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Empowering Educators, Inspiring Youth since 1976
A newsletter from Colorado Project Learning Tree — May 2020

New Look for Colorado PLT Website!

Colorado PLT Website
We are excited to announce the Colorado PLT website has a fresh new look! Visit to check out the latest updates. You'll find easy-to-access information about upcoming PLT trainings, our award-winning curriculum and relevant educational resources. You can also request a training, apply to be a facilitator and sign up for this monthly newsletter. Be sure to check it out and share this great resource with fellow educators today!

— Your PLT Coordinators, Danielle Ardrey & Katie Navin


PLT Virtual Workshop

Environmental Education for K-8: starts May 28, register by May 21
This virtual workshop combines PLT’s self-paced online training with live weekly check-ins on May 28, June 4 and June 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. These check-ins on Zoom, led by Colorado PLT facilitators, will connect participants to share ideas, ask questions and dive deeper into the PLT K-8 curriculum.

Register for the Workshop


PLT Student
The past couple of months have seen major changes in how we do environmental education. Many of us who are used to leading in-person groups with hands-on activities have had to adapt to various distance learning models.

Check out these stories on how educators are using PLT to teach in the new normal.

Offering PLT Online at Community Center, Youth Camp

Colorado educator and PLT facilitator Kirsten Springer adapted several PLT lessons, including The Shape of Things and Adopt a Tree, to teach elementary and early childhood students online. "PLT lends itself to such great adventures that can be taken virtually or in your own backyard!" she said.
Read More of Kirsten's Story

Adapting 'We All Need Trees' for Virtual Learning

North Carolina PLT Coordinator Renee Strnad offers tips on how to make this popular activity virtual. Tip 1: Ask your students to find their favorite thing in their house that comes from a tree and bring it to your next online session.
Get More Tips from Renee


Colorado Tree Coalition 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner
Congratulations to Kayla Rommer, a fifth-grade student from Creativity Challenge Community school in Denver. Twelve schools competed this year from all around the state!

It was a very close and exciting competition, according to the judges from the Colorado Tree Coalition.

Thank you to all the students for a job well done and to the teachers, tree boards and city foresters who support this poster contest that celebrates our community trees.


PLT Videos to Share with Students

Colorado State Forest Service Education Specialist Danielle Ardrey leads youth through hands-on PLT activities that kids can do right at home.

Click or tap the videos below to watch them, or view all videos from Colorado PLT on our Resources page. More videos coming soon!

Sounds Around (grades 4-8)
Nature provides us with many unforgettable sounds, from leaves rustling to birds singing to streams gurgling. Discover how to engage children in the sounds of nature with the Sounds Around free activity for families from Project Learning Tree.
The Shape of Things (grades PreK-3)
Many shapes are found in both natural and built environments. Learn how to teach children to focus on the shapes of objects with The Shape of Things free activity for families from Project Learning Tree.

New PLT E-Book: Forests of the World

Forests of the World
Nearly 30% of the land area on our planet is covered by forests. In this PLT module for high school, students learn about their connections to the forests of the world and the challenges impacting this critical global natural resource.

The Forests of the World curriculum is now available for purchase and download on National PLT's online store.

Purchase Forests of the World

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