Learning Tree® (PLT) is widely recognized as one of the premier environmental
education programs in the world. Through
hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, PLT helps young people learn how to
think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues.
Learning Tree is a program of the American Forest Foundation. In Wisconsin, PLT is sponsored by the LEAF Program in the Wisconsin Center for
Environmental Education at UW-Stevens Point in partnership with the national PLT program. Support is also provided by the
Wisconsin DNR – Division of Forestry.
As part of the LEAF program, PLT supplements Wisconsin's forestry education curriculum. Introduced in the early 1970’s to meet
state standards, PLT provides the tools educators need to bring the environment
into their classrooms and their students into the environment. Project Learning
Tree uses the forest and trees as “windows” into the natural and built
environments, helping students gain awareness of the world around them and
their place in it. PLT has unique curriculum for early childhood, pre k-8, and secondary students.
The PreK-8 activity
guide, which you receive with completion of a workshop, contains 96 hands-on interdisciplinary activities. Topics include forests,
wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species,
community planning, and culture. Several
of the many activities pertaining to these topics include: Tree Lifecycle;
Trees in Trouble; Field, Forest and Stream; Energy Sleuths; Reduce, Reuse and
Recycle; and Our Changing World.
PLT's early childhood
education guide developed in 2010, Environmental
Experiences for Early Childhood, targets children ages 3-6. This guide integrates nature-based
exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into
early childhood education programs. Workshop participants also receive a music and movement CD along with the guide upon completion of an early childhood workshop.
Available to secondary educators are four secondary modules found in Project Learning Tree’s Exploring Environmental Issues series that include: Focus on Risk; Focus on Forests; Forests of the World; and Places we Live.
Workshops can be scheduled at your facility or if you are an individual looking for a workshop you can check the Project Learning Tree Professional Development calendar. All workshops can be customized for your needs and cost approximately $25.00 per person. Early Childhood workshops run 2-3 hours in length and qualify for Registry credit. Pre K-8 workshops run 6 hours in length. Secondary workshops are 2 hours per module and can be combined with another secondary module or pre k-8 workshop.
more about Project Learning Tree visit, www.plt.org. Or contact Ann Lindner, Wisconsin-PLT coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions on
how to request a professional development workshop in your area.
Project Learning Tree also incorporates green initiatives to help students improve the environment at their schools. If you are interested in PLT's GreenSchools! program, visit Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools at ghswisconsin.org.