Auburn, Ala.—Dr. Nancy Loewenstein, a research fellow and Extension specialist in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, was recognized as the 2016 Alabama Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year. She was honored because of her strong commitment at the ground level to her vision at the leadership level.
The Alabama PLT Outstanding Educator is selected based on commitment to environmental education, exemplary use of Project Learning Tree’s award winning curriculum materials and exceptional teaching skills.
“Nancy has long been an active supporter for natural resource education to all age and interest levels of Alabamians,” said Dr. Scott Enebak, associate dean of academic affairs. “Through her Extension and outreach work at SFWS, she has introduced numerous forestry and natural resource issues into the lives of K-12, college students, landowners and other educators. It was good to read the announcement that she had been recognized for something she does with such passion and enthusiasm.”
She connects with university students and adults through dendrology and invasive plant ecology and control. Loewenstein integrates PLT activities into her methods of instruction. For 12 years, she has been actively involved in the TCW program, an annual summer institute that helps others understand the connections of the forest products they use every day to the trees they see growing throughout Alabama.
In addition, Loewenstein serves on the Alabama PLT Steering Committee and represents academia, facilitators, educators and environmental nongovernmental organizations. Her diverse perspective helps the committee maintain consideration of program expansion opportunities.
About Project Leaning Tree
Project Learning Tree uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment. PLT provides educators with curriculum, professional development and resources to integrate environmental education into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas, and to use the outdoors to engage students in learning about the world around them. Developed in 1976, PLT’s50-state network includes more than 650,000 trained educators using PLT materials and 4,000 PLT GreenSchools. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation. In Alabama, PLT is sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Foundation. For more information, visit www.plt.org.