Michigan Project Learning Tree

Empowering Educators, Inspiring Youth.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning international environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

PLT provides educators with tools, training, and resources to bring the environment into their classrooms, and their students into the environment. Since its beginning in 1976 and introduction to Michigan in 1979, educators have used PLT to teach about both the natural and built environment-forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and culture to name a few. The materials are multi-disciplinary and aligned with state and national education standards.

Teachers and educators attend Project Learning Tree workshops to get materials and activity guides, professional development (SCECH credits), and may choose to become a trained PLT facilitators.

Blindfolded student looks at camera while feeling bark of treeGroup of students and teacher walk towards water on field triptwo students use forestry tools to size a treecamera view through paper tube binoculars looking at a treeStudent measures diameter of tree with measuring tapeStudent hides behind a colored 'Flat Smokey" while sitting in a treeLetter from student to principal about school forest with leaf and monarch caterpillarstudent with arms stretched out to 'distance hug' a group of treesStudent looks through forestry tool in woods while receiving instruction from DNR staffJoan Chadde, 2011 Educator of the Year, holding leaf shaped awardstudent holding paper tube binoculars to face while exploring in a treeStudent and two toddlers looking at a dish of water with leaves and stonesStudent examining flowering grass seed headStudent writes with chalk on driveway to describe observations with sensesStudent reaching to hold onto trunk of small treeTwo professionals on stage at 2014 PLT National Conference using hands to demonstrate where Traverse City is in MichiganTwo children hugging half of a large tree in the forest

Michigan PLT Curriculum

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