Celebrating Leaders in Education

PLT recognized four outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions and embody PLT’s mission of advancing environmental education, forest literacy, and career pathways using forests and trees as windows on the world.


Birds, Bees, Butterflies, and Bats

Four teachers share their experiences from students’ GreenWorks! projects to help pollinators with native plant gardens, a bee keeping operation, and constructing bat houses.


PLT GreenSchools Honored as 2019 Green Ribbon Schools

The awards acknowledge students, teachers, and administrators who reduce their school’s environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and incorporate effective sustainability education.

Outstanding Educator
Chanda Cooper

Chanda Cooper, Education Coordinator, Richmond Soil and Water Conservation District, Columbia, South Carolina  Chanda frequently uses PLT activities to teach more than 2,000 K–12 students …

Outstanding Educator
David Shelley

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.

Outstanding Educator
Victoria Pasco

Victoria Pasco teaches at the Science Discovery Center at Catawba Trail Elementary School in Elgin, South Carolina, and has used PLT resources since the 1980s.

Outstanding Educator
Matthew Schnabel

Matthew (Matt) Schnabel, a science teacher at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina, uses PLT to teach AP Environmental Science and other courses.