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Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education initiative designed for teachers and other educators, parents, 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 in-service 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 educator's meet requirements within their Professional Growth Plan (PGP) including the following TESS Domains: 1c, 1e, 1f, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, and 4e.


Explore the National PLT web site at


PLT is an initiative of SFI Inc.



PLT Workshop Calendar 

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


Can’t make it to an in-person workshop?

We also offer online courses.


In-Person Workshops

Project WILD and PLT Wild Turkey Workshop

January 22, 2020

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

8300 Wells Lake Rd

Ft. Smith, AR

To register, contact Danielle Simmons [email protected] or (479) 452-3993

Cost: FREE

Qualifies for 6 hours of ADE-approved Professional Development

Participants are requested to please bring a sack lunch


PLT and Project WILD Pollinator Workshop

February 13, 2020

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Camp Wotapi

4100 Wotapi Drive

El Dorado, AR

To register, contact Rob Beadel [email protected] or (501) 374-2441

Cost: $10 per person payable at workshop

Qualifies for 6 hours of ADE-approved Professional Development

Participants are requested to please bring a lunch

See flyer (PDF) for more information.


TCT Session 1: Woods, Water, and Waterfowl Workshop

February 20-21, 2020

AGFC's Potlatch Conservation Education on Cook's Lake

625 Cook's Lake Rd.

Casscoe, AR

Click here for more details and registration information.


PLT and WILD Waterfowl Workshop

February 28, 2020

Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center

600 E Lawson Rd.

Jonesboro, AR

Cost: $10 per person payable at workshop

To register, email Lee Elkins at [email protected] 

Qualifies for 6 hours of ADE-approved Professional Development

Participants are requested to please bring a lunch


TCT Session 2: Prescribed Fire for Educators Workshop

March 12-13, 2020

Ozark Natural Science Center

1905 Madison 1305

Huntsville, AR

Click here for more details and registration information.


TCT Session 3: Pine to Paper Workshop

June 23-24, 2020

Arkansas Tech University

Doc Bryan Room 180

Russellville, AR

Click here for more details and registration information.





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 workshop 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 will 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.

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. 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 teacher workshop will be held in your area, call (501) 374-2441 or e-mail Rob Beadel.

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