Through the nonprofit group Trees Forever, Debbie works with communities, landowners, and farmers to conduct hands-on planting projects to diversify and enhance community forests and to establish and restore native plant areas. She also trains volunteers who, in turn, work with adult and youth groups.
She designs and facilitates PLT and other professional development opportunities for a wide range of audiences, including Salvation Army seasonal camp employees, Girl Scout leaders, and vocational agriculture teachers. She also helped the national PLT office in a pilot to evaluate various training formats.
“In my 25 years of nature center administration, I have met few people who have both the technical and scientific knowledge of natural resources AND the ability to communicate, teach, and share that knowledge with others. Debbie does, and does this extremely well!”
-Angela Funk, Sugar Grove Nature Center
Debbie was named National PLT Outstanding Educator in 2017.