Maurine Rose Banzhaf, Master Environmental Educator, Woodland Park, Colorado
When she moved to Colorado from Texas in 2010, Rose became an active, enthusiastic leader in Colorado’s EE community, as she was in Texas. She conducts workshops and programs through the Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and many other organizations, reaching preschoolers to senior citizens. She has also conducted PLT workshops for pre-service teachers. She was instrumental in revamping Colorado’s Envirothon program and in developing workshops for grandparents to share EE with their grandchildren. A career engineer, she pilot-tests new PLT activities and helps with many other institutes and programs.
“She is dedicated to education and has never feared jumping in to make a good teaching situation for any group.”
– Sally Evans, Environmental Educator
“Rose has an endless supply of initiatives and ideas, and generates many workshops and programs. She gathers respect and appreciation from all who know and depend on her willingness to donate her time, knowledge, experience, and passion.”
– Shawna Crocker, Colorado PLT State Coordinator
Maurine was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2017 and 2016.