Dusty Downey, Community Naturalist, Audubon Rockies, Moorcroft, Wyoming
Dusty is a senior regional community naturalist for Audubon Rockies, working to help children of all ages become engaged in local ecosystems. He is also an instructor for the Wilderness Medical Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Although he has lived and taught in California and Louisiana, he returned to Wyoming to share his love of nature in his home state. He set up a traveling nature center to visit rural communities and has shared this “classroom without walls” concept at numerous conferences. He and his wife Jacelyn, also a naturalist, hold PLT workshops for pre-service educators at the University of Wyoming and Sheridan College. Many educators have cited their workshops as the impetus to use PLT in their own classrooms.
“With full confidence, I can state that many young in-service teachers have implemented the PLT curriculum as a direct result of Dusty.”
– Scott Chamberlain, Science and Mathematics Teaching Center, University of Wyoming
Dusty was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2013.