How to Start a Classroom Garden With Minimal Resources
Spring has sprung, which means now is the perfect time to start a classroom garden! Learn how to get your garden growing with minimal resources while engaging students with hands-on learning.
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.
Soil Erosion: Why It Happens and What We Can Do About It
Soil is unbelievably important for forests and all of life on earth. Help youth understand the negative effects of erosion and encourage soil development with our article and student activity ideas.
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.
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.
How Students Can Help Reduce Single-Use Plastic to Protect the Environment
Thirty-two percent of the plastics produced each year flow into our oceans. Here are a few ways you can encourage your students to reflect on how much plastic they use and how they can reduce their plastic consumption to protect the environment.
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.
10 Tips from a Student for a High Performing Green School
As the leader of the Green Team at my high school, I’m proud of the collaborative efforts of over 100 students, the principal, and volunteers.
11 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Lesson Ideas for Every Subject
Give “reduce, reuse, recycle” a whole new meaning by incorporating this concept into many subject areas. Many of these hands-on project ideas can be adapted for any grade.
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.
Tree Planting Tips
Ready, set, plant! Tree planting tips for your class, community group, or family to use when planting trees.
Recycling Myths Busted
What does the recycling symbol represent? If you answered, “reduce, reuse, recycle”, that is incorrect! Read on for more recycling myths busted…
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 …
Rejuvenate Your School Garden in September
A Master Gardener shares his check list of things to do in the garden in September.
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.
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.
Green from the Blueprint
‘Ewa Makai Middle School’s vision: Empower, Explore, Excel Together! In becoming a green school, faculty and students work together to make the vision a reality.
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.
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.
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.