Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is the flagship program of Colorado State Forest Service for reaching younger audiences via workshops for PreK-12 educators.
Project Learning Tree (PLT®)
- Durango Teacher Receives 2012 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator Award
- Age-Based Activity Guides
- Colorado PLT Contact Information
Project Learning Tree is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-12. PLT is one of the most widely used environmental education programs inside and outside the United States.
PLT is Colorado's flagship program for reaching younger audiences via workshops for PreK-12th grade educators. Colorado natural resource educators helped create PLT in 1973, and the Colorado program has been coordinated by the Colorado State Forest Service since 1984, training 500-800 educators per year in workshops around the state. In turn, Colorado teachers reach approximately 15,000 students annually.
Project Learning Tree (PLT), the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation, named Lu Boren one of five 2012 National PLT Outstanding Educators. Boren is a middle school science teacher at St. Columba School in Durango, Colo. Read more
PLT is Colorado's flagship program for reaching younger audiences via workshops for PreK-12th grade educators. Colorado natural resource educators helped create PLT in 1973, and the Colorado program has been coordinated by the CSFS since 1984, training 500-800 educators annually.
PLT staff development workshops are 3-16 hours long, typically cost $20-$30 and offer optional college credit. Workshops are active and content-rich, and incorporate reading, technology and differentiated-learning techniques. Activities demonstrate best practices in education methodology such as constructed, cooperative and facilitated learning.
GreenWorks! mini-grants for service learning projects also are available to PLT-trained educators.
Workshop participants receive one or more of the following activity guides: PreK-8, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood or Single-Topic Modules for Secondary Students. Additional appropriate materials are also available, including posters, videos, CDs, DVDs and other resources about Colorado's trees, forests and environmental issues.
All activities have been correlated with national science, social studies and environmental education standards.
Project Learning Tree materials are continually revised to reflect changing trends in classroom and natural resources education. New resources include our Urban Forestry Connections, Earth & Sky Radio Connections and the PLT-BLM Fire Education Initiative.
The Branch Newsletter is published quarterly and contains a collection of PLT updates, environmental education news, educator tips, environmental education resources and feature articles.
For more information about the Colorado PLT program and upcoming workshops for preschool through high school educators, please contact:
Project Learning Tree Coordinator
Colorado State Forest Service
15240 South Golden Rd.
Golden, CO 80401
Telephone: (303) 278-8822