CONNECTING KIDS TO NATURE

Experiencing the outdoors through trees and forests at an early age helps build a solid foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Exposing young minds to nature has proven physical and mental health benefits, sparks curiosity and wonderment about the natural world, and cultivates an appreciation for what it needs to remain healthy and productive. Teaching children to understand and value nature is vital to raising the next generation of environmental stewards.

LEARN ABOUT FORESTS ACTIVITIES

Engage middle-school-aged youth in learning about trees, forests, and sustainable forest management with PLT’s ready-to-use, Learn About Forests activities.

Learn About Forests includes 12 activities tailored for use by for non-educators, forest sector professionals, and even families hosting community outreach, career days, or field site visits with youth. Each 50-minute activity offers simple suggestions for leading learners ages 10–16 in themes related to sustainable forest management, stewardship, and green careers.

Learn about forests

LEARN ABOUT FORESTS TOOLKIT

Engage middle-school-aged youth in learning about trees, forests, and sustainable forest management with PLT’s ready-to-use, hands-on activities.
Who Works in the Forest

FEATURED: WHO WORKS IN THIS FOREST?

Learners discover a range of forest-related careers that help to maintain forest ecosystems and ensure that forest products are sustainably produced.
What's in a Label?

FEATURED: WHAT’S IN A LABEL?

Forest certification is one way to ensure that forests are sustainably managed. Learners draft environmental, economic, and social criteria for certification

ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

Project Learning Tree has easy-to-do activities for families that take children outdoors in ways that are safe, fun, and full of experiential learning. Activities can be used while exploring your own backyard, visiting a local park, or walking in the woods—and we have activities for indoors if you can’t get outside!

Encouraging children to spend time outside in nature can improve their creativity and imagination, spark curiosity, enhance classroom performance and academic achievement, as well as benefit their overall health and fitness.

Walking in the Forest

WALKING IN THE FOREST

Play detective on your next walk in the woods and discover how plants grow, age, decay, and more.
Exploring a Local Park

EXPLORING A LOCAL PARK

Get in touch with trees in your local park and use these family activities to take a closer look.
In Your Own Backyard

IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

Uncover nature’s diversity in your own backyard. Look, listen, and meet your natural neighbors.
When all else fails, inside

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, INSIDE

Give these activities a try. They are great for a rainy day or when you just can’t get outside.
Around Your Home

AROUND YOUR HOME

Discover ways to green your home – and save money – with these questions and tips.
Teaching With I-Tree

TEACHING WITH I-TREE

Learn about the many ecosystem services that trees provide.

Esther Cowles
VP, Education Programs
202-765-3725
Vanessa Bullwinkle
Senior Director, PLT Communications
Tel: 202-765-3726
Esther Cowles
VP, Education Programs
202-765-3725
Vanessa Bullwinkle
Senior Director, PLT Communications
Tel: 202-765-3726