Join Us at the 2024 Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD Conference!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Be Inspired!

Are you ready to be part of something extraordinary? We are thrilled to announce a milestone event that promises to shape the future of environmental education in classrooms and communities across the nation. For the first time in over 25 years, Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD are joining forces for a groundbreaking joint conference!

We are inviting all professional development leaders to join us May 13-17, 2024 in beautiful San Antonio, Texas for a week filled with experiential learning, inspiring speakers, and plenty of opportunities to connect (and reconnect!) with individuals passionate about environmental education. 

Every journey begins with a single step, and yours starts here! We invite you to be part of a movement that has been at the forefront of environmental education for decades, reshaping the way educators connect students with nature through the power of place-based learning. Together, PLTree, Project WET, and Project WILD reach over 30,000 educators annually with an estimated reach of over 2.5 million students across the country.

PLT 2023 Conference Attendees

Who Should Attend the Conference?

  • Individuals who lead PLTree-WET-WILD programs in their state
  • Facilitators of PLTree-WET-WILD professional development workshops
  • Decision makers who determine professional development opportunities for their school or district (administrators, science/environmental education curriculum leads, and professional development facilitators)

This conference is your gateway to unleashing the full potential of PLTree, Project WET, and Project WILD in your educational community. It’s where innovation meets inspiration and where collaboration sparks transformation.

Together, we will transform environmental education for the 21st century. Secure your spot at the 2024 PLTree, Project WET, and Project WILD Conference, and let’s create a greener future for us all!

Special Pre-Conference Educator Workshop (May 13, 2024) – Become Certified to Teach PLT, WET and WILD!

If you are a Texas-based K-8 formal educator, non-formal educator (i.e., museum-based educator, nature center volunteer, etc.), pre-service teacher, or afterschool program leader, you won’t want to miss this! We are excited to bring a special combined Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD professional development workshop that promises to energize and motivate you!

Be a part of creative exploration and investigation as it unfolds before your eyes when you use the natural environment, including trees, water, and animals, to teach students about STEM, language arts, social studies, and more.

During this experiential workshop, you’ll:

  • Gain confidence to both teach outdoors and incorporate nature inside the classroom
  • Build lasting connections with other educators from Texas
  • Become certified to teach activities from PLT, WET and WILD
  • Roll up your sleeves and have fun!

Learn more about the PLT-WET-WILD conference, including the special pre-conference educator workshop at www.plt.org/conference.

Mark Your Calendar for 2024 PLT Professional Development

New Year’s Resolution: Keep Learning!

PLT State Coordinators

In December, many of us reflect upon the past year, but did you know it’s also the perfect time to start planning ahead?

Perhaps 2024 is the year you become a certified Project Learning Tree (PLT) educator. Maybe this is the year you attend your third PLT professional development event. Whatever you decide, make 2024 a year of continued learning and growth!

Across the U.S. PLT offers a variety of professional development opportunities, from in-person workshops and hybrid events to online courses. Our network of PLT State Coordinators and Facilitators creates an incredibly welcoming and inclusive environment for you to learn how to incorporate PLT lessons into your existing curriculum. Whether you are a PreK-12 teacher, nonformal educator, preservice teacher, caregiver, or higher education professor, there are learning opportunities for everyone.

You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll roll your sleeves up and get hands-on training, and connect with some of the most amazing people you’ve ever met! Plus, you’ll walk away with the tools and confidence you need to lead nature-based activities inside and outside the classroom.

Here’s what some past workshop attendees had to say:

“This had to be the very best workshop that I have ever been to! It should be a must for all teachers that teach science in their classroom. Absolutely outstanding! 5 ***** stars!” –Preschool Teacher, Michigan

“Fabulous workshop! I like how the activities can be modified and applied in multiple settings depending on age/skill level”. –Elementary School Teacher, Hawaii

Just think about the potential impacts you’ll have in your students’ lives by introducing them to the environment through PLT. One activity may spark a love of nature for students who’ve never experienced it before. It may be the perfect way to help bring a sense of calm to a student’s life. It might inspire high schoolers to pursue green careers, find solutions to mitigate climate change, or improve their communities. Inspire that change.

Upcoming Professional Development 

Check your state’s PLT webpage for upcoming professional development events. You can also connect with your PLT State Coordinator to get more information about future workshops. Here are just a few events happening around the U.S. in early 2024.

West Coast

California January 9, 2024: K-8 Workshop

Oregon | January 27 & February 10, 2024: Teaching about Climate Science: Into, Through, and Beyond

Midwest

Idaho | February 13, March 12, & April 2, 2024: Idaho Ecosystems with WILD, WET & PLT

Michigan | March 16, 2024: Black Faces in Green Spaces: The Journeys of Black Professionals in Green Careers

Nebraska | January 18, 2024: Teach Outside! Monthly Outdoor Learning Educator Workshop Series

Oklahoma | January 20, 2024: Explore Your Environment K-8 Guide

East Coast

Florida | January 8, 2024: Explore Your Environment Training

Massachusetts | January 20, 2024: Joint PLT & Project WET Workshop

North Carolina | January 27, 2024: Trees & Me! Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Workshop

South Carolina | February 16, 2024: PLT & Project WILD Workshop for Educators

Find Events Near You

Visit your state’s website for more information – many states offer special workshops tailored to your school or organization. If you’re unable to attend PD in person, we also offer self-paced online courses to help you make the most of PLT resources.