Ready to start incorporating environmental education into your curriculum? Project Learning Tree is here to help you get started. In doing so, you will join the 500,000+ educators who have implemented Project Learning Tree programs into their classrooms across the country, and the world. The first step to helping your students learn about the environment is attending a Project Learning Tree workshop.
Most Project Learning Tree curriculum materials are made available only through free or low-cost professional development workshops. This way, we ensure the highest quality experience, while also fulfilling existing needs for continuing education credits, in-service trainings, or professional development hours. Studies show that the activities modeled in PLT workshops are the ones educators later use in their programming.
Through Project Learning Tree workshops you can:
- Learn how to incorporate PLT activities into your current and future lesson plans and curriculum.
- Meet other professionals in your area interested or already involved in environmental education.
- Become part of a network that offers you follow-up resources and engagement opportunities.
- Learn about environmental education.
Project Learning Tree workshops are organized through our network of sponsors, state and international coordinators, and facilitators.
In the United States, more than 100 coordinators work with a cadre of over 2,500 volunteer facilitators to conduct workshops in their local communities. Contact your PLT state coordinator to learn about upcoming workshops near you.
Internationally, PLT is available in a growing number of other countries around the world.
PLT Materials Available Through Workshops
Project Learning Tree features materials for Early Childhood educators, Elementary and Middle School educators, and Secondary educators. We are sure we have something for you! Contact your PLT state coordinator to inquire about upcoming workshops regarding any of these resources in an area near you.
Sample PLT Activities
Here are two (of the available ninety-six!) activities found in PLT's PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.
Activity 20: Environmental Exchange Box (PDF)
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as International Year of Forests. To celebrate, students prepare an environmental exchange box to learn more about their local forests, forests across the country, and forests around the globe.
Activity 51: Make Your Own Paper (PDF)
Through this activity, students investigate the papermaking process by trying it themselves. Students are thrilled to find that they can make paper and that their product is practical, as well as beautiful.
PLT Materials Available Immediately
Project Learning Tree features a few resources that are available without professional development. The list below includes PLT resources that are avaialble immediately for direct purchase or free download.
Energy and Society Kit (PreK – 8)
Energy & Society helps students develop critical thinking skills to make decisions about their personal energy use. In addition to hands-on activities, Energy & Society integrates music and dance to enhance the study of energy issues.
Purchase Energy and Society Kit ($45)
Billy B Sings About Trees CD (PreK – 8)
A Parents’ Choice recommendation Billy B Sings About Trees helps teach children about the value of our woodlands through fun and entertaining music.
Purchase Billy B Sings About Trees ($15)
Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity (Secondary)
Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity was developed by Project Learning Tree in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In this sixty-page module, students learn that decisions about growth and development, about energy use and water quality, even about health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity.
Download Biodiversity Module (pdf)
Exploring Environmental Issues: Biotechnology (Secondary)
Exploring Environmental Issues: Biotechnology is designed for high school and community college educators in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Social Studies, and Agriculture. A special effort has been made to construct activities that support instruction in AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Human Geography. Like all of our environmental education materials, these address state and national academic standards and are correlated with state science, social studies, and environmental education standards and assessments.
Download Biotechnology Module (pdf)
Family Activity Pages
These one-page Connecting Kids to Nature Family Activities are designed to get children outside, where they can appreciate and learn about the natural world around them. Once outside, we're confident you will learning something and have a little fun too! These activities are modified installments from our PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.