Michelle Viney, Conservation Program Manager, Audubon Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Michelle Viney has been involved in environmental education in Arkansas for over 15 years. Trained as a PLT facilitator in 2007, she has conducted workshops, presentations, and field days, and she enjoys mentoring new PLT facilitators. After joining Audubon Arkansas in 2008, she worked to organize habitat restoration and conduct other conservation education activities. She developed a program called Volunteering Is for the Birds with a focus on habitat. Previously, she was a field instructor for an outdoor science school. As a college student, she became a charter member of the Arkansas Environmental Education Association and has since served multiple terms as board member and president. She also uses PLT activities at Master Gardener and Master Naturalist trainings and other community settings and events.
“With Michelle in the community, I feel great about our future leaders and the direction our state will take in shaping natural resource management and land stewardship.”
– Jay T. Schneider, Assistant Superintendent, Hobbs State Park, Rogers, Arkansas
Michelle was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2013.