DCR is the state sponsor of Project Learning Tree® (PLT) in Massachusetts.   It is an award-winning, nationally-recognized program of the American Forest Foundation.  PLT focuses on trees, forests, forest ecology and their place in human culture and enterprise.

PLT includes curriculum for early childhood (PreK –K), a PreK-8 activity guide, and themed modules for secondary educators.  The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed for diverse teaching and learning styles.  It develops awareness, engages critical thinking skills and promotes constructive action. These materials are available by attending an educator workshop.   Information and supplementary resources are posted on the PLT website, www.plt.org.

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.

Project Learning Tree® website

www.plt.org


 

PROJECT LEARNING TREE® CURRICULUM

The Early Childhood Experiences Module, written for PreK-K educators, emphasizes developing awareness of and connections with the natural world by building on what’s familiar to our young learners.  Its format is a variety of self-guided and teacher-led 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 educators, provide in-depth investigations and activities that build critical thinking and responsible decision-making skills.


PLT® 2014 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Monday, December 8, Combination Workshop - Early Childhood Experiences Module [preK-K] and PreK-8 Curriculum Guide, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30  p.m., DCR's Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Falmouth, MA.  $25.  Please pre-register by December 5; Nancy.Riley-Whitehill@state.ma.us; 617/626-1494.

PLT® 2015 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Monday, January 19 (MLK holiday),  PreK-8 Curriculum,  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA.  $20.  Please pre-register by January 12; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Friday, February 20 (vacation week),  Combination Workshop  for PreK-Grade 5 Educators - Early Childhood Experiences Module and PreK-8 Curriculum,  9:30 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m.  Regatta Point Conference Room at Quinsigamond State Park, 10 North Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA.  $35.  Please pre-register by February 13; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Saturday, March 21,  Early Childhood Experiences Module [PreK-K],  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Brookwood Community Farm, Blue Hill River Road, Canton, MA.  $15.  Please pre-register by March 14; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Wednesday, April 22 (vacation week),  PreK-8 Curriculum,  Forest Ecology Focus for upper elementary and middle school educators, 9:00  a.m. – 1:00  p.m.  DCR Regional Office, South New South Mountain Road (off of Route 7), Pittsfield, MA.  $20.  Please pre-register by April 15; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Saturday, April 25 (vacation week),  PreK-8 Curriculum,  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Borderland State Park Visitor Center, Massapoag Avenue, Easton, MA.  $20.  Please pre-register by April 19; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Saturday, May 2,  Early Childhood Experiences Module [PreK-K],  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Blue Meadow Conference Center, Quabbin Reservoir, 485 Ware Road (Route 9), Belchertown, MA.  $15.  Please pre-register by April 25; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Saturday, June 6,  Combination Workshop – Early Childhood Experiences Module and PreK-8 Curriculum.  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center, One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA.  $35.  Please pre-register by June 3; Nancy Riley-Whitehill@state.ma.us, 617/626-1494

Wednesday, July 22,  Secondary Modules Workshop – Focus on Forests and Forests of the World,  10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Purgatory Chasm State Reservation Visitor Center, 198 Purgatory Road, Sutton, MA.  $23.  Please pre-register by July 15; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Wednesday, August 19,  PreK-8 Curriculum,  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Brookwood Community Farm, Blue Hill River Road, Canton, MA.  $20.  Please pre-register by August 12; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Saturday, September 12,  Early Childhood Experiences Module [PreK-K],  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Mount Greylock Reservation Visitor Center (at the bottom of the mountain), 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.  $15.  Please pre-register by September 5; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Saturday, September 19,  PreK-8 Curriculum,  9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.  Riverbend Farm Visitor Center, Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA.  $20.  Please pre-register by September 12; Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  

Saturday, October 17,  Combination Workshop - Early Childhood Experiences Module, and PreK-8 Curriculum,  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center, One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA.  $35.  Please pre-register by October 14; Nancy.Riley-Whitehill@state.ma.us, 617-626-1494.  

Saturday, November 7,  Early Childhood Experiences Module [PreK-K],  10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Borderland State Park Visitor Center, Massapoag Avenue, Easton, MA.  $15.  Please pre-register by October 31, Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413/584-6788.  
 
 

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS

We are happy to schedule additional workshops by request for interested groups of ten or more educators. Contact  DCR Regional Educator Gini.Traub@state.ma.us (413/584-6788)

Project Learning Tree® is a program of the American Forest Foundation and is sponsored in Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.