Jessica Olenych, Environmental Educator, Common Ground Educational Consulting, Arkville, New York
Jessica Olenych works with K-12 students and teachers on forestry and watershed education, particularly in the New York City watershed. She uses PLT in her work with the NYC Watershed Bus Tours program and with Green Connections, which connect urban students with the environment and with their peers in rural communities. She also trains teachers using PLT through the Watershed Forestry Institute and through Forestry Teacher Tours. Jessica co-chaired the committee to organize the North American Association for Environmental Education’s national conference in 2010.
“A testament to Jessica’s impact is the trust and respect she receives from colleagues, teachers, and students. Her attention to detail, ability to make connections, and enthusiasm for PLT and EE make her well deserving of this award.”
– Susan Cox, Conservation Education Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Jessica was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2015.