Rain Barrels and Lessons About Water
Bookmark these ideas for students to conduct investigations and learn about water conservation, plus tips for how to build your own rain barrel. This story highlights students in Kansas who calculated the amount of water their school uses, and the dollar savings in water bills after they installed rain barrels.
Reclaiming Outdoor Space at Soda Creek Elementary School
Learn how two teachers banded their students and local partners together to reclaim their school’s outdoor space and create a peace garden and classroom.
What’s Growing in Your Garden?
Project Learning Tree schools share lessons teachers learned after starting a class garden.
Tree Planting and Gardening Nurture Learning
A GreenWorks! grant to Coles Elementary in Virginia sparked science learning across all grades as students investigated a soil erosion problem on their school grounds.
Students Blend Art with Science in Community Garden
Children selected an animal found in their community’s garden to research. They created beautiful mosaics of their chosen animal for a permanent outdoor art exhibit.
13 Inspiring Examples of Young Environmentalists Making a Difference
Young students don’t need to wait until they’re older to make a difference. Here are 13 inspiring stories that show what’s possible when young environmentalists take action.
Tips for Creating an Outdoor Classroom
As the pandemic has disrupted countless traditional learning environments, many have begun to move classes outdoors. But as Project Learning Tree educators know all-too-well, taking lessons outdoors offers many more benefits than just germ control!
Help Students Work Out a Land Issue with Forest Consequences
A PLT Outstanding Educator shares her adaptations and useful resources for conducting Project Learning Tree’s Forest Consequences lesson from the PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.
Ideas for Young Learners to Explore Sounds Around Their Neighborhood
Sounds abound in every school yard! This activity encourages PreK-2 learners to explore sounds all around their neighborhood and compare how sounds change from one season to the next.
How I Got Environmental Education into My Kids’ Classroom
A parent finds a way to introduce environmental education and PLT into busy teachers’ schedules at her own children’s school.
Student-Led Projects Improve the Environment
Building school gardens, reconstructing running trails, creating maple sugar. Highlights from projects funded by Project Learning Tree’s GreenWorks! grants program.
Agent of Change: Accolades for Our PLT State Coordinator
My life changed when I met Pat Maloney, the PLT State Coordinator in Maine. Learn about PLT’s national network that provides support to educators for incorporating environmental education and outdoor learning into their classrooms.
Tree Factory Activity Helps Students Learn How a Tree Functions
Print out these useful cards for students to wear as giant name tags next time you facilitate PLT’s Activity 63: Tree Factory in your classroom.
Tennessee Elementary School is a Green Powerhouse
With PLT activities infused across the curriculum and some amazing student accomplishments, this school is a model for others wanting to build a GreenSchools program.
Students Restore Native Prairie in Wisconsin
Students in grades 4 through 8, along with community volunteers and supporters, came together to plant a native prairie and plant demonstration garden.
Exploring Forestry as a Career
A forester explains what the life of a forester actually entails and how she inspires students to explore jobs that will take them outside.
Student Service-Learning Projects, Year-End Roundup
Exploring Mars while recycling on Earth, composting in the classroom, creating a wildlife garden. These are some highlights from service-learning projects funded by GreenWorks! grants.
Triple Green Status and Still Going Forward
“Kids can always make a difference in society” exclaimed a student from this exceptional green school in Alabama. Learn how teachers are inspiring their students.
ELM: Environmental Learning Multiplied, in Denver
Multiplication often results in ending up with more than you had at the start. That’s what happened with Environmental Learning Multiplied, or ELM, a program that took place at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver.
A Pioneer in GreenSchools Investigations
It’s clear why this Florida school was selected to help pilot the national PLT GreenSchools program.
Using Technology as an Entry Tool to Nature
Technology is an entry tool that can make learning about the natural world exciting and fun. Students used technology to create a digital interpretive guide for a local trail in Maine.
Young Students, Big Results
Environmental awareness permeates Lothrop Science and Technology Magnet School, a pre-K through fourth-grade school in Omaha.
More Green Time, Less Screen Time with PLT Tree Farm Tour
A dedicated Tree Farmer, who has welcomed fourth-graders on her land for more than 20 years, ponders how to connect the next generation with nature.
A Win-Win Scenario at a Florida PLT GreenSchool
Strong support for PLT comes from the principal, teachers, and students at this Florida K-8 school.
An Endangered Tree Mobilizes an Arkansas School
Discovering an endangered Ozark chestnut tree (also called Chinquapin) in the woods near the school campus inspired Acorn School students to take action.
Kenosha Students “Grin” for the Environment
From Landfill Larry to an “idle-free” pick-up zone, students at Dimensions of Learning Academy found innovative ways to make a difference.
Conservation Woven into the Curriculum
McKinney, Texas, often receives quality-of-life awards. Wolford Elementary helps contribute with a conservation focus across all grade levels.
A Culture of Environmental Stewardship
Fishburn Park students in Roanoke do indeed care for fish–as well as recycle, monitor water quality, and a whole lot more!
Nature Is the Best Teacher at Learning Gate
The Learning Gate School community, including teachers, students, and families, lives and learns by the fact that “nature is the best teacher.”
Students of All Ages Help Pollinators Thrive
It’s important to teach students the impact pollinators have on our lives. Here are pollinator projects created by students of all ages.
The Little Green Schoolhouse That Could
Learn how a small school in New Jersey established sustainability as an integrated concept.
A School Nature Trail Creates a Pathway to Learning
Pairing older and younger students to create a nature trail around a New York school’s perimeter provides learning experiences for both.
Our Environmental Journey Began with an Exchange Box
A classic PLT activity connects students in Texas and Connecticut—and a parent adds an unexpected personal connection to make the learning even more real.
At Oil City Elementary, Environmental Education Saves the Day
An elementary school in Louisiana proves Project Learning Tree is a powerful tool that can be used to improve student test scores.
Outdoor Space Provides Many Learning Opportunities
A new outdoor space at an elementary school in Madisonville, Kentucky, provides many hands-on learning opportunities for the students.
Keeping Students Engaged Through “Green Teams”
Whether your school is just starting out or has had lots of experience being “green,” PLT’s GreenSchools Investigations can help move you forward.
GreenSchools in the Nation’s Capital
Washington, D.C. might belong to the whole nation as our capital–but it also a place where kids live, learn, and go green.
Two Schools in One City Show the Versatility of GreenSchools
A large, diverse Title 1 public school and a small, private school in Houston both use PLT’s GreenSchools program to meet the needs of students.
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.
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.
Tips for Organizing Service-Learning Projects in Your School
An elementary teacher from Arkansas shares what she’s learned from implementing a schoolyard habitat project. Organizing a committee, engaging volunteers, and publicizing the effort have all contributed to their success.
Overcoming Fears About Teaching Outside: One Teacher’s Story
A 5th grade teacher in rural Minnesota uses a local forest as a teaching resource. He also engages parents and the entire school in environmental learning.
Learning on the Tree Farm and in the Classroom
A teacher shares her story about how hands-on activities used inside and outside the classroom can help students gain knowledge and an appreciation for the environment.