Outstanding Educator
Joy Barney

Joy Barney is a conservation education program specialist with the U.S. Forest Service who coordinates environmental programs around Lake Tahoe in California.

Outstanding Educator
Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell, Education Coordinator with the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Natural Areas in Texas, educates thousands of people each year.

Outstanding Educator
Joan Chadde

Joan Chadde is the Education Program Coordinator at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, where she also teaches a course called Communicating Science.

Outstanding Educator
Diane St. Jean

Diane St. Jean teaches reading at Barrington Middle School in Barrington, New Hampshire, where she uses PLT to connect her students to their local forest.

Outstanding Educator
Ginger Reasonover

Ginger Reasonover is a science lab coordinator who uses PLT with preK through fourth grade students at David Lipscomb Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Outstanding Educator
Barbara Dunbar

Barbara Dunbar is the 4-H Environmental Program Coordinator at Virginia Cooperative Extension in Yorktown, as well as a Virginina Master Naturalist.

Outstanding Educator
Jacelyn Downey

Jacelyn Downey is a senior community naturalist with Audubon Wyoming in Moorcroft who brings PLT to diverse audiences through environmental education across the state.

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Why Teach Outside?

Nature helps children’s development–intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically. Studies show that teaching outdoors produces student gains in social studies, science, language arts and math.