PLT celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day 2020

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we teamed up with Earth Day Network, Project WET, and Project WILD to share our available education resources to advance climate education.

Connecting Chicago-Area Youth with Nature

Supported in part by a Sustainable Forestry Initiative community grant, Bosque de Salud, or Forest of Health, is giving youth hands-on, educational interaction with the natural world to encourage them to understand their relationship with the environment and inspire a lifetime of stewardship.

Evergreen trees in winter

How Evergreens Provide a Winter Oasis for Wildlife

Evergreens provide food and shelter for animals facing harsh winter conditions. Learn how animals use evergreen trees as food and shelter, and use these ideas to bring your students outdoors in winter and observe wildlife.

Producer

STEM: Nature’s Recyclers

Decomposers live off dead material and recycle nutrients into the soil for reuse by plants. These STEM activities teach students about producers, consumers, and decomposers.

Illuminate Your Science Class with Glow-in-the-Dark Experiments and Activities

Some animals, insects, and organisms have evolved to produce light for various reasons. Capture your students’ curiosity and love of learning by using bioluminescence as a springboard into the world of luminescence. There are many ways of adapting glow-in-the-dark lessons to a variety of subjects and grade levels.

Go to Bat for Bats This October

Bat Week is Oct 24-Oct 31! Use these free activities to celebrate and teach kids about the important role bats play in nature.

Gypsy moth caterpillar

Most Unwanted: Invasive Insects in U.S. Forests

An invasive species is any kind of organism that is not native to an ecosystem and causes harm to the environment, economy and possibly even human health. Gypsy moths, Asian longhorned beetles, emerald ash borers, and woolly adelgids are among the growing list of invasive insects that threaten U.S. forests and urban landscapes.