Hands-on Activities & Advice for New Environmental Educators

Explore PLT resources to help you teach students about the environment, whether you’re new to teaching or looking for new environmental education resources to explore! PLT provides easy-to-teach, hands-on activities suitable for various settings, and a range of resources to support and mentor new educators.

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The Memory Tree

Teaching young children about the loss of a loved one can be a difficult topic. In this picture book, a fox lives a long and happy life in the forest, but he is now ready to sleep and closes his eyes forever. As the fox’s friends begin to share memories and tell stories, a tree starts to grow taller and stronger with every memory.

Recommended Summer Reading for Forest Lovers

As the days stay sunny for longer, summer can be the perfect time for kids and adults to relax under their favorite tree and catch up on their reading lists. Explore some of our favorite all-ages books about forests and trees to connect with the natural world!

The front cover of the book Bird Count. A young girl wearing a red winter hat, yellow coat, and pink scarf looking into binoculars.

Bird Count

Do you enjoy seeing and hearing birds in your community? Use this book with grades K-2 and spend a day with Ava and her team as they participate in the annual Audubon Bird Count. Learn more about bird watching and how you can become a community scientist yourself and contribute to real scientific research.

How to Increase Biodiversity in Green Spaces Near You

We’ve assembled a few ways you and your students can increase biodiversity in the green spaces near your school and homes. Try experimenting with any number of these activities and start observing changes in your environment in as little as a few weeks!

A Day in a Forested Wetland

Introduce biodiversity to young readers through this nonfiction picture book that explores a typical day for animals that call a soggy forest home.

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Tall Tall Tree

Use this book’s beautiful, scientifically-accurate illustrations, playful rhymes, and a game of search-and-find, to help children in grades K-4 experience the majesty of redwood trees.

over and under the snow children's book

Over and Under the Snow

Use this book with grades K-4 to explore winter habitats, biodiversity, and even predator-prey relationships that all take place over and under the snow.