Tips From PLT’s First Early Childhood Certified GreenSchool
A preschool curriculum director describes her school’s focus on the outdoors and nature and how PLT helped give their teachers and students some structure and new ideas for ways to deepen study.
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.
What’s Growing in Your Garden?
Project Learning Tree schools share lessons teachers learned after starting a class garden.
See You on the Trail that Students Built!
With PLT GreenWorks! grants, students in Alabama, Indiana and Michigan took the lead to restore, design and build nature trails, learning about ecosystems and forest health.
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.
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!
A Rising Senior Starts a GreenSchools Program
Learn how this student got her school principal to agree to starting a GreenSchools program, and what she is doing to motivate teachers and students.
Students Galvanize Entire School Around Environmental Learning and Action
Tips for involving students in a green schools program from teachers at Two Rivers Magnet Middle School in East Hartford, CT.
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.
School Garden Teaches Lessons on Composting and Water Conservation
The sustainable school garden project has yielded a rich harvest of home-grown vegetables, increased knowledge of potential food choices, and experiential learning opportunities.
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.
Green-Infused Curriculum Wins National Recognition for High School
Students in Michigan have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, implemented a school-wide recycling program, are growing produce for their school cafeteria, among many other initiatives.
Bringing Nature into the Classroom
Learn how students at this urban school in Newark, NJ brought nature indoors to improve air quality, connect with science lessons, and develop their leadership skills.
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.
Middle School Students Honored as “Heroes” for Making a Difference
In Washington, D.C., ABC Channel 7 interviewed students about their work outside of the classroom that’s raising the environmental awareness of their community.
GreenSchools as an Extracurricular Activity
Be inspired and learn what can be accomplished in a small amount of time with these tips from teachers at a middle school in Oklahoma.
Earth Team Reduces Waste, Trash Removal Costs Through School-Wide Project
The Earth Team at a California middle school diverted 40% of their school’s waste from landfills as part of a school-wide project.
Real-World Projects with Real-World Results
“No excuses, just solutions” is the motto of McKinley Tech, a PLT GreenSchool in the nation’s capital. Read about the motto in action.
Finding Ways to Save the Bay
Students in an urban Baltimore high school finds creative ways to restore the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem–learning and providing a valuable service at the same time.
A Pioneer in GreenSchools Investigations
It’s clear why this Florida school was selected to help pilot the national PLT GreenSchools program.
Students and Teachers Make It Happen
A Kansas high school teacher inspires her students–and they inspire her–to seek ways to go green.
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.
Gardens, Gutters, Gophers, and GreenSchools
PLT GreenSchools investigations provide a firm foundation at Walden Community School in Winter Park, Florida.
A River Inspires a New Jersey School
Students at Alder Avenue Middle School did not just complain about the quality of a nearby river–they did something about it.
Voices of F. L. Schlagle’s Green Team
PLT GreenSchools results in a greener environment–and confident, self-assured students–at a Kansas high school.
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.
PLT GreenSchools Investigations Benefit an Outdoor Education Center
A Washington outdoor learning center, housed in structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is still going strong.
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.
Energy, Recycling, Gardening Projects Green a City High School
This high school science teacher has “been doing green things for years.” Ever since his school became a GreenSchool, his students have accomplished much more.
Clean Energy for Bright Futures
Students in the Green Energy Academy at Bloomfield Vocational Technical School find ways to make their school and community even greener.
Incorporating PLT GreenSchools in Culturally Diverse Classrooms
An urban school teacher in Denver adapts GreenSchools to meet the needs of her Latino students, incorporates gardening and farming at a nearby Urban Farm.
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.
Project Produce Garden Sparks Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Sixth grade students at Glenvar Middle School in Salem, Va., built raised beds and cooked their own food. This “Project Produce” has encouraged healthy lifestyles in the classroom and at home.
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.
A GreenSchool Investigates, Then Takes Action
Students and teachers from a South Carolina high school share tips for PLT GreenSchools success.
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.
“Green Teens” Lead Nature-Based Activities at Local Museum
A new volunteer program at Long Island Children’s Museum trains teens to become museum educators. The volunteers develop interactive nature and science programming for children and adults.
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.
Students Convert Bus to Run on Biodiesel to Reduce Emissions
High school students in Salt Lake City, Utah, made their own biodiesel fuel from used vegetable oil for our school bus to reduce CO2 emissions.