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Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program that presents a balanced approach to teaching our children about our forests, forestry, and the environment. It uses the forest as a"window" into the natural world, helping young people gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them, as well as their place within it.

PLT is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities and provides workshops and in-service programs for teachers, foresters, park and nature center staff, and youth group leaders. PLT works in the city and the country, whether there is a forest or a single tree. It helps prepare students to make wise decisions about conservation practices and resource use.

PLT Workshop Calendar 

Contact Rob Beadel for workshop information via email or at (501) 374-2441.

 

Here is a listing of PLT-related professional development workshops currently scheduled.

 

PLT Workshop
June 2, 2016

9:00 - 3:00

Fayetteville Public Library
Ann Henry Board Room
401 West Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR

To register, contact Robin Gregory robin@nativeexpeditions.org

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.

 
PLT-WET-WILD Workshop

June 8, 2016

8:30 - 4:30

Dawson Education Service Coop

Arkadelphia, AR

Teachers can register online at https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=280670

or contact Annette Brown annetteb@dawsonesc.com for details.

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.

 

PLT's Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste Workshop

June 15, 2016

Eco-Vista Landfill

1041 Arbor Acres Ave.

Springdale, AR

To register contact Leah Saffian lsaffian@co.washington.ar.us

Lunch is provided

PLT Municipal Solid Waste curriculum guide will cost $10

  

Do the Rot Thing Composting Workshop

June 16, 2016

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

4703 N. Crossover Rd.

Fayetteville, AR 

To register, contact Leah Saffian lsaffian@co.washington.ar.us

PLT Municipal Solid Waste curriculum guide will cost $10

 

Teacher Conservation Tour

June 20-24, 2016

UAM School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Monticello, AR

Visit http://www.arkforests.org/?page=TCT for more details.

 

PLT Early Childhood and Growing Up WILD Workshop

June 29, 2016

9:00 - 3:30

Witt Stephens, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Little Rock, AR

Contact Hollie Berdeja hollie.berdeja@agfc.ar.gov for details.

PLT Early Childhood curriculum guide and CD will cost $10.

 

PLT-WET-WILD Workshop

July 7, 2016

8:30 - 4:30

Arch Ford Education Service Coop

Plumerville, AR

Teachers can register online at https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=276911 or contact Sheila Connerly at sheila.connerly@agfc.ar.gov for details.

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.

 

PLT-WET-WILD Workshop

July 12, 2016

8:30 - 4:30

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Education Center

Columbus, AR (near Hope)

Teachers can register online at https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=274608 or Contact Barbara Miller millerb@adeq.state.ar.us for details.

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.

 

Recycling Economics

July 14, 2016

8:30 - 3:30

First United Methodist Church

701 W. Main Street

Blytheville, AR

Register online at http://goo.gl/forms/NVTeY5Q1qm

PLT Municipal Solid Waste curriculum guide will cost $10

 

PLT-WET-WILD Workshop

July 15, 2016

8:30 - 4:30

Henderson State University Campus

EDC 108

Arkadelphia, AR

Contact Betty Ramsey at ramseyb@hsu.edu for details.

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.

 

PLT Early Childhood and Growing Up WILD Workshop

July 19, 2016

9:00 - 3:30

Valley View High School

Project Lab Room 200

Jonesboro, AR

Teachers can register online at https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=275919  or contact Tammy Winslow twinslow@crmail.k12.ar.us for details.

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.

 

PLT-WET-WILD Workshop

July 20, 2016

8:30 - 4:30

Valley View High School

Project Lab Room 200

Jonesboro, AR

Teachers can register online at https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=277116 or contact Tammy Winslow twinslow@crmail.k12.ar.us for details.

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.


PLT-WET-WILD Workshop

July 26, 2016

8:30 - 4:30

Lake Dardanelle State Park
Russellville, AR

Contact Sasha Bowles at sasha.bowles@arkansas.gov for details.

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.

 

PLT-WET-WILD Wetland Focus Workshop

July 28, 2016

8:30 - 4:30

Westside Wastewater Treatment Facility and Woolsey Wet Prairie

Fayetteville, AR

Contact Barbara Miller millerb@adeq.state.ar.us for details.

PLT curriculum guide will cost $10.

  

Do the Rot Thing Composting Workshop

August 3, 2016

8:30 - 3:30

SE Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

Conference Room C

Monticello, AR 

Register online at https://www.escweb.net/ar_esc/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=274522

PLT Municipal Solid Waste curriculum guide will cost $10

 

Regional PLT-WET-WILD Ecosystem Workshop

October 9-11, 2016

Lake Fort Smith State Park

Mountainburg, AR

Cost: $75; covers two nights lodging, meals, and materials

Click here for more details.


PLT/Arkansas State Curriculum Correlations - click on subject/grade to download PDF

Bibliographies - PDFs


Benefits

Children learn how to think, but not what to think, about our complex environment, discover how subjects and skills taught in classroom relate to the world around them, develop skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, evaluation, and research, and have fun while learning. Teachers receive a ready-to-use PLT guide, resource materials, and a complimentary subscription to PLT's newsletter, the Branch, filled with teaching ideas and activities, discover over 175 activities that help teach science, mathematics, language, arts, social studies, humanities, and other subjects, and participate in a creative workshop that helps improve classroom skills.

Getting Involved

You find out about PLT resources and activities at a workshop or university course held in your area, where you will meet with foresters, resource professionals, and other educators. During this workshop you will:

  • Participate in hands-on PLT activities, both indoors and out.
  • Learn more about trees and forest ecology from foresters.
  • Expand your knowledge and teaching skills.
  • Find out how PLT can enliven your curriculum.
  • Meet and share ideas, information, and resources with other professionals.

At the workshops, you will receive training in PLT activities and have the opportunity to plan ways in which the activities can be used in your classroom or program. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase the PLT curriculum at the conclusion of the workshop for a $10 fee.

 

To find out when the next PLT teacher workshop will be held in your area, call (501) 374-2441 or e-mail Rob Beadel.

Explore the National PLT web site.

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