Barbara Dunbar, 4-H Environmental Program Coordinator, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Yorktown, Virginia
The first PLT workshop that Barbara Dunbar attended, in 2004, opened up a new world of learning to her. She realized that PLT could help her effectively teach environmental education without a scientific background, and PLT paved her way to becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist. As a volunteer, she works with many different schools on garden projects and other outdoor learning activities. She is also the coordinator for children’s programs at Williamsburg Botanical Gardens, where she also uses PLT. To promote recycling, Barbara received grants for an innovative program that involves not only students but also custodians in touring the local recycling facility. Barbara is known as a great “connector” between different people and organizations interested in the environment.
Barbara was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2011.