I am both happy and sad retire from CSFS and PLT on September 1st! Happy because…it’s time! And sad because I love my job as Colorado State PLT Coordinator!
I’ve enjoyed my 50+ years as a science and environmental educator, sharing with anyone who will listen my knowledge, experience, love of natural sciences and the Colorado environment that I was born into! I’m privileged to have learned from and worked with, formal (private and public schools, preschools through higher education) and non-formal education (nature centers, non-profits, natural resource agencies, institutions), indoors and out, from before desktop computers to computers in our pockets.
My last 25 years with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) as the Colorado Project Learning Tree Coordinator have been extremely rewarding and I’ve enjoyed many successes and challenges working with the CSFS’s incredibly dedicated people across the state and the educators and stakeholders within their communities, forests and fields. Our volunteer PLT facilitators are inspirational, giving of themselves again and again to help others learn about the world we love to care about. I attribute our many PLT accomplishments to our facilitators and dedicated preschool through college educators.
Project Learning Tree is an extremely well-crafted and important program, championed by smart, well-organized and passionate national and international educators and natural resource professionals. I’m so grateful to have found CSFS in 1993, and that I was able to create a strong Colorado PLT program that has informed so many about our forests- from urban to rural and from prairies to peaks. Through PLT and the CSFS, and our many partners in natural resources, I visited and learned about more of Colorado and many other states than I otherwise would have! I love experiential learning!
I’m proud that Colorado was one of the first states to help create PLT in 1976. There are and have always been many outstanding Environmental Education leaders and visionaries in Colorado. I knew little about forestry when I started, being “just” a biology teacher, and learned much from working with foresters, the entire national PLT family and all our partners. And since most people of all ages also know little about forest ecosystems, I enjoyed helping them learn! I am proud of the hundreds of volunteer PLT facilitators, thousands of educators and many thousands of students I have helped to know about our forests! I’ll probably be one of these volunteers myself, in retirement, from time to time!
Thanks for the opportunity for me to accomplish much, to be creative, to lead and to grow in my effectiveness. I hope the CSFS and all citizens and visitors of Colorado continue to recognize and support the importance of educating future generations so landowners, users, and voters will become even better educated and supportive of healthy forests.
May the Forests Be With You All!
I may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.