Why Teach Outside?

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.

Butterfly Gardens Come to Life

Sixteen schools across the country participated in the MonarchLIVE project to build butterfly gardens. Here are the stories of three of those schools.


Lab Coats Paint a Thousand Words

Create your own painted lab coats! These powerful visual tools engage students in learning about science and the environment.

Outstanding Educator
Debra Wagner

Debra Wagner uses PLT activities in her fourth grade at St. Paul Lutheran School in Lakeland, Florida, and helped her school become PLT-certified.

Outstanding Educator
Amber Hodges

Amber Hodges is a project associate for the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Roanoke, Virginia, who provides programming to about 1,800 K–12 students per year.

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Six Steps for Successful Service Learning

A successful service-learning project is more than just volunteering—it involves students applying knowledge and skills to make a difference in their communities.

Outstanding Educator
Denise Trufan

Denise Trufan is a science lab facilitator for grades K-5 who launched a recycling program at Indian Land Elementary School, Indian Land, South Carolina.

Outstanding Educator
Deborah Todd

Deborah Todd, a fifth grade language arts and science teacher at Slate Hill Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio, also serves on the Ohio PLT Board.