2017 National PLT Outstanding Educator

2017 National PLT Outstanding Educator

Wyoming Project Learning Tree


Author: Jessica Halverson, jessica.halverson1@gmail.com

Contact: Jessica Halverson, 307-283-2954, PO Box 713, Sundance WY 82729, jessica.halverson1@gmail.com

Keywords: 2017, outstanding educator, national, PLT

Description: One of Wyoming PLT's team members will receive a national award.

We are so excited to announce that Steve Scharosch was selected from nominees across the U.S. as one of five Outstanding Educators by Project Learning Tree® (PLT), the national environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation. This is the third time an educator from Wyoming has won the National PLT Outstanding Educator Award since its inception in 1994. In Wyoming, PLT is coordinated by Wyoming PLT.

Steve plays a very big role in Wyoming PLT's team by serving on the steering committee as treasurer and past chair. He donates many hours to the organization, contributing greatly to its success.

Steve operates Abacus Enterprises, Inc., a firm that develops and uses quantitative methods for land management planning. As a forest biometrician, he works with landowners and industry throughout North America. When he realized the importance of educating young people about the environment, he became involved with Project Learning Tree. He has presented dozens of environmental education workshops to teachers, youth group leaders, and other educators throughout the state. His outreach to the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board resulted in teachers now receiving graduate or professional credits when they attend PLT workshops. He has also led Wyoming PLT grant-writing, strategic planning, and other efforts. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Idaho.


Scharosch, along with the four other educators, will be honored at PLT’s 31st International Coordinators’ Conference, April 24-27, in Louisville, Kentucky.


“Steve and the other Outstanding Educators show the value of engaging, high-quality environmental education,” said Kathy McGlauflin, senior vice president for education at the American Forest Foundation, in announcing the awards. “They are equipping children and adults with knowledge and skills to meet 21st century needs.”


PLT Outstanding Educators are selected for their commitment to environmental education, exemplary use of Project Learning Tree’s award winning curriculum materials, and exceptional teaching skills. For more information about PLT in Wyoming, contact Jessica Halverson, Jessica.Halverson1@gmail.com