Florida PLT Awards

Project Learning Tree applauds all educators, facilitators, and partners whose efforts make our program successful. Each year we recognize two individuals and one organization for their outstanding contribution to the program. Starting in 2011, certificates of appreciation were also awarded for outstanding service to PLT.

Congratulations to our 2018 Florida PLT Award Recipients!

Phillip Allen, Kirsten Brazier, and Susan Flak who will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Florida PLT program at the 2018 PLT Annual Professional Development Conference Award Dinner on Nov. 3rd at theJacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Thank you for all of your support!

Congratulations Robin Will, National PLT Leadership Award winner!


Veronica Frehm: 2017 Florida PLT Facilitator of the Year!

Veronica’s continued commitment to Florida PLT and the field of environmental education is truly commendable. Paul Strauss, Palm Beach County Schools Director of Environmental & Conservation Services said, “Veronica is a knowledgeable, dedicated, vibrant and passionate educator. She is absolutely committed to the PLT curriculum and to environmental education for all age groups....as someone that has been involved with environmental science & nature interpretation over the past 31 years, I have rarely encountered an educational professional with greater skills & abilities.”

Veronica provides at least two Professional Development PLT workshops and at least three Project WILD workshops to formal and non-formal educators each year. During these workshops, participants gain in-depth knowledge about the Park’s ecosystems and learn activities that will help them teach key environmental concepts back in their schools and educational programs. Veronica believes the educators who have participated in workshops she has facilitated are the true heroes of PLT.

In her current position as the Director of Education at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Veronica and her team of staff, volunteers, and interns serve over 5,500 Palm Beach County students annually, with Field Experiences that enhance classroom instruction with hands-on learning. Many of the Field Experiences for students incorporate Project Learning Tree components, exemplifying PLT’s motto of teaching students “how to think, not what to think.”


Lara Milligan: Florida PLT 2017 Educator of the Year

In addition to Lara’s Extension work focusing on wildlife, water, and general environmental education, delivering programs for all ages, she helps run Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center in Tarpon Springs. Lara believes in the value of environmental education and knows first-hand of its impacts as a graduate of the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy, where her love for nature first began. Lara and her volunteers use PLT activities for youth programs throughout the year and always incorporates PLT into her nationally-award winning ECO (Exploring Environmental Education Curriculum Options) Teacher Training Workshop every summer. She uses PLT activities with diverse groups, making PLT and environmental education relevant to all.

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County: 2017 Partner of the Year

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (SWA) has been a FL PLT Environmental Education Center since 2014, training approximately 50 educators each year using PLT curricula. Most of SWAs education staff are PLT facilitators, and Brian Elkins, education specialist and PLT EE Center coordinator, received the 2015 Educator of the Year award. SWA hosted the 2016 PLT State Conference as well as the 2017 facilitator training. SWA staff promotes PLT trainings throughout Palm Beach County and conducts three trainings each year. SWA reaches about 20,000 individuals each year, using PLT activities. Willie Puz, Director of Public Affairs and Recycling, encourages his education team to expand their environmental education training and involvement to help promote the SWA environmental efforts.

Past Recipients

Meet past recipients of PLT awards

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