about them by scrolling through the links below.
Published in Green Living
In "Birdseeds of Knowledge" Advanced Inquiry Program student Julia Wright creates a nature-observing activity to foster environmental understanding.
Published in Applied Environmental Education & Communication
In "Conservation education in schools: Aligning teachers’ perceptions with students’ attitudes" Global Field Program graduate Melany Sutherland explores teachers' perceptions and students' attitudes about conservation education. Through surveys distributed to teachers across multiple schools in the same district and to students from one suburban high school in Kansas, Sutherland found that "most teachers and students agree that a multifaceted approach that actively engages students across the curriculum, and throughout all grades, in learning about the environment and conservation would be most effective."
Published in Green Teacher
In "The Future of Evolution" Global Field Program student and architectural foundation education director Christen Lubbers creates a lesson plan that puts the topic of evolution into the hands of fourth through eighth grade students.
Published in Green Teacher
In "Pledging for Change" Advanced Inquiry Program student and teacher Heidi Paul creates a lesson plan that engages high school students in modifying their personal actions to help the environment.
Advanced Inquiry Program student Lauren Lee documents her internship with Ryan Fitch, research associate from San Diego Zoo Global's Institute for Conservation Research. The internship is part of a long-term habitat restoration project designed to help preserve the endangered cactus wren and California's rich biodiversity.
Published in Connect
In "Wet-Dry Recycling at the Louisville Zoo" Global Field Program student Karen Maynard describes how a new recycling model for guests and employees at the Louisville Zoo is increasing recycling rates and helping support the zoo's mission. Zoo guests and employees no longer have to choose between recycling and trash. Instead, they chose from wet waste (is compostable and includes food scraps, liquids and napkins) and dry waste (everything else except trash from bathrooms, which is considered "true trash" is taken to the landfill). By separating wet and dry waste at the sourse, far less trash goes into the landfilll and the recovery of recyclables increases.
Published in Public Garden Magazine
In "Ethnobotany and Millennial Volunteers: Connecting a New Generation with Old Knowledge" Global Field Program graduate Lindsey Collinsworth shares ethnobotanical education with millennials. "Millennial volunteers who learned about native plant uses reported a greater enjoyment of learning practical skills and a sense of altruism."