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Project Learning Tree

PLTLogo_NC_outlineProject Learning Tree ® (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT is a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.


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PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment.

The curriculum materials provide the tools educators need to bring the environment into the classroom and their students into the environment. Though ‘tree’ is in the name, the curriculum looks at natural and built environments and covers topics ranging from forests, wildlife, and water, to community planning, waste management and energy.

PLT improves student learning.
Through PLT, students learn environmental content that correlates to national and state standards in science, social studies, language arts, math, and other subjects – and strengthen their critical thinking, team building, and problem solving skills.

PLT works for teachers and other educators because:

  • PLT materials are aligned with state and national education standards.
  • PLT is broad based: topics cover the total environment and are local, national, and global in scope.
  • PLT provides the one great lesson a week you wish you had time to plan.
  • PLT is adaptable to many contexts: classroom, playground, nature center, home; and many audiences: PreK-12 students, youth groups, 4-H clubs, museum visitors, and community groups.
  • PLT is cross-curricular, making it easy to infuse its environmental lessons into science, language arts, special education, and other classes.
  • PLT workshops are hands-on and engaging.

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Renee Strnad, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRenee StrnadEnvironmental Educator Call Renee Email Renee Forestry & Environmental Resources
NC State Extension, NC State University
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