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Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education initiative designed for teachers and other educators, parents, natural resource professionals, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

 

Project Learning Tree activities helps develop students' awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment, builds their skills and ability to make informed decisions, and encourages them to take personal responsibility for sustaining the environment and our quality of life that depends on it.

The PLT curriculum is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities and provides workshops and professional development programs for teachers, natural resource professionals, park and nature center staff, and youth group leaders. PLT works in both urban and rural settings, whether there is a forest or a single tree.

 

Project Learning Tree activities help licensed educators meet requirements within their Professional Growth Plan (PGP) including: TESS Domains: 1c, 1e, 1f, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, and 4e.

 

Activities from the PLT PreK-8 Activity guide can be used during remote learning and social distancing. Click  here for a list of activities that work in these situations. (PDF)

 

Explore the National PLT web site at www.plt.org

 

PLT is an initiative of SFI, Inc.

 


 

PLT Professional Development

Below is a listing of upcoming PLT-related professional development events currently scheduled across the state. If you are interested in hosting a PD event in your area, please contact Rob Beadel via email or call (501) 374-2441 to find out how.

 

Can’t make it to an in-person PD event? National Project Learning Tree hosts  online courses for several different curriculum guides.

 

Click here to see what PLT professional development topics/themes are available. (PDF)

 

If interested in participating in a self-paced Virtual PD Event online featuring PLT's PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, please contact Rob Beadel via email for more information. 

 

PLT PreK-8 Zoom PD Events conducted in an interactive live Zoom format are also available for school districts and other interested groups. This workshop format includes two 90-minute online Zoom sessions with homework. Please contact Rob Beadel via email for more information.

 


 

In-Person Professional Development Calendar

Sorry, there are no in-person PD events currently scheduled at this time. Please check back regularly for updates.

 


 


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

Join us for an interactive, fun and educational professional development that will provide you with instruction on how to incorporate environmental education activities into your classes, camps, and educational programs. These hands-on professional development workshops provide you with curriculum and resources and an opportunity to meet with foresters, resource professionals, and other educators. During a workshop you will:

  • Participate in hands-on PLT activities, both indoors and out
  • Learn more about trees and forest ecology
  • Expand your knowledge and teaching skills
  • Find out how PLT can enliven your curriculum
  • Meet and share ideas, information, and resources with other professionals
  • Earn PD credit from the Arkansas Department of Education and/or the Arkansas Professional Development Registry 

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 education program. There is a $10 per person fee for PLT workshops. Each participants will receive a PLT curriculum guide at the conclusion of the training.

 

To find out when the next PLT PD Event will be held in your area, check the calendar listings above or contact Rob Beadel via email.

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