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Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

What We Do

Curriculum Materials and Professional Development
for Educators

At PLT, the goal is to teach students how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues. Recognized as a leader in environmental education for more than 35 years, PLT enhances critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills. PLT materials are multi-disciplinary and aligned with state and national education standards.

Studies show that when environmental education and outdoor learning components are integrated into curicula, student achievement increases, including test scores - particularly in science and math. More than half of all PLT activities can be conducted outdoors. Furthermore, independent evaluators confirm PLT increases students' knowledge, reasoning, and academic skills.

 

Service-Learning Opportunities for Students

PLT inspires students, teachers, families, and volunteers to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community.  The goal is for students to "learn by doing."

PLT's GreenSchools! program provides a set of tools for students to analyze data and design a student-driven project to cut your school's costs, improve student health and nutrition, teach STEM subjects, civic engagement, and skills for the careers of the future. 

PLT's GreenWorks! grants fund these and other community environmental improvement projects. Past projects have included growing plants, restoring habitats, reducing energy use, conserving water, recycling, and making better use of school grounds.

The Latest From Our Blog

PLT Activities to Support Student Learning - and Testing  April 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM by Vanessa Bullwinkle
My First Tree Planting with PLT  April 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM by Haley Bloom
Engineering a Sustainable World through Environmental Education  April 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM by Kyle Cooper


What's New

Meet the 2014 National PLT Outstanding EducatorsMeet the 2014 National PLT Outstanding Educators

These individuals have been chosen for their commitment to environmental education, exemplary use of PLT, and exceptional teaching skills.

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PLT's New Energy Resource CenterPLT's New Energy Resource Center

Explore connections to STEM, Common Core, and NGSS.

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