Project Learning Tree


Project Learning Tree Professional Development
Workshops for Educators:

Dates Title Location Fee Hours
March 16-17 PLT Focus on Early Childhood Boise $40 F: 4:30-8:30
S: 8:30-3:30
April 6-7 PLT Engaging Elementary Boise $40 F: 4:30-8
S: 8:30-4
April 6-7 PLT Engaging Elementary Post Falls $40 F: 4:30-8
S: 8:30-4
June 4-5 PLT Engaging Elementary Pocatello $40 M: 9-4
T: 9-2
June 5-6 Focus on Literature with WILD, WET & PLT Boise $40 T: 8:30-4
W: 8:30-4
July 19-20 WILD About Forests McCall $40 Th: 2-9
F: 8:30-3:30
July 25-26 PLT Wildfires & Weeds Boise $40 W: 8:30-2:30
Th: 8:30-2:30
August 2 PLT Three Cheers for Trees (Early Childhood) Nampa $25 Th: 10-2:30
Summer TBD PLT Walk in the Forest Northern Idaho $40
September TBD PLT Walk in the Forest Boise/Idaho City $40 F: 4:30-7:30
S: 8 -5
October 19-20 PLT Engaging Elementary Boise $40 F: 4:30-8
S: 8:30-4
November TBD PLT Three Cheers for Trees (Early Childhood) Coeur d'Alene $25 Sat: 9 -1

Thank you for your interest in Project Learning Tree (PLT).

Register Online

For more information, please contact Michelle at or 208-334-4061.

NOTE: We are adding workshops throughout the state. Please contact us if you’d like to host one.

Workshop fees: $40 per workshop unless otherwise indicated
University credit:
  Each 2-day class is offered for one graduate level continuing education credit through a menu of universities. Cost per credit varies, depending on the university, but is usually $60. When you sign up for the class, we will send you a memo with credit registration information and other class details.

Workshop Descriptions:

  • All PLT workshops have great activities that help you accomplish curricular goals in meaningful ways, and are offered for professional education credit (for recertification). Each title is provided for a separate credit. There is no prerequisite for these workshops, but we highly recommend taking the Engaging Elementary or Focus on Early Childhood PLT workshop early in your PLT "career." You'll want to take them all!

  • Engaging Elementary PLT workshops focus on trees, forests and ecology, and on using PLT environmental education activities to accomplish a variety of elementary curricular goals.

  • At the Focus on Early Childhood workshop. we’ll experience the award-winning guide from PLT: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. The activities integrate nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into early childhood education programs. The activities highlight the importance of kinesthetic learning and engagement by incorporating music and movement using an accompanying music CD. We offer STARS hours in addition to university credit.

  • Three Cheers for Trees. This 4-hour version of the Focus on Early Childhood workshop is especially for daycare and preschool providers. 4 Idaho STARS hours are provided, but no university credit.

  • Focus on Literature with WILD, WET and Learning Tree workshops incorporate elementary children's literature with activities from Project's WILD, WET and Learning Tree.

  • Wildfires and Weeds workshops focus on wildfires and invasive species--two of the hottest environmental issues. Since each Wildfires & Weeds class focuses on different local issues, you may wish to consider attending them throughout the state!

  • WILD About Forests workshops, jointly offered by Project WILD and Project Learning Tree, explore the vital connection between forests and wildlife both large and small. Get out on the ground with people who work with wildlife in Idaho's forests, and learn how forests are managed to meet the habitat needs of a multitude of species (including humans)!

  • The Walk in the Forest workshop takes you into your local forests. During the school year, the Friday evening session is classroom-based, with Saturday forest-based. During the summer, both days may be spent in the forest. Learn about forest ecology, land ownerships and mandates, how and why forests are managed, Forestry BMPs, and how to help students learn outside. Get connected with local foresters and other resource people.

  • Focus on STEM, Wood you believe? Investigate Idaho's trees, forests and forest products in a STEM context. Do hands-on inquiry activities from Project Learning Tree and other programs, indoors and out. Identify and measure trees. Make paper and test paper qualities. Go behind the scenes where wood and paper products are made. You'll leave eager and equipped with abundant resources to explore these topics and activities with your students.

  • Forest to Faucet workshops are jointly offered by Project WET and Project Learning Tree. Explore relationships between forest management and your drinking water. Your life depends on it!

  • Talk Trash workshops focus on where stuff comes from, where it ends up, and what happens to it inbetween. Topics: Renewable and nonrenewable resources, recycling, compost, landfills, energy and more.

  • In The Focus on Communities workshop we'll explore the places we live--past, present and future. We'll do activities from the PLT PreK-8th Activity Guide, and the PLT high school module, "The Places We Live." Join us to learn more about your community by investigating its history, looking at changes over time, and considering its future.

  • In the Ecosystem Services of Trees workshop for high school educators, we'll explore the role of trees in carbon storage, climate change, air quality, water quality, energy issues, home values and more. Learn from community foresters, visit field sites, and learn how your students can be involved.

  • In the Focus on Urban Forests class, we'll explore your community's trees. We'll learn about the many benefits they provide for the environment, the economy and your community. You'll learn from people who care for your urban or community forest, the issues and challenges they face, and how community members can be involved. (For those involved with Envirothon, this class will help you prepare for the 2015 competition!)

  • After the Burn, jointly offered by Project Learning Tree and the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, explores what happens to Idaho ecosystems after wildfire, immediately and over time.  Learn from people who work to restore Idaho's sagebrush steppe and forested ecosystems.  Get out on the ground and see for yourself!  Experience activities to bring the info home to your students.

    What will you do at a PLT Workshop?:
    • Participate in hands on (and minds on!) PLT activities, both indoors and out.
    • Expand your knowledge of trees, forest ecology, and the total environment.
    • Enhance your teaching skills.
    • Plan ways to use PLT activities to accomplish existing curricular goals and meet state education standards.
    • Join the growing community of educators who believe in PLT's approach to education.
    • Receive PLT materials (PreK-8 Activity Guide, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, or Secondary Modules).
    • Earn university credit (optional).
    For more information call: 208-334-4061 or email

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