Jill Korach honored for global impact in environmental education

Project Dragonfly spans the globe


Jill Korach honored for her conservation work.

For her work in 16 countries, Miami University’s Jill Korach received the 2019 award for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

The award honors her individual efforts on a global level to advance environmental education. Korach is assistant director of field programs for Project Dragonfly. She works for the earth expedition program where she has nurtured partnerships in 16 countries.

Her role has included advising students while working directly with conservation groups. She has exemplified leadership in environmental education through other means too, serving as president of the board for Imago, an environmental education and conservation organization in Cincinnati since 2003.

The national association began awarding the Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award in 1974 to recognize environmental educators and advocates who have made notable contributions to the field. Individuals and organizations at the global, regional, national and local levels are eligible.

“Jill Korach’s ability to build lasting relationships, mentor students throughout the world and support global networks makes her the perfect recipient for this award,” said Judy Braus, executive director of the association. “It is our honor to recognize her innovative contributions to environmental education and her creativity in shaping a more sustainable and equitable society.”

Korach attended Washington University in St. Louis in 1992 on an Army ROTC scholarship and served in the U.S. Army as a captain while obtaining a master’s of environmental science from Miami University in 2000. In 2012, she returned to Miami for her doctorate while working full time at Miami’s Project Dragonfly.

This award was presented at the association’s 48th annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky along with 10 other awards that recognize other leaders and organizations in the field of environmental education.

About Project Dragonfly

Miami’s Project Dragonfly in the department of biology is an education reform initiative with graduate programs, learning media, public exhibits and partnerships.