Pony Meyer has been named the 2022 Rising Star for Excellence in Environmental Education. The award, given by the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, recognizes individuals, schools, and businesses that exemplify dedication, commitment, and influence in the field of environmental education.
Pony is the Program Specialist at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Ky. There, they research, write, and deliver a variety of historical, recreational, and educational programs. Pony puts great care and planning into all their programs and is an excellent example of going above and beyond in the field of EE. Pony particularly enjoys facilitating night hikes, owl prowls, creek walks (macroinvertebrate sampling), and nature journaling programs. In January, they collaborated with the Preserve Managers on a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star Urban Waters grant that would allow Shaker Village to do habitat restoration on their historic ponds and expand environmental education programming in those areas.
Pony is also currently working on a two-year tree project that involves creating a tree map of the trees at Shaker Village, online natural history and cultural-historical content related to these trees, and a basic tree ID program to help guests learn the basics of identifying some of Kentucky's native trees.
As an educator, Pony enjoys learning and looking for ways to improve their teaching and knowledge of local natural history. Pony also recently completed KAEE’s Professional Learning Leader eeCredential, is an active and valuable KAEE Facilitator, and joined KAEE Board of Directors in September 2022.