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The Branch Newsletter: Fall 2010

In this issue:  PLT's Early Childhood program wins a Teachers' Choice award; Top Ten Tips for Teaching Outside; butterfly gardens come to life; and a K-12 school shares how PLT's GreenSchools! Investigtions benefit student learning, the environment, and the school's bottom line.


News & Updates

PLTís Early Childhood Program Wins Teachersí Choice Award
PLTís Early Childhood Program Wins Teachersí Choice AwardBy Vanessa Bullwinkle
In response to a huge demand for more activities that use developmentally-appropriate approaches for reaching young learners, PLT created a new early childhood curriculum Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood that has been selected a 2011 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award winner by Learning ® magazine.
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Educating Congress
Educating CongressBy Melissa Moeller
We often expect our elected officials to be experts on everything. However, many members of Congress, both new and old, may not understand what environmental education is, why it is important, and how it fits into traditional education settings. With a number of new faces in Congress next year, we have an opportunity to educate these newly elected officials about the value of environmental education. 
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Taking Action

Butterfly Gardens Come to Life
Butterfly Gardens Come to LifeBy Kyle Cooper
Last year, 16 schools used PLT GreenWorks! grants to create gardens for monarch butterflies…and the results are amazing!
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Apply for a PLT GreenWorks! Grant to Help Students Create Pollinator Gardens
Apply for a PLT GreenWorks! Grant to Help Students Create Pollinator GardensBy Vanessa Bullwinkle
Deadline is December 3.
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As Trees Grow, We Grow!
As Trees Grow, We Grow!By Joy Barney
In this PLT GreenWorks! project, 35 students from South Tahoe High School in California taught 1,700 younger students about trees; led tree planting efforts to restore a community and its forest following a wildfire; and presented their work to an international audience of 150 environmental educators.
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Lowcountry Prep: A GreenSchool Investigates, Then Takes Action
Lowcountry Prep: A GreenSchool Investigates, Then Takes ActionBy Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
A K-12 school in South Carolina is using PLT’s GreenSchools! investigations to benefit student learning, the environment, and their school’s bottom line. 
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Educator Tips

Top Ten Tips for Teaching Outside
Top Ten Tips for Teaching OutsideBy Laura Duffey
A preschool, an elementary, and a high school teacher offer their tips for overcoming barriers to teaching outside.
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Resources

EE Resources - Fall 2010
EE Resources - Fall 2010By Jaclyn Stallard
Activities, contests, games, awards, websites and videos.
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