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PLT activityProject Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning international environmental education program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. It is designed for teachers and informal educators who work with students from early childhood through high school. In South Carolina, Project Learning Tree is jointly sponsored by the SC Forestry Commission, SC Forestry Association, and the SC Department of Education.

PLTPLT uses the forest as a window into the natural world, helping young people gain an awareness and knowledge of the environment and their place within it.

PLTPLT teaches students "how to think, not what to think" about complex environmental issues.

PLTPLT activities supplement existing curricula.

PLTPLT activities are hands-on action oriented.

PLTPLT activities easily adapt to many settings: classroom, outdoors, the home, city, forest etc. PLT activity

PLTPLT activities are correlated to national and state academic standards as well as Boy and Girl Scout programs.

PLTPLT is multi-disciplinary—it is not just science!

PLTPLT materials are designed for teachers by teachers, and do not require expensive equipment or kits.

PLT Resources for Teachers


Project Learning Tree ® (PLT) is an award winning, multidisciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT is a program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.
One way in which PLT remains a widely used curriculum is by correlating the materials to national and state educational standards. This allows educators to meet educational goals easily by using PLT activities in the classroom. Additionally, non-formal educators can structure programs to meet educational standards by using the correlations.


In 2012, Project Learning Tree correlated its PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide to the Common Core State Standards for both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. In 2014, PLT completed correlations for 3 of its secondary modules with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA).  These correlations may be found online at
Correlations to national standards have also been completed for the Next Generation Science Standards, STEM Strategies, the National Social Studies Standards, and the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Excellence in EE – Guidelines for Learning.  These correlations may be found online at


For South Carolina educators, PLT materials have been correlated to the South Carolina Academic Standards and South Carolina’s Early Learning Standards.
PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guide has been correlated to the 2017 South Carolina Early Learning Standards (SC ELS).  Each structured activity in the book has been correlated to at least one goal in the SC ELS.

The PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide has been correlated to the 2015 College- and Career-Ready Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, the 2014 Science Standards, and the 2011 Social Studies Standards.

Correlations for the most popular secondary module, Focus on Forests, were completed to high school 2014 Biology I Science Standards.

Below are the correlations by grade. You must have access to, at the minimum, Adobe Acrobat Reader, to open the files.


Early Childhood
High School Biology I

SC PLT Facilitator Corner

Resources and Forms

2020 Virtual PLT Facilitator Refresher - K-2 Treemendous Science E-Unit

2019 PLT Facilitator Refresher at Cedarleaf Farm Recap

2018 PLT Facilitator Refresher at Harbison State Forest Recap


SC PLT Environmental Education Centers

Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Centers promote collaborations that encourage long-term, high quality environmental education programing. PLT EE Centers increase opportunities for PLT activities and outreach to impact a larger number of diverse communities. 

South Carolina has 7 PLT Environmental Education Centers across our state. For more information, please view SC Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Centers.


SC PLT Jerry L. Shrum Outstanding Educator of the Year Awards

Nomination Form
Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Jerry L. Shrum Outstanding Educator of the Year through June 15.

2019 SC PLT Outstanding Educator – Dr. Lynn Hoekstra

2018 SC PLT Outstanding Educator – Cynthia Deaton

What to know more?

To learn about the progress of PLT in SC, please view the 2019 SC PLT Annual Report.


For more information on the PLT program and materials, visit the National PLT website.

For more information on PLT in South Carolina, including upcoming workshops, visit the SC PLT website, or contact:
                Matt Schnabel
                SC PLT Coordinator



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