Helping kids learn from nature is all in a day’s work for Project Learning Tree’s 2016 National Outstanding Educators. Here’s how they do it.
Karen Johnson Folsom is lead teacher at Nature’s Classroom Environmental Education Center in Florida, reaching 15,000 6th graders each year.
Dave Shafer uses the outdoors to teach a range of STEM topics to students at Skiles Test Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jennifer Hubbard-Sánchez is the state specialist for sustainable programs and directs the center for environmental education at Kentucky State University in Frankfurt.
Susan Snyder creates and leads programs for K-12 students in ecology and soil science at Ogden Nature Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Anne Mannarino directs Project SWIRL (Standards Within Real World Learning) at Regent University in Providence Forge, Virginia, which helps K-12 teachers of science.
Kevin Doran, a natural science educator with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, uses PLT as a cornerstone of his programs with children.
Alice Garcia uses PLT with her fourth grade classroom and trained the entire staff at Will Rogers Elementary School in Holly, Michigan, in PLT.
David Shelley works to improve the understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of forests and rivers as the education coordinator at Congaree National Park, Hopkins, South Carolina.
Deanna Kinziger teaches ecology and other sciences at Lewiston High School in Idaho, as well as two dual-credit courses with Lewis-Clark State College.