Wild Research: A Whole-Zoo Exhibit and Inquiry Program

October 1st, 2006 - August 21st, 2007 | PROJECT

Miami University - Ohio/Project Dragonfly is developing "Wild Research," a multi-faceted collaborative project with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and with a consortium of ten zoos and aquariums around the country, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Society for Conservation Biology, and Conservation International. Project deliverables include a centrally-located 4,500 square-foot Wild Research Discovery Forest exhibit and six Wild Research Stations around the Cincinnati Zoo, a Wild Research Consortium and Wild Research Leadership Workshops for zoo professionals, conservation scientists and educators, a Wild Research Web site with visitor password access to exhibit data they collected, and 90-second radio pieces for the 90-Second Naturalist program. Institute for Learning Innovation is conducting the formative and summative evaluations. The Ohio Assessment and Evaluation Center is conducting a separate evaluation focused on this extensive institutional collaboration process. The primary public impact is to explore new ways zoos and aquariums can incorporate inquiry-based activities on site and to help visitors understand the work of conservation scientists. The project also aims to improve the practice of zoo and aquarium professionals nationwide in inquiry-based experiences and communicating about conservation science.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Wild Research: Summative Evaluation
Wild Research: A Whole-Zoo Exhibit and Inquiry Program presentation

Team Members

Christopher Myers, Principal Investigator, Miami University
Samuel Jenike, Co-Principal Investigator, Miami University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0610409
Funding Amount: 2491329


Audience: Educators | Teachers | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science | Life science | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Aquarium and Zoo Programs | Broadcast Media | Exhibitions | Media and Technology | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media