Earn your Master's degree the wild way

Woodland Park Zoo and Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio are thrilled to offer the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP),an exciting Master’s degree designed for a broad range of professionals from education, conservation, business, and government settings. The AIP offers a groundbreaking graduate degree focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social and ecological change.


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Benefits of the AIP

  • The zoo and the world as your classroom: 21 credits are completed at Woodland Park Zoo and 14 credits are taken via national web-based learning communities. Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course may count toward the degree.

  • Convenient and flexible: Can be completed in 2.5 to 5 years part-time while working!

  • Affordable: Approximately $3,671 per year for basic courses and fees!

  • Relevant: Program courses and projects integrate Washington State Science Learning Standards for inquiry-based science learning and best practices in informal science and conservation education. 

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Woodland Park Zoo: Your AIP Master Institution

As one of eight national Master Institutions for the AIP, Woodland Park Zoo is excited to offer local Washington educators unique learning experiences on zoo grounds, in natural settings around Washington, and at field conservation sites around the world. Based in Woodland Park Zoo’s significant experience with educator professional development, the AIP provides a strong foundation in ecological literacy, skills in inquiry-based learning and principles of field investigation. Students make local connections, receive individualized mentoring, and share their work at the zoo and in their community. Students also join fellow students, AIP faculty, and leaders across the U.S. in web-based learning communities for collaborative research and national inquiry projects.

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