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.

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!

amara and the bats cover three kids holding signs with bats

Amara and the Bats

Halloween is a great time to think about bats and their vital role in our ecosystems. Follow Amara on her mission to bring bats to her local park and help people appreciate their importance. Use this children’s book to learn the truth about bats, and to share facts about these amazing–yet often misunderstood–creatures.

cover photo of Forest World La Selva book by Margarita Engle two young children sit huddled on the forest floor

Forest World

Told entirely in verse, Forest World embraces a hybrid form of storytelling. Use this novel with students to explore poetry, increase their understanding of forest biodiversity, learn how to make your own paper, and much more!

Islandborn

This book is a celebration of diversity, reminding young readers, 5-8 years, that we are living links between the past and the present. What can knowing about your history teach you about your future? Read Islandborn to find out!

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.

The Walking Fish: recommended reading for grades 6-8

The Walking Fish

Use this book with grades 6-8 to emphasize several Science and Engineering Practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards.

wild ones observing city critters

Wild Ones, Observing City Critters

Grade K-5 readers are invited to play a game of I Spy to find urban wildlife along with this story’s main character, a family dog named Scooter.