Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
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Project Learning Tree's award-winning early childhood materials help you bring nature into the classroom and safely take your young learners outdoors, whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural community.

Developed in conjunction with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages 3 to 6.

    • The activities help teach reading, writing, science, math, and motor skills to young learners. 
    • The activities meet early childhood learning standards. They are correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and Head Start Child Outcomes Framework.
    • The activities received a Teachers’ Choice Award for their exceptional quality and outstanding performance in the classroom.

What’s included:

1.  PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood e-Book

The e-book contains:

  • over 130 experiences that engage young children in outdoor exploration and play
  • ideas for creating 6 different Learning Centers in your classroom
  • downloadable music files to encourage children to sing, dance, and move

Your purchase includes a digital version of PLT's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide. A print version of the 116-page guide and music CD are available for an additional $20.00 which includes shipping and handling.

Review PLT's website for more information about the activities and topics: Exploring Nature with Five Senses, Meeting Neighborhood Trees, and Experiencing Trees Through the Seasons. 

2.  Online professional development

The self-paced online workshop (approximately 3 hours) includes:

    • 5 coursels (each a 20–30-minute learning experience) 
    • simulations and videos that model PLT’s Early Childhood activities
    • exercises and worksheets to help you plan and facilitate Group Experiences with your early learners
    • tips to maximize young children’s use of the Learning Centers

Review this course Welcome Letter for more information about the online workshop.


Continuing education credits and state-specific supplemental resources are offered in some states. For more information, contact your State PLT Coordinator.

Here's what a few teachers who have completed the online workshop have said:

"Well presented, well organized, clear and easy to follow with lots of wonderful ideas and opportunities!"

"The online course is very helpful. I learned different activities and ideas to implement activities in all areas of development and bring nature in to the class. The worksheets along with the book and the other resources are very helpful. I definitely will recommend the online workshop to other colleagues and friends." -- Perla Manquero Perez, Early Childhood Educator, Colorado

"PLT gave me many ideas for how to make learning fun and engaging for young children and showed me the importance of outdoor play as well as how to bring outdoor play indoors."

"This was a great way to receive the training. I was able to complete it at my own pace. The activities also helped me to engage with the materials and have action steps for my classroom." -- Jennifer Snodgrass, Early Childhood Educator, District of Columbia

After completing this online workshop, you'll be connected with a diverse and supportive professional network. And you will be eligible to apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant to green your school, early learning center, or neighborhood with your students.



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