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 across the state.
Regional PLT-WET-WILD Ecosystem Workshop
October 9-11, 2016
Lake Fort Smith State Park
Cost: $75; covers two nights lodging, meals, and materials
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.
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.