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Activity: Plant a Tree

Trees provide a host of benefits—from oxygen to shade to wildlife habitat. Learners help select and plant a tree for the future.

Activity: Seeking Sustainability

Learners investigate the concept of forest sustainability by identifying connections between forests and the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Activity: Tree Cookies

Learners examine tree cross-sections to determine their age and to infer environmental conditions during the tree’s life.

Activity: Trees in Trouble

Healthy trees need sunlight, water, nutrients, and room to grow. Learners assess trees for signs of their health.

Activity: Water Wonders

Learners model the different paths water molecules may take in the water cycle and discover its importance for plants and animals. 

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Activity: Web of Life

By creating a physical web, learners model the interconnectedness of organisms in an ecosystem.


Activity: What’s In a Label?

Forest certification is one way to ensure that forests are sustainably managed. Learners discuss environmental, economic, and social criteria for certification.

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Activity: Who Works In This Forest?

Learners discover a range of forest-related careers that help to maintain forest ecosystems and ensure that forest products are sustainably produced.

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Activities to Do With Children Outdoors

Spending time outside is one way we can boost our resiliency while quarantining at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Bookmark a few of these free PLT family activities to try in your backyard, at a local park or trail, or another nearby safe space outdoors.

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7th-9th Grade Activities for Budding Environmental Scientists

As a 7th grade Environmental Science teacher, I often turn to PLT for ideas and inspiration. So when my state adopted new environmental science content and guidelines earlier this year, I took a deep breath and opened my trustworthy PreK-8 Guide for inspiration. It’s helped me through previous curriculum and standards changes in years past, and not surprisingly, I found more than 15 engaging activities to strongly correlate with the new state guidelines.