Pennsylvania Project Learning Tree
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.
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
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:
(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
(9-12 grades) modules teach the importance of informed decision-making on issues that affect the environment
After educators participate in a PA PLT training workshop, they have the opportunity to apply for
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.