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Project Learning Tree

​Connecticut Forest & Park Association works with CT DEEP to administer the national environmental education program, Project Learning Tree, in Connecticut. 

What is Project Learning Tree?

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. PLT is managed by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). 

How Project Learning Tree Makes a Difference

  • PLT encourages students to improve their schools, homes, and neighborhoods based on what they learn in the classroom.
  • PLT provides educators with peer-reviewed, award-winning curriculum materials to engage students in learning about the environment. We show teachers how easy it is to bring environmental education into their everyday lesson plans using our hands-on, multi-disciplinary materials aligned to state and national academic standards. Our trainings also focus on developing teachers’ confidence and skills for taking students outdoors to learn.
  • More than 675,000 teachers have received training in Project Learning Tree since the program began in 1976, making PLT one of the most widely-used environmental education programs in the United States.
  • By teaching students how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues, PLT is helping young people learn the problem-solving skills they need to make informed choices about the environment. We are also helping to prepare a 21st century workforce faced with increasingly complex environmental issues, like climate change and energy.

Use by Educators

Educators who are trained in PLT actively use it! According to an annual survey of PLT educators, over 85% use it annually in their classrooms and other settings, typically in week-long blocks of time. Well over half of them also indicate that PLT plays a significant or greater role in their classroom and they use it at least once a month. 

Educators agree that PLT is good for getting children outside and having fun while learning about the environment. They also agree that the curriculum materials are useful for teaching academic standards.

Get Trained! 

Are you a formal or non-formal educator looking to attend a lively, educational, hands-on PLT workshop? Visit our Events Calendar for scheduled dates, or contact Beth Bernard (bbernard@ctwoodlands.org) to arrange a professional development training for your school or group (minimum of 10 participants), or check out National PLT for program information.

Connecticut's Project Learning Tree program is supported by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the USDA Forest Service.