Education Specialist Olivia Kaiser Receives 2017 KAEE Rising Star Award

Education Specialist Olivia Kaiser Receives 2017 KAEE Rising Star Award

Louisville, Kentucky – Olivia Kaiser with The Parklands of Floyds Fork was selected from nominees across the Commonwealth as one of five Excellence in Environmental Education Awards recipients by the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE), a non-profit professional organization supporting environmental literacy in Kentucky.

Now in its 41st year, KAEE has recognized outstanding educators since 1988. The Rising Star award honors educators who have one to five years of experience in the environmental education (EE) field in Kentucky and have developed and/or implemented at least one ongoing EE program, demonstrated innovative and enthusiastic application of EE tools or best practices, shared ideas and techniques with colleagues, collaborated with the greater EE community, and/or made outstanding action, contribution, and leadership in supporting environmental education.

Olivia Kaiser joined The Parklands as an Interpretive Ranger in Fall 2014. In March of 2016, she was promoted to Education Specialist. She is responsible for creating and delivering interpretive programs to the public. A Kentucky native, Olivia graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Learning and Behavior Disorders. As an amateur Herpetologist, Olivia enjoys educating the public about reptiles and amphibians, especially venomous snakes! In her free time, she enjoys photography, backpacking and road trips.

“At The Parklands, Olivia has designed and implemented curriculum for grades K-12 and reached over 40,000 students in the Louisville area," said Curtis Carman, Education Coordinator at The Parklands. "Olivia's passion and dedication for EE is unrivaled in the field. She has spread her love of nature and herpetology to every one of the 40,000 students she has reached. 3,500 of those students come from disadvantaged areas of the city of Louisville. Her tireless dedication to the field has elevated The Parklands to one of the premier environmental education centers in the city of Louisville."

Olivia Kaiser, along with the four other recipients from around the state, were recognized at KAEE’s Annual Conference on September 9, at KY Dam Village State Resort Park, in Gilbertsville, KY.

“It is an honor to have this opportunity to share the exceptional achievements of our award winners and the work they are doing to educate and provide a better future for all Kentuckians,” said Ashley Hoffman, executive director of KAEE, in announcing the awards.

The Excellence in Environmental Education Awards are presented annually by KAEE to recognize those individuals and entities best exemplifying dedication, commitment, and influence in the field of environmental education. Recipients are nominated by colleagues, partners, KAEE members, or the general public. For more information on the Awards or environmental education in Kentucky, contact Ashley Hoffman at

About KAEE
Since 1976, the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) has worked to build a sustainable environment through education. KAEE is a statewide nonprofit and serves as the umbrella organization for environmental education in Kentucky. KAEE initiates, leads, participates in and supports projects and programs that advance the role of environmental education in promoting systemic change in educational achievement and addressing natural resource management issues. KAEE is committed to ensuring that all Kentuckians have the opportunity to learn about and connect with the environment where they live and to actively participate in building healthy, sustainable communities. KAEE has served as Kentucky's leader in environmental education for 40 years, promoting and influencing environmental education on national and statewide levels each day. KAEE is actively engaged in the Affiliate Network of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), which is an established system of state EE associations who regularly communicate, collaboratively plan and share resources with one another, and have an estimated outreach of nearly 160,000 people nationwide.

About The Parklands Outdoor Classroom

The core purpose of the Outdoor Classroom is to teach science and natural history education through dynamic experiences in the field that stimulate curiosity, critical thinking and discovery for children, adults and families - all resulting in an enhancement to scientific literacy in our community. We envision a future in which all people view themselves as life-long learners, and share a connection to and appreciation for the natural world, their community and each other.

Join Olivia and our Interpretive team at The Parklands of Floyds Fork for one of our Outdoor Classroom educational programs. Programs vary from hikes, small classroom setting workshops, or large community events. Each program is specially designed by The Parklands Education and Interpretation team to provide enriching and engaging learning opportunities to people of all ages and abilities! Click here to learn more.

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