What is Project Learning Tree


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Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators working with students in pre-K through grade 12. Since its inception in 1976, Project Learning Tree has emerged as one of the country’s leading and most widely-used environmental programs in the U.S. and abroad. PLT is people. It is a network of 3,000 grassroots volunteers and over 100 state coordinators that work in conjunction with teachers, schools, state agencies, foresters, businesses as well as civic organizations, museums, nature centers, and youth groups to provide workshops and in-service programs. Over 500,000 educators have been trained to use PLT materials, and more than 25 million students have been reached in the United States, the Trust Territories, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Brazil and Mexico

PLT uses the forest as a "window" into natural and built environments, helping students gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them, as well as their place in it. PLT focuses on the total environment: land, air and water and is local, national and global in scope. PLT works in the city, suburbs, and country and both in the classroom and outdoors.

PLT is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities and provides workshops and in-service training for teachers and other educators. During the workshop, participants are introduced to the PLT activity guide and learn how to use it in their own particular setting.

Project Learning Tree continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. PLT increases students' understanding of our complex environment. PLT is designed to teach students how to think, not what to think about environmental issues.