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Below are some helpful lessons, tips, and resources to assist educators with activity ideas for remote teaching and virtual learning, and parents with homeschooling. Many PLT activities can be adapted to present virtually or they can be assigned to students for independent exploration.

Be sure to check back regularly as we continue to update these Resources for PLT’s Lessons to support teachers during COVID-19. You can also:





PLT Workshops: Benefits Now, Benefits for the Future Project Learning Tree now offers remote professional development to model new ways educators can work with students virtually, including adaptations to PLT activities.



Google Slides and Docs are great tools for facilitating virtual learning and student collaboration. They can be integrated into Google Classroom or other e-learning platforms. Check the PLT activities below for our remote-ready educator instructions and student pages.

Please note: Resources are available as view only and require that you make a copy to your own Drive in order to edit and share with your students. To learn how, watch this demo.

Google slide example for virtual learning


PLT’s E-Units For Grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8

  • Student Worksheets are available as fillable PDFs and Google Slides compatible with Google Classroom. To access the slides, go to the Tools Tab within the e-unit, and you can also find them under Technical Support.

book cover Explore Your Environment K-8 Activity Guide


Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide


PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide 


virtual learning PLT activity simulations
PLT Activity Simulations for Students


find-your-green-job-youth-personality-quizGreen Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers


Looking for an activity not listed above?
Login to access PDFs of all PLT’s Student Pages and create your own Google Slides; watch this YouTube tutorial.

Pro TipModify or enhance PLT activities by incorporating tools such as PearDeck, which works well with Google Slides, Padlet, or EdPuzzle


project learning tree video demonstrations of activities in actionVIDEO DEMONSTRATIONS OF PLT ACTIVITIES

Check out these simple videos of PLT activities in action. Created by PLT Coordinators across the country, these demos can assist educators with activity ideas for remote teaching and virtual learning, and parents with homeschooling.



NAAEE’s eeGuidance for Reopening Schools

Developed by North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), eeGuidance for Reopening Schools offers recommendations, such as using the school grounds for outdoor classroom spaces; engaging local environmental education programs, such as nature centers; tapping into the expertise of environmental educators to support teaching and learning; creating healthier learning environments, and supporting at-home learning.

(Need help? We encourage you to reach out to your Project Learning Tree Coordinator in your state. They have the expertise and local connections to provide teachers support for outdoor education. They can help with ways to safely use school grounds for learning. They can recommend PLT activities that suit your situation, can be done safely and meet state learning standards. They can also suggest ways to blend face-to-face and virtual teaching. Plus, PLT’s GreenSchools program can provide ideas for utilizing outdoor spaces for outdoor classrooms, as well as creating healthier learning environments, and our Activities for Families support at-home learning.)



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