After completing a self-guided Meditation Nature Trail, high school students took on a bigger project. They created a permanent, interactive station to teach visitors about interconnectedness in nature.
Nature helps children’s development–intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically. Studies show that teaching outdoors produces student gains in social studies, science, language arts and math.
Project Learning Tree activities are excellent tools to teach life skills. At a summer leadership camp in Georgia, students learned about leadership, teamwork, and volunteerism.
Reeda Hart, a science outreach specialist at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, helped develop PLT’s Early Childhood curriculum.
Susan Cox, a conservation education coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service in Durham, New Hampshire, forges partnerships between natural resource professionals and educators.
Schanee’ Anderson, Curator of Education at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, uses PLT to teach students who visit the zoo.
As the District Manager for Ionia Conservation District in Ionia, Michigan, Melissa Eldridge helped restore a local nature trail and promotes PLT activities.
Laura Beiser is an environmental administrator with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in Jackson who works with nonprofits that do watershed environmental education.
Laurie Root, a naturalist with South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks in Rapid City, is a hub connecting environmental educators in South Dakota.
Michael Murphrey, a staff forester for the Texas Forest Service in Lufkin, Texas, educates the public about conservation, especially invasives like the southern pine beetle.