Laurie Root, Naturalist, South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, Rapid City, South Dakota
Laurie Root has trained more educators and recruited more facilitators than anyone else in South Dakota PLT history! She excels in teaching about the state’s wildlife, habitats, natural history, and outdoor skills to people of all ages. She is the hub connecting many spokes of environmental education activity in South Dakota, helping teachers partner with natural resource professionals and building a community of educators and others who are interested in the environment. Laurie brings a sense of humor, an amazing connection to her audience, and the power to build relationships to every presentation she gives. In addition to providing traditional teacher workshops, she has been instrumental in training day care facilities, Head Start staff, and youth group leaders.
Laurie was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2010.