Environmental Education Resources

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Every month we carefully select new tools and resources that support and enhance Project Learning Tree’s lessons.


Professional Development

ee360 Fellowship Program

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is accepting applications for its ee360 Community EE Fellowship program. Up to 30 fellows across North America will work in communities of color, low-income urban neighborhoods, impoverished rural regions, and across multi-state regions to mitigate the impacts of environmental degradation on communities. Selected fellows will receive professional development, resources and networking opportunities. Additionally, fellows will receive full financial support to attend a five-day Leadership Institute July 8-13, 2018 at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, VA and a $1,200 scholarship to attend the 2018 Annual NAAEE conference in Spokane, WA in October. Learn more and apply to become an ee360 Community EE Fellow! The deadline to apply is March 1.

Slide Show: A Closer Look at PLT’s Online Workshops

slide-show-introduction-PLT-online-workshopsTake a look at this new video slide show we’ve created, A Closer Look at PLT’s Online Workshops: What’s included and how to get started, to give you a flavor of PLT’s self-directed online courses that educators can access anytime, anywhere. You’ll learn what’s included, key features that provide a quality online learning experience, and how to earn continuing education credits. You’ll also hear feedback from educators who have tried a PLT online course.

Each online workshop includes an electronic version of a PLT supplemental curriculum guide and interactive features to guide you through the content. Lesson planning worksheets and videos of educators demonstrating PLT activities help you plan and facilitate a similar experience with your students and provide ideas for you to tailor the lesson to your curriculum and classroom. Some courses include quizzes and simulations for you to try out an activity from a student’s point of view.

Many of our state partners have added supplemental content to offer you a customized workshop experience. These include website scavenger hunts, lists of state-specific resources, and ideas for local place-based education.


Teaching Toolkit

Teaching About Conservation of Monarch Butterflies

Many classroom teachers use the monarch butterfly to teach about life cycles. Unfortunately, in recent years North American monarch populations have been in decline. To help restore pollinator and monarch butterfly habitat, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has compiled a guide of the best-available resources for educators to use when teaching about monarch butterflies that align with academic standards. The resources include recommendations for curriculum and lesson plans; using live monarchs in the classroom; building pollinator gardens on school grounds; and citizen science opportunities for students. Download the guide, Teaching About the Magnificent Monarch.

(resource for PLT’s GreenSchools School Site Investigation and PLT’s GreenWorks! grants)



A Guide to the Energy of the Earth

As the demand for energy increases throughout the globe it is sourced through a variety of cycles connecting the sun to our food chain to electricity and beyond. Yet, if energy is neither created nor destroyed, where does it come from? TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. In this TED-Ed lesson, A Guide to the Energy of the Earth, educator Joshua M. Sneideman examines the many ways in which the energy all around us is captured and sourced. This 5-minute video is also supported with 10 assessment questions.

(resource for PLT’s Prek-8 Guide: Activity 39—Energy Sleuths, Activity 82—Resource-Go-Round, Activity 85—In the Driver’s Seat, PLT’s Energy & Society Kit, and PLT’s GreenSchools Energy Investigation)

The Chemistry of Clean Water

This video, The Chemistry of Clean Water, from the American Chemistry Council demonstrates some of the ways chemistry keeps the water supply clean. Chemistry helps to purify, protect, and conserve water for safe consumption. The video helps students draw connections to elementary chemistry concepts and STEM.

(resource for PLT’s Prek-8 Guide: Activity 36—Pollution Search, Activity 38—Every Drop Counts and Focus on Forests high school module: Activity 6—Forests to Faucet)

Into the Outdoors: Physical Science Fundamentals

Into the Outdoors empowers students and inspires critical thinking with over 150 videos! This video on Physical Science called “Ice Caves of Lake Superior” offers students the chance to understand fundamentals of the field. The video brings students inside Northern Wisconsin’s Ice Caves along the shores of the Great Lakes. Students will learn more about when they were formed and how they have evolved over time due to erosion and temperature variations.  

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Guide: Activity 48—Field, Forest, and Stream, Activity 82— Resource-Go-Round, E-Unit Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8: Activity 4—Climate Time Machine and Activity 4: Enrich—Shrinking Sea Ice)

Evolution of Organic: The Story of the Organic Movement Documentary

This 86-minute documentary film, Evolution of Organic: The Story of the Organic Movement Documentary, tells the story of the growing organic agriculture movement. It shares insight into some of the most effective organic farming techniques and the people inspiring and building the movement. The documentary is divided into four acts that can be watched one after another or separately. The fourth act concludes with hope for the future of organic farming and offers advice for young people for ways to grow organic farming and carbon farming and sequester carbon dioxide.

(resource for PLT’s Prek-8 Guide: Activity 16—Pass the Plants, Please! and Activity 70—Soil Stories, and PLT’s high school modules Southeastern Forests & Climate Change: Activity 12—The Carbon Puzzle and Focus on Forests: Activity: 7—Forest Invaders)



Beat the Uncertainty: Planning Climate-Resilient Cities

Imagine you and your friends are citizens, policymakers, business leaders, and nonprofit leaders of a coastal city. As a decision maker, your job is to make sure your city is resilient to the impacts of climate change. Use this game, Beat the Uncertainty: Planning Climate-Resilient Cities, with students to help them visualize the impact of climate change and rising sea levels. This simulation was adapted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Download the instructions and game booklet!

(resource for PLT’s Prek-8 Guide: Activity: 55—Planning the Ideal Community, Activity 57—Democracy in Action, and Activity 85—In the Driver’s Seat, and PLT’s high school modules Places We Live: Activity 6—A Vision for the Future and Southeastern Forests & Climate Change: Activity 5—Managing Forest for Change)


Children’s Books

The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales From the Middle East

This first-hand account of nature and environmental issues in the middle east is great for ages 7 and up. Written by award-winning author Michael Caduto and illustrated by Odelia Liphshiz, The Garden of Wisdom: Earth Tales From the Middle East brings together traditional stories about earth, stewardship, and protecting endangered species. Gathered from oral tradition, stories range from themes of Animal, Plants, Friendship, Stewardship, and Wisdom. The book offers sections for parents and teachers to draw connections to lessons from each story and dig deeper into the sources. 

(resource for PLT’s PreK-8 Guide: Activity 88—Life on the Edge, Activity 90—Native Ways, and Activity 92—Look at Lifestyles and PLT’s high school module Focus on Forests: Activity 9—Words to Live By)


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