Cynthia Kelly, a kindergarten teacher at Mt. Airy School, has been selected to participate in global graduate studies, this summer, that focus on studying wildlife and people in integrated landscapes in the East African country of Kenya. Kelly will be visiting the South Rift Valley, which stretches from the Maasai Mara National Reserve through Amboseli National Park. In this location, she and 19 other educators will partner with the African Conservation Centre, exploring the ecosystem; conservation in parks and beyond; and participatory education and local knowledge.
This year, Kelly is one of more than 350 U.S. and international educators and graduate students selected to travel with the program from Miami University's Project Dragonfly. At sites in 12 countries in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas, these educators will engage with international colleagues and scientists to work together to bring about local and global change.
The program builds on Earth Expeditions, a partnership between Project Dragonfly, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and partner institutions worldwide. Since 2004, Earth Expeditions has been engaging educators and other professionals in educational and scientific research at vital conservation sites across the planet.