Outstanding Educator
Shelley Flanary

Shelley Flanary, Park Interpreter, Cossatot River State Park, Wickes, Arkansas

Shelley Flanary uses PLT as a primary resource to work with both children and adults. Whether visiting classrooms with age-appropriate lessons or conducting programs at Cossatot River State Park in southwest Arkansas, Shelley transmits a sense of responsibility and stewardship to all she reaches. Starting as a behind-the-scenes program assistant, she rose through her agency and is a Certified Interpretative Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. She regularly conducts PLT workshops for teachers, pre-service teachers, youth group leaders, and others.

“Shelley is one of the most passionate, determined, caring interpreters I know. She applies the PLT curriculum in a way that works for people, that lights a spark of interest and provokes love for the outdoors.”

– Kelly Farrell, Chief of Interpretation & Program Services, Arkansas State Parks

Shelley was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2014.

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