Outstanding Educator
Robert Carter

Robert Carter, Outdoor and Environmental Education Instructor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

Robert (Bob) Carter first helped bring PLT to Illinois over 30 years ago by partnering with many organizations. A few years ago, the program needed a new home, and he worked tirelessly to reestablish it with the Environmental Education Association of Illinois, the current state sponsor. He has made PLT a cornerstone of his work with thousands of pre-service teachers, as well as guiding his graduate assistants in how to use PLT in their own work. He designed a pre-service facilitator team composed of professors from a variety of disciplines across Illinois campuses to embed PLT into their existing syllabi. In addition to serving on the Illinois PLT Steering Committee, he has also taken on leadership positions with the North American Association of Environmental Education and the National Association for Interpretation.

“Dr. Carter willingly served as my mentor (and many graduate students before me) so that I could become a PLT facilitator. In this role, Bob challenged me through discussions of the PLT themes and activities, as well as how to share PLT with future educators so that they would use the materials.”

– Rebecca Franzen, Assistant Professor of Environmental Education, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Bob was named National PLT Environmental Educator Honoree in 2014.

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