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The Branch Newsletter: Winter 2011

In this issue:  2011 is International Year of Forests; PLT GreenWorks! grants for pollinator gardens; a "Web of Life" trail station; PLT's GreenSchools! program meets the needs of diverse schools; and more.


News & Updates

EE Policy Update - Winter 2011
EE Policy Update - Winter 2011By Melissa Moeller
Find out about the Administration’s proposals for continuing, developing, and funding federal programs that offer educators environmental education professional development and resources, and service-learning opportunities for your students.
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Taking Action

PLT Awards 28 Grants to Create Pollinator Gardens
PLT Awards 28 Grants to Create Pollinator GardensBy Vanessa Bullwinkle
Students in 20 states will conduct service-learning projects to provide habitat for bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. And, on April 13, join an electronic field trip featuring high school students from Austin, TX who completed a PLT GreenWorks! project to provide habitat for migrating Monarchs and other important local butterfly species.
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Web of Life Trail Station
Web of Life Trail StationBy Amy Kaspar
High school students use PLT’s “Web of Life” activity as the foundation for the design and construction of a final learning station on a meditation nature trail in Columbus, OH.
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Two Schools in One City Show the Versatility of PLT GreenSchools!
Two Schools in One City Show the Versatility of PLT GreenSchools!By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
In Houston, a diverse Title 1 public school for 950 students in grades 6-8, and a private school for 110 individuals of all ages with neurological differences, both use PLT’s GreenSchools! program to meet the needs of their students.
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Educator Tips

PLTís Environmental Exchange Box Activity Provides an Array of Teaching and Learning Opportunities
PLTís Environmental Exchange Box Activity Provides an Array of Teaching and Learning OpportunitiesBy Vanessa Bullwinkle
Teachers in ten schools share their experiences using a specially designed version of a PLT activity, available online, to help you plan and conduct a “forest exchange” with students in a different part of the country in celebration of 2011 International Year of Forests.
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Resources

EE Resources - Winter 2011
EE Resources - Winter 2011By Jaclyn Stallard
Webinars, contests, grants, podcasts, and resources.
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