Larry Raymond, Director of Parks and Recreation, Caddo Parish Commission, Shreveport, Louisiana
Larry Raymond is responsible for the forestry and wildlife management activities on the parish lands he oversees. He also supervises numerous environmental field days, school trips, and other educational events that incorporate PLT activities for several thousand children and adult visitors each year. Larry makes park facilities available for workshops, including outdoor activity areas and camps. He has been conducting PLT educator and facilitator workshops himself ever since he became a PLT facilitator in 1986, when the program was first introduced to Louisiana. He has made pre-service PLT workshops for education majors a regular component of the curriculum at Louisiana State University-Shreveport, and each year he teaches an environmental education class in the university’s Biological Sciences department using PLT activities. Larry introduced the Caddo Parish School Board to PLT, with outstanding results for the schools in the area, like Oil City Elementary Magnet School.
Larry was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2007.