PLT Links of Interest


You Can Make a Difference Middle School Teaching Kit 

The EPA has created a free middle school teaching kit entitled You Can Make a Difference. The posters on The Life Cycle of a CD or DVD, The Life Cycle of a Cell Phone, and The Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball would be perfect for use with Activity 75: A Few of My Favorite Things and Activity 82: Resource Go Round.

To order your free kit, complete the online request form at:

Project Budburst (resource for PLT's PreK-8 activities “Bursting Buds,” “Signs of Fall,” “Looking at Leaves,” “Adopt a Tree,” “The Closer You Look,” “Have Seeds, Will Travel” and more)

Join thousands of others in gathering valuable environmental and climate change info from across the country. Project BudBurst at engages the public in making careful observations of the phenophases, such as first leafing, first flower, and first fruit ripening of a diversity of local trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses. Get students outside and making seasonal observations with Project BudBurst


Schoolyard Habitat Guide (resource for PLT's PreK-8 activities “Schoolyard Safari” and “Trees as Habitats,” as well as PLT's GreenWorks! and GreenSchools! program)

This guide provides the basic steps needed to restore and/or create wildlife habitat. It is designed so that students complete several tasks that will lead to establishing a forest, meadow, or wetland on school grounds. The projects can range in size from a small 20’ by 20’ area to an acre or more. These steps were developed from the experiences of several schools that have completed similar projects. The process incorporates critical thinking and decision-making skills while challenging students in reading, writing, science, mathematics, and language arts.  You can download the entire PDF online for free from the US Fish & Wildlife Service Website:

The Secret Life of Trees(resource for PLT's PreK-8 activites “Get in Touch with Trees”, “How Plants Grow”, “To be a Tree”, and PLT's new Early Childhood guide)

This animated presentation for students in grades 3-5 explains in detail how an acorn becomes a tree. The audio is available in English and Spanish.


Mission Migration (resource for PLT's PreK-8 activites “Picture This!,” “Trees as Habitats,” “Web of Life,” “Schoolyard Safari,” “Tropical Treehouse,” and more)

In the spring and the fall, many birds fly long distances in search of food, water, shelter and space: the same basic things that humans need to survive. In this interactive online game from Audubon, students help a flock migrate safely by learning how choices you make each day around your home, school, and neighborhood can affect the fate of these migrating birds - in both positive and negative ways. By the time they are done, students will have the skills and knowledge to help birds thrive and survive around their homes.


Teachers Conservation Workshop (TCW): is a free week long workshop for educators who want to incorporate the environment into their everyday curriculum. This workshop is designed with Teachers in mind with hands-on-activities and field trips allowing you to learn the latest techniques in forest management that can be utilized in the classroom. Please click here to learn more about the Teacher's Conservation Workshop.


University of Tennessee Extension:works with the local governments, community leaders, and individuals to address problems and issues that help improve people lives. Extension is engaged in a board range of educational programs in agriculture, community resource development, nutrition, health, family issues, lawn and garden, and youth development.

University of Tennessee Extension Website:


Tennessee Divsion of Forestry The forests covering more than half of Tennessee provide clean water, wildlife habitat, natural beauty and recreation. They raise our quality of life, promote tourism, and support a renewable forest products industry & employing 78,000 Tennesseans.

Tennessee Division of Forestry protects this resource and promotes its sustainable use through sustainable management emphasizes different uses of the forest in different situations, but always avoids destructive exploitation or lost opportunities due to neglect or ignorance. Specific division programs include: Fire Detection, suppression and prevention urban and community forest assistance, insect and disease control statewide forest inventory and analysis, water quality protection, assistance to non-corporate landowners, forest seedling nurseries, forest products marketing information, genetic tree improvement, and state forest system management.

Tennessee Division of Forestry Website: