Professional Development

Project Learning Tree provides high quality professional development to formal and non-formal educators throughout the state. Workshops are eligible for SCECH's but it is the facilitator's responsibility to obtain approval to award credits prior to the event. 

February 12-13, 2024 Project WILD/Project Learning Tree Facilitator level Professional Development Training (Train the Trainer)

Event: Project WILD and Project Learning Tree Facilitator Level Professional Development Training (Train the Trainer)

Dates: February 12-13 , 2024

Times: 10 am Day 1 - 4:30 pm Day 2, presence in the evening for group work is required.

Prerequisite: At least one educator level Project WILD or Project Learning Tree Certification including: PLT K-8, PLT Early Childhood, Growing Up WILD, Aquatic WILD, K-12 WILD or Flying WILD (any combo class with more that one is also valid).

Where: Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon, MI

Fee: $50 to hold your spot, PLT and WILD will cover all meals and lodging. Payment should be made by calling the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center at 989-821-6200

SCECH: 10 State Continuing Education Clock Hours will be offered at no charge

Details: This training will prepare educators (naturalists, curriculum coordinators, camp leaders, scout leaders etc.) to train other adults to run Project WILD and Project Learning Tree activities. It will focus on the best practices of environmental AND adult education, modeling activities, tying activities to grade levels and the NGSS/Michigan Science Standards, statewide and local resources, marketing ideas, field investigations, inquiry-based and place-based learning. Group projects and attendance for the entire session is required for certification-but it will be fun and engaging! This training counts for the Michigan-based half of Strand 2 of the Environmental Educator Certification Program (

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Michigan is hosting the upcoming Great Lakes States School Forests Webinar

Date: February 27th 3pm CST/4pm EST. 
Join us to learn about:
-School Forest Programs in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota
-Engaging activities using Project Learning Tree to utilize your outdoor spaces!
-Connect with other people from your state to share challenges and successes

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March 16th, 2024 in Detroit- SFI-PLT-MANRRS Black Faces in Green Spaces: The Journeys of Black Professionals in Green Careers.

Date: March 16th

Where: DNR Outdoor Adventure Center

Details: The Journeys guide was created in partnership with Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), and Project Learning Tree. The purpose is to inspire young Black Americans to pursue forest and conservation careers by telling the stories of Black Americans who have taken this career path and who have advice and resources to share. This workshop will provide both formal and non-formal educators with the tools, resources, and network to share the guide with students and other educators.

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4/28/2024 Combined Project Learning Tree/Project WILD Workshop

Workshop for Conservation District Staff and other interested individuals.  9-3pm at Grand Traverse Conservation District, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI, 49685 Cost $70.  email to sign-up.

6/6/2024 Combined Project Learning Tree/Project WILD Workshop

Workshop for Nature Day camp staff and other interested individuals 9-3pm  at Grand Traverse Conservation District, 1450 Cass Road, Traverse City, MI, 49685 Cost $70.  email to sign-up.

9/28/24 Project Learning Tree Workshop

Saturday, Sept 28, 2024 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Lake St Clair Metropark Nature Center Registration TBA.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Leading Outdoor Learning Experiences
(Even When It’s Cold)  (Recording available for a limited time!) 
Description: Nature provides year-round learning opportunities for kids—even when it’s cold! Join Project Learning Tree in a webinar exploring strategies that make the most of winters outdoors and discover fun, hands-on nature activities.

Looking to plan a workshop for your staff? Please contact Andrea Stay at A workshop needs a minimum of 10 people. 

Project WILD is currently offering grant-funded virtual
Michigan Aquatic WILD Professional Development courses

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