DCR is the state sponsor of Project Learning Tree (PLT) in Massachusetts. PLT is an award-winning, nationally-recognized program. It consists of a PreK-8 activity guide, themed modules for secondary students, and supplementary materials for teachers. PLT focuses on trees, forests, forest ecology and their place in human culture and enterprise. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed for diverse teaching and learning styles. It develops awareness, engages critical thinking skills and promotes constructive action. DCR supports PLT through workshops and other professional development opportunities for classroom teachers, home school parents, youth group leaders, nature center staff and those who work with young people.
The Early Childhood Experiences module, for preK-K, emphasizes building awareness of and connections with the natural world. Its format is a variety of activities that follow a typical pre-school day.
The PreK-8 Curriculum includes nearly 100 hands-on minds-on activities that connect with topics in Science, English Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies.
The Secondary Modules, ideal for middle and high school, provide in-depth investigations and activities that build critical thinking and responsible decision-making skills.
2014 PLT WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 23, PreK-8 Curriculum, 9am - 1pm. DCR Regional Office, Pittsfield, MA. $15. Please pre-register by April 9, Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.
Saturday, June 7, Early Childhood module [PreK-K], 9am - noon. Massachusetts Audubon's Boston Nature Center. $15. Contact: Tim Rayworth, Tim.Rayworth@state.ma.us, 339/221-2921.
Saturday, June 14, Early Childhood module [PreK-K], 9am - 12noon. Mt. Greylock Visitor Center, Lanesboro, MA. $15. Please pre-register by May 31, Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.
Monday, July 21, PreK-8 curriculum, 9am - 1pm. DCR's Quabbin Reservoir Training Center, Ware, MA. $15. Please pre-register by July 7, Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.
Friday, July 25, Secondary Modules [Middle & High School] "Focus on Forests" and "Forests of the World," 9am - 3:30pm. Superintendents House, Wachusett Mt. State Reservation, Princeton, MA. $30. Please pre-register by July 11, Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.
Saturday, September 6, Early Childhood module [PreK-K] and PreK-8 Curriculum, 9am - 3:30pm. Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA. $35. Please pre-register by August 23, Gini.Traub@state.ma.us; 413/584-6788.
Saturday, November 8, Early Childhood module [PreK-K], 9am - noon. DCR's Quabbin Reservoir Training Center, Ware, MA. $15. Please pre-register by October 25, Gini.Traub@state.ma.us.
Project Learning Tree is a program of the American Forest Foundation.
Kristin Karl-Carnahan, Massachusetts PLT Coordinator,
Tim Rayworth, Northeast Region Environmental Education Coordinator,
Gini Traub, Central West Region Environmental Education Coordinator,