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Pennsylvania Project Learning Tree

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Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning, environmental education program for educators working with students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Through hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, PLT uses the forest as a “window on the world” to help young people learn how to think – not what to think – about complex environmental issues.

PLT programming is offered in Pennsylvania! DCNR is the state sponsor of Project Learning Tree in Pennsylvania.

Information for Educators

Pennsylvania Project Learning Tree (PA PLT) offers training workshops for teachers and educators throughout the state.

Project Learning Tree Workshops

Trained PLT facilitators conduct workshops throughout Pennsylvania for educators, so they can teach children about important environmental issues.

During these workshops, educators receive PLT activities and materials, as well as practical, hands-on training.

Act 48 hours are offered for in-person workshops.

Check the DCNR calendar of events to find a PA PLT workshop near you.

If you don’t find a training workshop near you, you can host one, with a minimum of eight participants, or you can register for an online training.

Project Learning Tree Materials

Educational materials are available for teachers of PreK-12 students that have taken a PA PLT training workshop.

These materials engage students in hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons.

Teaching materials are offered for educators of three student age groups:

  • Early childhood (ages 3–6 years) materials offer more than 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration
  • Elementary and middle school (preK-8 grades) activities are tailored to specific grade levels and learning objectives to build critical thinking skills and incorporate technology
  • High school (9-12 grades) modules teach the importance of informed decision-making on issues that affect the environment

Grant Opportunities

After educators participate in a PA PLT training workshop, they have the opportunity to apply for GreenWorks! grants.

Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world.

Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.

The 2017 deadline to apply is September 30. Funding will be distributed in December 2017.

Information for Families

PLT offers family activities that help connect children to the outdoors and nature. Families can download each activity or purchase the printed guide for families that contains a collection of more than 30 fun activities.

The activities are suitable for children ages 3–15.