Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program designed for and by educators working with students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The program uses the forest as a "window" on the natural world, helping to focus awareness and knowledge of all aspects of the environment, and our place within it. PLT helps prepare students to make informed decisions about conservation practices and natural resource use by practicing problem solving and critical thinking skills.
PLT Contact Information
The Division of Forestry has entered into an agreement with the UAF Cooperative Extension Service to administer the Project Learning Tree Program. For information please contact:
Natural Resource Program Assistant
UAF-Cooperative Extension Service
533 E. Fireweed
Palmer, AK 99645
PreK-8 Activity Guide
PLT's new and revised activity guide offers a comprehensive environmental curriculum, which encompasses land, air and water. It is local, national and global in scope.
- contains 96 lessons with variations and extensions
- organized into storylines within thematic chapters
- includes background material and directions for teachers
- contains suggestions for subject integration and assessment
Spanish Translation of the PreK-8 Student Pages
To meet the growing need for bilingual academic material, PLT has translated the student pages of the PreK-8 Activity Guide into Spanish. This provides ready-to-use materials for bilingual educators. Call 269-8481 for more information.
Secondary Topic Specific Modules (Grades 9-12)
PLT has materials available for secondary teachers. These materials are available in a series of topic specific modules. The following modules are currently available:
- Introductory Handbook to Secondary Modules
- Forest Ecology
- Exploring Environmental Issues:
- Focus on Forests
- Focus on Risk
- Municipal Solid Waste
Correlation to State and National Education Standards
Project Learning Tree's materials have been correlated to Alaska's Content Standards as well as the National Science and Social Studies standards. The Alaska Correlations are available in hard copy or on our Correlations website. The National Correlations are available on PLT's national website.
How do I get PLT Materials?
You can obtain Project Learning Tree's PreK-8 Activity Guide or Secondary Modules by attending a training workshop. At the training workshop, you will learn how easy it is to incorporate PLT's action-oriented activities into your current lesson plans and curriculum. You will have the opportunity to meet other professionals in your area who are interested in environmental education.
PLT Alaska offers workshops statewide led by PLT-trained educators and resource professionals. Workshops can be scheduled for your building, school district or community. Workshops can be designed around a theme or local event and can be held on a weekday, weekend, or several evenings.
Types of Workshops Offered in Alaska
Educator's Workshop PreK - 8
- minimum of 6 hrs.
- introduction to PLT curriculum framework
- participate in hands-on activities indoors and out
- information about resources available locally and statewide
- preparation for using activities in own setting
- Materials fee: $15 per participant/$30 with Project Wild
Educator's Workshop Secondary Modules
- Similar workshop format as above, but focusing on one or more secondary modules
- Minimum of 4 hrs.
- Materials fee: $15 per participant
Credit Course: Graduate level credit courses can be arranged for both the elementary and secondary workshops.
- 1 graded graduate level credit
- Minimum: 15 hrs. contact time of instruction
- Required project and/or paper
- Materials fee: $15 per participant/$30 with Project Wild
- Credit fee: varies due to local arrangement through school district and university
In Alaska, the Division of Forestry and the Alaska Cooperative Extension fund Project Learning Tree. Other sponsors include Alaska Department of Education, Alaska Natural Resource and Outdoor Education Association, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation.
Fire In Alaska
The exciting, interdisciplinary FIRE in Alaska K-12 curriculum is designed to engage and inspire students to learn about all aspects of fire, including fire ecology, fire behavior, and how to live safely in the wildland-urban interface. This intensive workshop includes content, lesson modeling, interactive activities and laboratory simulations. Participants gain their own copies of the curriculum, which is being used all over Alaska. Fire in Alaska workshops are available for continuing education credit through UAA.
The Division of Forestry has entered in an agreement with the Alaska Natural Resources and Outdoor Education Association to administer the FIRE in Alaska program.
- Fire in Alaska brochure (PDF)
Fire curriculum trunks are available to teachers who have completed a Fire in Alaska
course. Anchorage teachers may pick up a trunk at ARLIS (www.arlis.org) located inside the UAA Consortium Library, where parking is free on Fridays. In the Valley, trunks are available at the Louise Farm School in Palmer; contact Megan Rock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire in a Changing Climate for Educators
- January 30-31, 2015 - University of Alaska Anchorage
- February 20-21, 2015 - Soldotna
This hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop introduces educators to wildland fire and climate change science; including fire ecology, fire behavior, FIREWISE, carbon cycling, climate modeling and scientific methods for investigating changes in climate. The intensive workshop includes content, lesson modeling, interactive activities, laboratory simulations and connections to on-going research. Participants gain their own copies of the FIRE in Alaska curriculum guide. Activities and content are correlated to Alaska State Content Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards.
For complete information, see:
- Fire and Climate Change in Alaska - Anchorage January 30-31, 2015 (PDF)
- Fire and Changing Climate - Soldotna February 20-21, 2015 (PDF)
The workshop can also be offered in Seward or Homer if there are eight or more interested in participating. Let us know.
Fire in Alaska Contact Information
To learn more, sign up for a FIRE in Alaska workshop, or to request a FIRE in Alaska workshop in your area, please contact:
Project Wild Contact Information
For information on Project Wild in Alaska, please contact:
Alaska Department of Fish & Game
email: Brenda Duty