What is Project Learning Tree?
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, as well as their
responsibility for it.
is people. It is a network of 3,000 grassroots volunteers and over 100 state coordinators
that work in conjunction with teachers, schools, state agencies, foresters, businesses and
civic organizations, museums, nature centers, and youth groups to provide workshops and
in-service programs. PLT is administered nationally by the American Forest Foundation with
the Council for Environmental Education.
is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and
abroad. Over 500,000 educators have been trained to use PLT materials, and more than 25
million students have been reached in the United States, the Trust Territories, Canada,
Chile, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Phillipines, Brazil and Mexico.
'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.