PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide
Ninety-six multi-disciplinary activities can be found inside the PreK-8 Guide – each one tailored to specific grade levels and learning objectives. Each activity is filled with opportunities to build critical thinking skills, incorporate technology, and use differentiated instruction.
Workshops are a minimum of six hours with a $50 registration fee.
Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration and is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages three to six.
Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. An accompanying music CD features songs from children's musician Billy B. Brennan that encourages children to sing, dance, and move.
Workshops are a minimum of three hours with a $50 registration fee.
PLT's secondary modules teach high school students the importance of informed decision-making on issues that affect the environment. The activities encourage students to engage in debates about real-world environmental, social, and economic issues on specific topics.
Project Learning Tree has several engaging secondary modules for students in grades 9-12. Some of these materials are available for purchase though National PLT; others are available only through a professional development workshop.
Workshops are a minimum of three hours with a $35 registration fee. Additional modules may be added to the same workshop for $10 per module and will require an additional three hours of training.
Secondary modules available include:
Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity was developed by Project Learning Tree in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. In this sixty-page module, students learn that decisions about growth and development, energy use and water quality, and even human health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity. Purchase through the National PLT website or available through an educator workshop.
Our Biotechnology Series is designed for high school and community college educators in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Social Studies, and Agriculture. A special effort has been made to construct activities that support instruction in AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and AP Human Geography. This module was created as a supplement to the Focus on Risk curriculum. Purchase through the National PLT website or available through an educator workshop.
Engage students in STEM as they investigate their school site, energy use, water, waste and recycling practices. The investigations provide students tools and resources to make their schools green and healthy. Register online to access each investigation individually, or purchase a print copy of the complete set. Purchase through the National PLT website or available through an educator workshop.
Focus on Forests
This module is designed to foster student understanding of- and appreciation for- the forested lands throughout North America. The module’s activities provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, and other subject areas. Available through an educator workshop.
Forests of the World
Global Connections: Forests of the World was developed by Project Learning Tree in partnership with the World Forestry Center. The module activities provide students with opportunities to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service-learning action projects. Available through an educator workshop.
Places We Live
Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live, provides educators with a useful tool for place-based education to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities. Students will explore current and future community environmental issues, enabling them to make informed decisions about those issues. Available through an educator workshop.
Focus on Risk
Through eight hands-on activities, students analyze, explore, discover, and learn about risk assessment, risk communication, risk perception, and risk management. There are also three special topics that encourage students to apply their knowledge real-life risk issues. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making are emphasized throughout the module. Available through an educator workshop.
Municipal Solid Waste
This module uses hands-on experiences to show interrelationships among waste generation, natural resource use, and disposal. The activities guide students through waste management strategies and solutions while providing the necessary tools to make informed decisions and choices on waste management issues. Available through an educator workshop.
Southeastern Forests and Climate Change
Project Learning Tree and the University of Florida developed this module to help educators in the Southeast teach about climate change impacts on forest ecosystems, the role of forests in sequestering carbon, and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to changing climatic conditions. The module explores these concepts in 14 experiential activities by using research related to the goals of PINEMAP - a regional research, education, and extension program focused on southern pine management. Download through the module website or available through an educator workshop.