January 17, 2023
As we ring in the New Year and look forward to all the great things to come in 2023 (hello, The Journeys of Black Professionals in Green Careers Guide and PLT U.S. Green Mentor cohort!), it’s also a perfect time to reflect on and celebrate the past year. From launching new PLT materials like Trees & Me and our activity collections, Connecting for Health and Planet and Trillions of Trees, to the continued success of PLT state coordinators and facilitators training over 6,000 educators—we made big impacts in 2022.
Below are the top PLT resources, activities, and environmental education ideas shared over the last year.
Check out some of our newest resources and a few familiar ones that you’ll want to bookmark!
A Lifetime of Learning
There is no greater gift than introducing a child, no matter what age, to nature. From early childhood to young adulthood, PLT offers a lifetime of learning opportunities to introduce people to nature.
Whether taking learning outdoors, growing forest literacy, or connecting future green leaders with mentors and career pathway opportunities, PLT helps create the next generation of forest and conservation stewards with proven educational resources that have touched the lives of millions of students for nearly 50 years. As we begin this new year, we’re excited to expand our programming to offer career pathways resources for young adults.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to support and nurture the next generation of green leaders!
Check out this inspiring new video that shows the meaningful impacts of nature on a young person’s life and career pathway.
Educator Resources to Advance Indigenous Rights and Relationships
These online courses promote respectful relationship building and greater understanding, recognition, and respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights, traditional knowledge, representative institutions, and distinctive relationships with the forest. We’ve created a special 4-hour bundle for environmental educators who want to enhance their ability to build meaningful forest-focused relationships with Indigenous communities and respectfully co-develop environmental education programs and resources alongside Indigenous communities, educators, and knowledge holders.
This free interactive online experience guides youth ages 14+ through the forest, helping them understand why forests matter, the benefits of sustainable forest management, and the impact of forests on people’s lives. Along the way, they’ll meet various professionals who provide insights into green career paths.
Whether you are an environmental educator, high school or university faculty, career/guidance counselor, or a mentor, this valuable tool can help students understand the value and benefits of forests and trees. It’s also a great way to expose young adults to various green jobs and inspire them to take action on behalf of forests.
Check out the Forest Quest trailer to learn more and have your students get started on their journey today!
Top 2022 Resources & Tips for Educators
Bookmark the following activity ideas and let us know what you think in the comments and on social media!
- Bird Feeder Projects Featuring Natural and Recycled Materials: Engage kids in outdoor learning with a variety of fun, hands-on bird feeder projects featuring recycled and natural materials.
- How Trees Survive Cold Winters: When temperatures drop and days get shorter, trees start to prepare for the cold of the winter. How do different kinds of trees adapt to the cold? Take a closer look at trees and get children to investigate the seasonal changes!
- Expand Your Classroom with Nature-Based Sensory Activities: Explore the world outside or bring the outdoors in with nature-based sensory activities that meet the needs of all students, including those with diverse or special needs.
- How to Introduce Students to Urban Birdwatching: Introduce kids to urban birdwatching and help them enjoy their immediate environments! Check out how to get started with urban birdwatching at your school, daycare, summer camp, or home, along with bird-themed activities that you can adapt for your classroom.
- Celebrate Earth Day with Community Science Projects: Want to do something for the environment to honor Earth Day, Earth Month, or anytime at all? Make an impact as a citizen scientist and contribute to real-life data while helping conserve ecosystems.