Project Learning Tree is a hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop, which introduces educators to dynamic activities and content for teaching forest ecosystems, plants, wildlife habitat and wise use of natural resources. The action-packed workshop includes content, lesson modeling, interactive activities, and opportunities for planning and exchange of teaching ideas.

plt-logoParticipants gain their own copies of the Project Learning Tree and Project WILD activity guides. Activities and content are correlated to Alaska State Content Standards.

All educators are invited to attend, including classroom teachers, homeschoolers, community and youth group leaders, and all those interested in learning innovative techniques for teaching about the natural world.

For more information contact anroeak@gmail.com.

PLT in Alaska

During 2017 ANROE partnered with the Alaska Botanical Garden to create PLT kits for grades K, 1, 3, and 6. PLT activities in these kits were correlated with (and enhance) the Anchorage School District’s elementary STEM kits. Funding was provided by the American Forestry Foundation.

Online PLT Resources for Teachers and Educators

Getting Your Kids Moving:

https://champion.activeschoolsus.org/active-classrooms Let’s Move! Active Schools- We serve as a hub to help schools access best practices, programs, and resources to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students.

https://superhealthsuperyou.com/#block-classroomresources Super Health, Super You- Engage your students in and out of the classroom with standards-aligned lesson plans and activities.

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/hiking-basics/groups-families-and-pets/hiking-games-and-activities Appalachian Trail Conservancy– The following “Hip Pocket Activities,” developed by Delia Clark and Pat Straughan for Shelburne Farms, can be done any time, any place, and in any order. Most of the activities will take about 5 to 10minutes, but a few require extra time, as noted. These activities are a wonderful way to begin a hike, to keep a group together, to spice up a destination, or to occupy part of the group while the other part catches up or engages in a different activity.

STEM Correlations:

https://www.plt.org/national-science-standards/ The PLT Correlations to the National Science Standards are available in a PDF, easy to read and print format.

http://forestry.alaska.gov/correlations The Alaska State Content Standards correlated to:
Project WILD
Project Learning Tree
The Alaska Wildlife Curriculum

https://education.alaska.gov/akstandards/science/resources_science_teachers Alaska Department of Education and Early Development– A collection of links to resources for teachers and students to enhance science education programs across the state. Many of these resources were created by Alaskan teachers to fit the diverse needs of our many unique schools.

http://www.arlis.org/about/public/ ARLIS Alaska Resources Library and Information Services– Teachers have access to more than 500 books, selected for K-12 educators, furs, skulls, bird mounts & fish mounts and science kits.

Grants to Watch for Each Year:

https://seedmoney.org/apply/ SeedMoney–   a Maine-based 501c nonprofit (EIN: 56-238923) helping US and global food garden projects to thrive through grants, crowdfunding assistance and free garden planning software.

https://www.plt.org/resources/greenworks-grants/ GreenWorks! Grants- Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.

http://www.goodsports.org/apply/ Let’s Move! Active Schools- Good Sports grants gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need.

https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants Target Field Trip Grants- It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, we launched Target Field Trip™ grants in 2007. Since then, we’ve made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700.

https://superhealthsuperyou.com/challenge Community Challenge Grant- The Super Health, Super You Community Challenge emboldens students to become community leaders in healthy lifestyle choices and drive diabetes prevention awareness. Encourage students to identify a health-related issue in your school community and work together to submit a solution for the chance to win a $10k grant to bring their ideas to life!

http://toolboxforeducation.com/hta Lowe’s Toolbox for Education- This year LCEF is seeking ways to provide the tools to help educators and parent groups through educational challenges by providing the greatest impact.  Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. The spring 2018 grant cycle will open for application on December 18, 2017.  The deadline for spring applications is February 9, 2018.

 

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