Project Learning Tree provides educators workshops in which participants receive PLT activity guides for use with students of various ages. The PLT materials are correlated to Academic Science Content Standards, National Social Studies Standards, as well as to Girl Scout badges and programs. Project Learning Tree materials are available only by attending a PLT workshop. Workshops are held at various sites throughout the state and can also be arranged at your site. Workshops can combine the PreK-8 guide and one or more secondary modules depending upon the needs of the workshop participants. Volunteer facilitators host all PLT workshops. Facilitator training workshops are done on as need basis. To learn about these workshops, please scroll down to Facilitator/Leadership Workshops.
About the PLT Guides:
PreK-8 Activity Guide
The PLT Pre K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide has nearly 100 interdisciplinary activity lessons for students ranging from Pre K through 8th grade. However, the lessons in the guide are easily adaptable for use by high school educators as well. The lessons are presented in an unbiased manner and are on a wide variety of environmental topics. The guide is available in a PreK-8 or PreK-12 educator workshop hosted by a PLT volunteer facilitator. The workshop cost is around *$22.00 per participant, and sometimes college credit is available for a variable increase in cost. To see two activities from the guide and/or for more information, please click here.
The Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood activity guide provides fun, hands-on/sing-along activities with a nature based focus. The activities are geared towards 3-6 year olds, but some activities can be adapted for an older audience. The activities in this guide bring young children together in a group setting to interact and learn together through music and movement, reading and writing, and nature walks. Each activity includes a Family and Friends page, which allows educators to inform families and friends on what their children are learning in the classroom and how they can enhance the learning experience. The guide is available in an Early Childhood workshop and costs around *$15.00 per participant. To learn more about the Early Childhood activity guide, please click here.
The PLT Secondary Thematic Modules follow a specific environmental theme. The topics include: Focus on Forests, Forests of the World, Places We Live, Municipal Solid Waste, and Focus on Risk. These topics are geared for 9th-12th grade students, but are easily adaptable for use with middle school students as well. The modules are available by attending a PreK-12 or a Secondary Module educator workshop. The module workshop cost for these modules around *$15.00 per participant.
PLT also offers Secondary Modules that focus on Biodiversity and Biotechnology. These modules are free to download by clicking the above hyperlinks.
To learn more about all of the Secondary Modules, please click here. Once on the page, you can click on each individual module to learn more about it.
Project Learning Tree could not exist without its network of volunteer facilitators. They are the backbone of PLT. A PLT volunteer facilitator is usually an educator, a resource professional or individual interest in environmental education. Facilitator volunteers hold Pre K-8 and/or Secondary Module workshops as a representative of PLT-Ohio.
To become a facilitator, one must attend a Leadership workshop. At PLT Leadership workshops, participants receive PLT materials and learn how to present local workshops for both the Pre K-8 guide and the Secondary Module series. They also have access to additional/future modules at a minimal cost. Recently, facilitator workshops have been available online for college or graduate credit. Leadership workshops are held only as needed and it is recommended that those interested have already attended a PLT workshop before becoming a facilitator. Cost will vary. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Advanced workshops are held periodically only for those people who have previously attended a PLT workshop. These workshops update past workshop participants on PLT in Ohio and provide in-depth learning experiences and resources on special interest environmental topics. In the past, topics have included: Ohio Forest Products, Solid Waste, Forest Ecology, History of Ohio’s Forests, and PLT on the Farm. Cost will vary. For more information, please email email@example.com.
To view a current listing of all upcoming PLT workshops in Ohio, please click here.
If you wish to schedule a workshop for staff development, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for facilitators.