Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers, other educators, parents and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
PLT’s mission is to use the forest as a “window on the world” to increase students’ understanding of our complex environment; stimulate critical and creative thinking; develop the ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues; and instill the confidence and commitment to take responsible action. It is a widely recognized, well-tested educational curriculum.
PLT’s training workshops involve a partnership of trained educators and foresters. The materials offer a balanced picture of natural resource conservation, emphasizing neither economic nor environmental factors but blending both in a comprehensive perspective. Connecting youth to the outdoors is central to PLT.
The Florida PLT program is disseminated through educator workshops conducted by a large network of volunteer facilitators. Both place-based workshops and on-line workshops are offered. Florida PLT offers two designation programs: PLT Schools and PLT EE Centers.
In Florida, Project Learning Tree is coordinated by the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at University of Florida (SFRC/UF) in partnership with the Florida Forest Service, the Florida Forestry Association, and UF/IFAS 4-H Extension program.