Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


The STEM Education Center

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree LogoThe Center for Science & Mathematics Education is proud to be a state co-sponsor, along with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, of Maryland Project Learning Tree.

Teachers:  The Center for Science & Mathematics Education offers Project learning Tree teacher professional development workshops on your school site.  Each participant receives the Project Learning Tree curriculum guide and supplemental resources for a fee of $10.00.  We can also come to your classroom to conduct activities with your students.  Contact us to schedule a workshop!

About PLT

Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad.  PLT continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.

PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment.

PLT meets state and national education standards.  The curriculum materials provide the tools educators need to bring the environment into the classroom and their students into the environment.  Topics range from forests, wildlife, and water, to community planning, waste management and energy.

PLT is a network of 3,000 grassroots volunteers and over 120 state coordinators that work with formal and nonformal educators, school staff, state agencies, foresters, businesses, civic organizations, museums, nature centers, and youth groups to provide professional development programs.  To date, more than 500,000 educators are trained in using PLT materials, reaching approximately 26 million students in the United States and abroad.

PLT improves student learning.

Through PLT, students learn environmental content that correlates to national and state standards in science, social studies, language arts, mathematics, and other subjects – and strengthen their critical thinking, team building, and problem solving skills.

PLT works for teachers and other educators because:

  • PLT materials are aligned with state and national education standards.
  • PLT is broad based: topics cover the total environment and are local, national, and global in scope.
  • PLT provides the one great lesson a week you wish you had time to plan.
  • PLT adaptable to many contexts: classroom, playground, nature center, home.
  • PLT can be easily adapted to various audiences: PreK – 12 students, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, nature center and museum visitors, 4-H clubs, and other community groups.
  • PLT is cross-curricular: easy to infuse its environmental lessons into science, language arts, special education, and other classes.


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