New Outdoor Classroom Special Fund Celebrates Cowles’ Leadership

New Outdoor Classroom Special Fund Celebrates Cowles’ Leadership

3/23/11

NH Project Learning Tree is very pleased to announce the creation of a dedicated fund to celebrate the leadership of our outgoing Executive Director, Esther Cowles.   All proceeds will be used to sustain her commitment to programs that take kids outdoors to learn about the natural world.

There are many ways to measure PLT’s success.  For Esther—our founding Executive Director for 14 years—the best measure is when more kids spend time outdoors, investigating and improving their local environment.  These outdoor experiences demonstrate that PLT not only boosts teachers’ skills and knowledge, but it also gives them confidence and motivation to change the way they teach their students.

It is the Kindergarten class sorting leaves by shape and size, as they sit on stumps in the woods behind the school,

… fifth grade students learning about tree identification, wildlife habitat, and forest management at a field day that is part of PLT’s Walk in the Forest program,

… the eighth grade class studying invasive species, then removing oriental bittersweet from the border of the athletic field as part of a service learning project, or

… high school students inventorying the flora and fauna of a study plot and developing management strategies for the school forest.

Your investment in our Outdoor Classroom Special Fund celebrates Esther’s legacy of leadership and sustains her commitment to programs that take kids outdoors to learn.

To donate, you may mail a check or make a secure online contribution through Paypal using the “Support NHPLT” button to the left.  On the final screen to review and confirm your transaction, please use the “message” feature (in small print under your name) to designate your contribution to the Outdoor Classroom Special Fund.  If mailing a check, please designate your contribution in the memo line.