Project Learning Tree


Project Learning Tree Professional Development
Workshops for Educators:

  • March 16-17 – PLT Focus on Early Childhood, Boise
  • April 6-7 – PLT Engaging Elementary – Boise
  • April 6-7 – PLT Engaging Elementary – Post Falls
  • Spring TBD – PLT Engaging Elementary – eastern Idaho
  • June 5-6 – Focus on Literature with WILD, WET & PLT, Boise
  • June 25-29 – Sustainable Forestry Tour (PLT), Post Falls
  • July 19-20 – WILD about Forests, McCall
  • Summer TBD – PLT Walk in the Forest, northern Idaho
  • July 25-26 – PLT Wildfires & Weeds, Boise
  • August TBD– PLT Three Cheers for Trees, Nampa
  • September TBD – PLT Walk in the Forest, Boise/Idaho City
  • October 19-20 – PLT Engaging Elementary, Boise
  • November TBD – PLT Three Cheers for Trees – Coeur d’Alene

Thank you for your interest in Project Learning Tree (PLT). Our online registration system is not currently available. For more information or to sign up for any of these classes, please contact Michelle at or 208-334-4061.

NOTE: We are adding workshops throughout the state. Please contact us if you’d like to host one.

Workshop hours:   unless otherwise indicated:
  September through May: Friday 4 pm - 9 pm; Saturday 8 am - 5 pm.
June through August: 8:30 am - 4 pm each day.
Workshop fees: $40 per workshop unless otherwise indicated
University credit:   unless otherwise indicated:
  Each class is offered for one graduate level continuing education through a menu of universities. Cost per credit varies, depending on the university, but is usually $60. Registration for credit takes place during the class.

Workshop Descriptions:

  • All PLT workshops have great activities that help you accomplish curricular goals in meaningful ways, and are offered for professional education credit (for recertification). Each title is provided for a separate credit. There is no prerequisite for these workshops, but we highly recommend taking the General PLT workshop early in your PLT "career." You'll want to take them all!
    General PLT workshops focus on trees, forests and ecology, and on using PLT environmental education activities to accomplish a variety of curricular goals. See PLT in action.

  • At the Focus on Early Childhood workshop. we’ll experience the award-winning guide from PLT: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. The activities integrate nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into early childhood education programs. The activities highlight the importance of kinesthetic learning and engagement by incorporating music and movement using an accompanying music CD. We offer STARS hours in addition to university credit.

  • Focus on Early Childhood Shortcourse (AKA "Three Cheers for Trees"). This 4-hour version of the Focus on Early Childhood workshop is especially for daycare and preschool providers. 4 Idaho STARS hours are provided, but no university credit.

  • Focus on Literature with WILD, WET and Learning Tree workshops incorporate elementary children's literature with activities from Project's WILD, WET and Learning Tree.  See PLT in action.

  • Wildfires and Weeds workshops focus on wildfires and invasive species--two of the hottest environmental issues. Since each Wildfires & Weeds class focuses on different local issues, you may wish to consider attending them throughout the state!  See PLT in action.

  • The Walk in the Forest workshop takes you into your local forests. During the school year, the Friday evening session is classroom-based, with Saturday forest-based. During the summer, both days may be spent in the forest. Learn about forest ecology, land ownerships and mandates, how and why forests are managed, Forestry BMPs, and how to help students learn outside. Get connected with local foresters and other resource people.  See PLT in action.

  • ForesTree & STEM, Wood you believe? Investigate Idaho’s trees, forests and forest products in a STEM context. Do hands-on inquiry activities from Project Learning Tree and other programs, indoors and out. Identify and measure trees. Make paper and test paper qualities. Go behind the scenes where wood and paper products are made. You’ll leave eager and equipped with abundant resources to explore these topics and activities with your students.

  • Forest to Faucet workshops are jointly offered by Project WET and Project Learning Tree. Explore relationships between forest management and your drinking water. Your life depends on it!

  • Talk Trash workshops focus on where stuff comes from, where it ends up, and what happens to it inbetween. Topics: Renewable and nonrenewable resources, recycling, compost, landfills, energy and more.  See PLT in action.

  • In The Focus on Communities workshop we’ll explore the places we live--past, present and future. We’ll do activities from the PLT PreK-8th Activity Guide, and the PLT high school module, "The Places We Live." Join us to learn more about your community by investigating its history, looking at changes over time, and considering its future.

  • WILD About Forests workshops, jointly offered by Project WILD and Project Learning Tree, explore the vital connection between forests and wildlife both large and small. Get out on the ground with people who work with wildlife in Idaho ’s forests, and learn how forests are managed to meet the habitat needs of a multitude of species (including humans)!

  • In the Ecosystem Services of Trees workshop for high school educators, we’ll explore the role of trees in carbon storage, climate change, air quality, water quality, energy issues, home values and more. Learn from community foresters, visit field sites, and learn how your students can be involved.

  • In the Focus on Urban Forests class, we'll explore your community's trees. We'll learn about the many benefits they provide for the environment, the economy and your community. You'll learn from people who care for your urban or community forest, the issues and challenges they face, and how community members can be involved. (For those involved with Envirothon, this class will help you prepare for the 2015 competition!)

  • After the Burn, jointly offered by Project Learning Tree and the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, explores what happens to Idaho ecosystems after wildfire, immediately and over time.  Learn from people who work to restore Idaho's sagebrush steppe and forested ecosystems.  Get out on the ground and see for yourself!  Experience activities to bring the info home to your students.
  • Register online or via mail.

    Project Learning Tree Correlations to Idaho Content Standards

    Project Learning Tree Correlations to Common Core State Standards, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and more:

    What will you do at a PLT Workshop?:
  • Participate in hands on (and minds on!) PLT activities, both indoors and out.
  • Expand your knowledge of trees, forest ecology, and the total environment.
  • Enhance your teaching skills.
  • Plan ways to use PLT activities to accomplish existing curricular goals and meet state education standards.
  • Join the growing community of educators who believe in PLT's approach to education.
  • Receive PLT materials (PreK-8 Activity Guide, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, or Secondary Modules).
  • Earn university credit (optional).
  • For more information call: 208-334-4061 or email

    Forest License Plates!
    Purchase an Idaho forest license plate --- a portion of the funds support PLT.

    READ with ..............................

    Click here for our annotated list of Suggested Children's Literature for each of the 96 activities in the PLT PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide  (PDF format, 800kb in size).
    (You receive the Activity Guide by attending a PLT workshop.)

    ABOUT ..............................

    is an award-winning, interdisciplinary environmental education program for educators working with students in PreK through grade 12. PLT helps students gain awareness and knowledge of the natural and built environment, their place within it, and their responsibility for it.

    Project Learning Tree continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. PLT increases students' understanding of our complex environment. PLT is designed to teach students how to think, not what to think about environmental issues.

    Crafted to meet state and national standards, PLT provides all the tools educators need to bring the environment into their classrooms–and their students into the environment. Whether it's the natural or built environment, over 200,000 educators already turn to PLT to teach about topics from forests, wildlife and water, to community planning, waste management and energy.

    Click to access Project Learning Tree's national homepage.

    THE CURRICULUM ..............................

    's mission is to increase students' understanding of our environment; stimulate students' critical and creative thinking; develop students' ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues; and instill in students the commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment.

    's goals are to develop students' awareness, appreciation, understanding, skills, and commitment to address environmental issues; to provide a framework for students to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills to resolve environmental problems; to increase appreciation and tolerance of diverse viewpoints on environmental issues; to stimulate creativity, originality, and flexibility to resolve environmental problems and issues; and to encourage students to become responsible, productive, and participatory members of society.

    offers exciting and challenging interdisciplinary, action-oriented activities that focus on the total environment -- land, air and water. PLT's lessons are designed to develop critical thinking skills and teach students "how" to think about complex environmental issues, not "what" to think.

    provides ready-made lessons and activities that can be incorporated into busy classrooms, nature centers, museums, and scout troops. The activities require minimal preparation and little, if any, equipment.

    activities guide the learner through a process that begins with awareness, moves them towards knowledge, enables them to challenge preconceived ideas, and motivates them to seek constructive avenues for environmental action.

    All activities center around five major themes from the PLT Conceptual Framework. These themes are integrated into both the PreK-8 curriculum and the secondary curriculum.

    Activities within the Diversity theme illustrate a wide array of habitats, societies, technologies, and cultures.

    The theme Interrelationships includes activities that highlight ecological, technological, and social-cultural systems as interactive and interdependent.

    The theme Systems, encompasses activities that show the connection between environmental, technological, and social systems.

    Structure and Scale activities demonstrate how technologies, societal institutions, and components of natural and human-built environments vary.

    The theme, Patterns of Change, explores the change of structures and systems over time.

  • Based on the real needs of educators.
  • Developed, reviewed, and tested by more than 400 educators and resource professionals.
  • Formally evaluated by the North American Association for Environmental Education's Commission on Environmental Education Research.
  • Classroom proven.

  • and EDUCATION STANDARDS ..............................

    Project Learning Tree activities help teachers and students meet education standards.
    Project Learning Tree Correlations to Idaho Content Standards

    Curriculum Correlations to National and State Standards

    Idaho Content Standards

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    Materials and more!


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