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Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning internationally recognized environmental education program that provides ready-made lessons and activities for educators. PLT can integrate easily into an existing curriculum and can be used to supplement all subject areas. PLT uses the forest as a "window to the world," helping young people gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them and their place within it. Students develop skills in creative problem solving, critical thinking, and evaluation and research while having fun.

PLT activities are hands-on interdisciplinary lessons that integrate easily into all subject areas.  They are correlated to both state and national educational standards, useful to formal and non-formal educators from pre-school through high school.  PLT is designed to teach students HOW to think, not tell them what to think.  To obtain PLT materials, you must attend a PLT workshop where the program is introduced, activities conducted and many more teaching resources provided.

Project Learning Tree 
IDNR-Division of Forestry 
402 W. Washington, Rm. W296
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 234-5143
plt@dnr.IN.gov

For questions about Indiana PLT, or to join a PLT workshop, contact Donna Rogler, PLT Coordinator, at the above address.

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Videos: tree seedling production at Vallonia State Tree Nursery

    Also available from the Indiana PLT office

    Learn how to build a demonstration forest with Creating a Demonstration Forest A Handbook to Plan, Fund, Build and Effectively Use a Community Educational Resource.

    TreeA demonstration forest is a small-scale version of a working forest that demonstrates techniques of forest management. It is usually a piece of land just five to ten acres that typically includes trails, outdoor classrooms, and learning stations. It can be in a state forest or county park, or on private ground, corporate property or school ground. This concept creates a powerful learning experience for visitors of all ages, making a thirty-minute walk in the forest last a lifetime!

    This publication from Project Learning Tree provides step-by-step information to make a demonstration forest a reality. How to plan-how to consult with others-how to build-how to maintain- these questions and many more are addressed in this handbook. A demonstration forest is an ideal location for Project Learning Tree's activity-based curriculum which focuses on the total environment: land, air, and water.Forest

    To order Creating a Demonstration Forest, send your name and address, along with a check or money order for $6 made out to "IFEF/PLT", to:

    Indiana Project Learning Tree
    IDNR-Division of Forestry
    402 W. Washington, Rm. W296
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 234-5143

    The Division of Forestry is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.