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.
Students Care for Their City Parks
From cleaning and planting to painting and programming, towns and cities rely on community stewards to help take care of and utilize local parks. Find out how students in Santa Cruz, California and Madisonville, Louisiana worked with their local community to maintain and beautify parks in their neighborhood.
Ready, Set, Goat
A group of high school students in Colorado are analyzing the environmental impacts of goat browsing as a form of wildfire mitigation.
What’s Growing in Your Garden?
Project Learning Tree schools share lessons teachers learned after starting a class garden.
Birds, Bees, Butterflies, and Bats
Four teachers share their experiences from students’ GreenWorks! projects to help pollinators with native plant gardens, a bee keeping operation, and constructing bat houses.
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.
Student Involvement at Lee Academy: Finding Opportunities Out the Window
PLT supports place-based education. Read how one high school PLT teacher in Maine uses community-based investigations to give students opportunities to make real world decisions, meet community needs, and explore what is happening in their own neighborhoods as the foundation for learning cross-cutting concepts.
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.
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.
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.
Lessons Learned in a Closed-Loop System
It’s trial and error, and lots of learning, for students developing an aquaponics systems at a Michigan high school.
Student Sustainability Group Leads Reforestation Effort
“Students for Sustainability” are working to reduce the carbon footprint of their high school and community in Washington State. In a relatively short amount of time, they’ve already revitalized local reforestation efforts.
A Very Green(e) School Challenges Students to “Learn Naturally”
The Greene School has a final “e” in the name because of its location near the village of Greene, Rhode Island (named for colonial leader …
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.
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.
Students Proliferate Native Plants in a New Greenhouse
Invasive species are degrading natural ecosystems across the country. As a science teacher at Carmichaels High School in Pennsylvania, I wanted to design a service-learning …
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.
Students and Teachers Make It Happen
A Kansas high school teacher inspires her students–and they inspire her–to seek ways to go green.
Gardens, Gutters, Gophers, and GreenSchools
PLT GreenSchools investigations provide a firm foundation at Walden Community School in Winter Park, Florida.
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.
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.
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.
Special-Needs Students Create a Bloomin’ Butterfly Garden
Planning and tending a garden is an avenue for all students to build character and gain skills. It allows special needs students have the opportunity to expand their capabilities in a collaborative, hands-on setting.
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 Small Project Inspires Students to Tackle Bigger Challenges
After completing a self-guided Meditation Nature Trail, high school students took on a bigger project. They created a permanent, interactive station to teach visitors about interconnectedness in nature.
A GreenSchool Investigates, Then Takes Action
Students and teachers from a South Carolina high school share tips for PLT GreenSchools success.
As Trees Grow, We Grow!
“As Trees Grow, We Grow!” was the theme created by ten students from South Tahoe High School who volunteered to create a presentation for the …
“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.
High School Students Lead Island Clean-Up Project
Litter is a pandemic problem on the island of St. Croix, so local high school students organized a series of “Service Saturdays” to combine a litter clean-up with environmental activities.
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.