for place based learning:
Haines uses digital photography to get students to see and record information
about their “place”. This Laurie designed lesson is complete with an
introduction, outdoor and indoor applications and resources for using
photography as a teaching/learning tool. Her resources and teaching strategies
make this a ready to use lesson. Check out another of Laurie’s lessons for
place based science field studies.
Outdoor Classroom and Demonstration Learning Guide
Creating a Demonstration Forest
handbook to Plan, Fund, Build, and Effectively Use a Community Educational
Maine Forest Service Video on Woodland Stewardship! NEW!
video is about the Town of Falmouth's management of its public forests and how
it benefits the community.
Teachers’ Tour Blog
Cathy Wolinsky who attended a 2012 Summer
Teacher’s Tour put together this very informational blog about her time on the
Tour. Cathy was recently
recognized for her excellence in Technology Education - this demonstrates some
of her skills.
Unity College Research Project
Unity College students and professors
designed a Hemlock Woolly Adelgid research project with support from the
University of Maine and EPSCoR. The content and protocol for study plots
supports our Forest Inventory Growth.
(FIG) project and provides authentic
field investigations that teachers might use with h.s. students. The HWA is a
real threat to ME and teaching about it may help in reducing its spread. Allison
Kanoti, entomologist with the ME Forest Service, introduced this aphid-like
insect and its threats to Lincoln MS 7th graders at a 2013 Forestry Day in
Baxter Woods Park. Click
here for the presentation.
opportunities and resources:
2012, Project Learning Tree completed PreK-8 Environmental Education
Activity Guide correlations with the Common Core State Standards for both English
Language Arts (ELA)
The Cover Page document on the link below provides guidance for using both
sets of Common Core Standards correlations.
in the Forest guide:
guide will help you plan an event for adults, families, students or
teachers. Walk in the Forest helps audiences of all ages unplug from
their busy lives andwitness the wonder of nature. It provides a great
opportunity for people to appreciate forests, and to teach others about the
benefits forests provide and how forest management can enhance those
provide the best land cover when it comes to protecting soil, moderating
streamflow, supporting healthy aquatic systems, and sustaining good water
quality." Barnes et. al. 2009 Forests Water & People
to A Maine Forest Service PowerPoint: Maine Forests Produce Excellent Water
Kennebec Woodland Partnership is a county-based initiative launched in 2009 to
provide tools and strategies to help landowners make informed decisions about
their woodlands and ensure a sustainable future for the county’s forests.
Environmental Education Association (MEEA)
facilitates and promotes environmental education in Maine through the
sharing of ideas, resources, information, and cooperative programs among
educators, organizations, and concerned individuals. MEEA is built on the
strengths and contributions of our members.
Created in 1982, MEEA helps
organizations, schools, groups, educational programs, and individuals
promote and expand environmental education in Maine. In addition, MEEA acts
as a clearing house, keeping groups and individuals informed of issues and
events in the field of environmental education. We believe conserving
Maine's rich cultural and natural heritage requires an environmentally aware
MEEA is an affiliate of the New
England Environmental Education Alliance and the North
American Association of Environmental
Celebrate the Maine Woods!
Maine Woods Forever is
inviting schools across Maine to engage in a new far-ranging collaborative
effort, Celebrate the Maine Woods! Starting
now, this year-long project aims to involve people of all ages, but
especially our young people, in exploring what the forests and woodlands of
Maine mean to all of us, what they do each day to sustain and inspire us. Click
here for a letter on this great effort.
Why Teach Outside in Winter?
By Olivia Griset and Corie
much of the U.S. in winter’s grip, two educators from Maine show how teaching
outside in winter can be an outstanding educational opportunity for students of
all ages. You’ll be inspired by their tips for making outdoor learning safe
and fun this season.
Nature Journaling with PLT
By Rob Beadel
how experiential learning across all subjects can be achieved by
encouraging your students to use a nature journal.
of the United States: Understanding Trends and Challenges
Lead Author: Steve Bratkovich
Is the forest area of the
U.S. shrinking or expanding? Does annual tree growth exceed harvest? Is the
amount of wood in our forests increasing or decreasing? Are our forests
sustainable? In part, the answers depend on your perspective (local vs.
national), timeframe (decades or centuries vs. a few years) and definitions
(e.g., What is a forest? What is sustainability?).
This report is a brief
overview of the status of U.S. forests and an update to an earlier Dovetail
report. This report is predominantly based on two recent publications from the
U.S. Forest Service – The National Report on Sustainable Forests-2010
(published in 2011) and Forest Resources of the United States-2007 (published in
To download the full report: http://www.dovetailinc.org/files/DovetailUSForests0312.pdf
Looking for a concise and
illustrated guide to understanding trees? The following site is perfect for
student research and use with your outdoor learning experiences:
The “Silvics of North
America” Volume 1 –Conifers and Volume 2 – Hardwoods provide a maximum age
attained for each species. http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/table_of_contents.htm
Websites Featuring information on Children & Nature
& Nature Network: Building a Movement to Reconnect Children and Nature.
Child Left Inside:
A special initiative of Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell,
coordinated by the Connecticut Department of Environmental
Protection to encourage Connecticut families and visitors alike
to enjoy all the recreational resources and outdoor activities
available in Connecticut's state parks, forests and
waterways. From Kent Falls in Kent to Stratton Brook in
Simsbury to Fort Trumbull in New London, it's time to discover
the great outdoors!
Learn Outside: Project Learning Tree offers multi-disciplinary tools and resources for educators who want their students to learn about the natural world … by being there.
Website links to the Maine Learning Results & the National Common Core
Learning Results: Maine’s Learning Results serve as the focal point for state and local efforts to improve student learning, define professional development needs, update local curriculum and instructional practices, and assess student achievement. The Learning Results web pages provide information about the rich activity currently underway both in the Department and in schools and educational organizations around the state.
The Common Core State
Standards: The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
PLT PreK-8 Guide - Resources by Activity:
On: Resources then PreK-8 Guide Resources by Activity