Environmental Education for K-8

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Use the environment to engage your students in learning – both outside and indoors – in urban, suburban, or rural settings.

Project Learning Tree's multi-disciplinary activities are designed to develop students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. PLT teaches students how to think, not what to think about the environment.  

Our hands-on activities make teaching and learning fun! Lesson plans are flexible and can be easily incorporated into existing curriculum or nonformal education programs. The activities are inquiry-based with an emphasis on STEM, and are correlated to state and national academic standards.

Independent evaluators determined PLT increases students’ knowledge, reasoning, and academic skills. Join the 750,000 educators across the country who use PLT’s award-winning materials with their students.

1.  PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide

    • 96 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities integrate core subjects like science, reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies.
    • Each activity includes correlations to state academic standards, Common Core State Standards, and supports the Next Generation Science Standards' three dimensional approach.
    • Features of the 480-page guide include literature connections; technology extensions; cooperative learning; differentiated instruction; and tools to assess student learning.
    • Topics include forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and more.
    • Relevant background information provides teachers with science content to effectively teach each activity's topic.


2.  Online Professional Development Course 

    • 7 coursels (each a 20–30-minute learning experience)
    • Engaging and interactive learning experiences demonstrate select PLT activities with simulations and video demonstrations
    • Lesson planning exercises help you plan how to facilitate activities with your students in your own setting

The online course can be completed in your own time, wherever you are, as long as you have internet access. The complete course is approximately 4 hours.


Review this course Welcome Letter for more information.

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 used the course have said:

"This was a very well done online PD program. The pace was appropriate, the media was well thought out, produced and presented. I was very satisfied."


"I enjoyed the how to videos, and also the worksheets that let me brainstorm for implementing with my students, I also am very glad it was online, because I don't have time to visit in person workshops." -- Seth Martin, Natural Resource Professional, Michigan


"This was a fabulous online workshop and I look forward to taking my learnings into my classroom next week!!! Great resources and very clear presentation of the material. The video clips were great to see the activities in action!" -- Megan Madu, Elementary School Teacher, British Columbia, Canada

After completing this online workshop, you will be able to easily incorporate PLT activities into your existing lessons. You’ll be connected with a diverse and supportive professional network. 


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