Elizabeth Burke, Parent Volunteer and Master Naturalist, Fairfax County, Virginia
Elizabeth Burke has been instrumental in enriching the learning environment at Wolftrap Elementary School by organizing HOWL—Helping Our World through Learning. She worked with Wolftrap administration and teachers to ensure that the enrichment program connects to state science standards. Using PLT, she trains parents to be classroom docents and conducts PLT workshops for local area teachers. She also involves Scout groups in service projects on school grounds. In her encounters with other schoolyard garden coordinators, she has advocated incorporating PLT into HOWL and Wolftrap’s gardening efforts. In addition to being a PLT facilitator, she is a Fairfax Master Naturalist and a certified Environmental Educator in North Carolina, where she serves on the board of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina.
Elizabeth was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2009.