Environmental Education Specialist, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, Columbus, Ohio
As the Environmental Education Specialist for the Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District in Ohio, Linda Pettit has been educating youth of all ages about natural resources for more than 25 years. She reaches around 12,000 youth every year through presentations to school classes, after-school, scout and summer camp groups, often using stories and children’s literature as a way to connect children to nature. A Project Learning Tree facilitator since 1996, Linda has led hundreds of PLT professional development workshops to introduce teachers to environmental education.
For the past 20 years, Linda has served as regional director of the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. In 1999, she founded and continues to lead T.R.E.E. (Terrific Resources for Environmental Education), a consortium of agencies and organizations that provide environmental education to audiences throughout central Ohio. She coordinates meetings, facilitates collaborative efforts and partnerships, and provides training.
Linda was a 2019 nominee for National PLT’s Leadership in Education Award.