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Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators working with students from pre-kindergarten through high school. It 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. The SC program is sponsored by the South Carolina Forestry Foundation, forest industry, SC Department of Education, and SC Forestry Commission.

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Become a Project Learning Tree Sponsor

Project Learning Tree is funded through grants, workshop fees and donations. Play a part in training educators to equip our students to learn more about nature and take better care of our environment.

Please contact Emily Oakman, or (803)798-4170, for more information.

Project Learning Tree
  • PLT 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.
  • PLT teaches students "how to think, not what to think" about complex environmental issues.
  • PLT activities supplement existing curricula.
  • PLT activities are hands-on action oriented.
  • PLT activities easily adapt to many settings: classroom, outdoors, the home, city, forest etc.
  • PLT activities are correlated to national and state academic standards as well as Boy and Girl Scout programs.
  • PLT is multi-disciplinary—it is not just science!
  • PLT materials are designed for teachers by teachers, and do not require expensive equipment or kits.

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:
Matt Schnabel
SC PLT Coordinator
Visit the State PLT website:
Link to State Project Learning Tree website
Visit the State PLT Facebook Page:

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming professional development opportunities will be posted as they are scheduled.

PLT Professional Development

WILD & PLT Professional Development Event
March 17, 2023
Registration deadline: March 12th
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center
Cost: FREE! (Lunch is provided)
All participants receive two environmental education curriculum books and more!

PLT Professional Development

Teaching Climate Science with PLT: Secondary PD event
March 24, 2023
Registration deadline: March 19
9 am - 3 pm
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Cost: FREE (space is limited)
All participants will receive the Southeastern Forests & Climate Change and Focus on Forests guides!

PLT Professional Development

WET, WILD & PLT Triple Facilitator Training
July 19-20, 2023
Registration deadline: July 5th
July 19 - 9:30 am - 5 pm
July 20 - 8 am - 3:30 pm
Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center
Cost: $125 registration
Continuing education and continuing forestry education credits may be available. Check with your organization.

Request a Virtual or In-person Training for your School, College, or Organization

SC PLT has funding to offer trainings -free of charge- to pre-service educators studying education, students majoring in natural resources, in-service educators, and early childhood educators registered through DSS. The funded trainings can be offered to these individuals if their associated school, district, or center requests a workshop. Other PLT trainings require a $20 per participant fee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Emily C. Oakman, Director of Landowner Outreach, Forestry Education and Programs at the Forestry Association of SC 803-798-4170,

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