Experiential learning, or hands-on learning, is a great way to engage young people!

PLT Canada offers educational resources to connect the children or young people in your life to the outdoors. Learn about the key role sustainable forest management plays in the fight against climate change, explore diverse career opportunities in Canada’s green sector, encourage critical and creative thinking, and more!


Free Worksheets

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Our environmental education resources are ideal for teachers and parents who want to encourage outdoor learning and take their nature curriculum outside.

View our free eco-education worksheets and activities to connect the children in your life to the outdoors. Each worksheet asks questions to support critical thinking and provides one or more activities for you and the children to complete together.

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Sample K-8 Lesson Plans

Get a taste of PLT Canada educational resources with free, downloadable activities from the Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide (COMING SOON!). The full guide includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase young people’s awareness and knowledge about their environment.

Free Sample Activity for Grades K-2: Backyard Safari

Students will go outside (whether it’s the school playground, a local park, or their backyard), look for signs of animal life, and consider how animals in their area get food, water, and shelter. Download this free sample activity.

Free Sample Activity for Grades 3-5: Charting Biodiversity

Students will learn how animals in different environments have adapted to where they live, why there are so many different species, and the value of biodiversity. Download this free sample activity.

Free Sample Activity for Grades 6-8: Field, Forest, and Stream

Students will observe how living and nonliving components (for example, sunlight, soil moisture, temperature, wind, and water flow) affect ecosystems. Download this free sample activity.

Curriculum Connections

Learn how these free activities align to curriculum in British Columbia and Ontario.

Guest Speakers for Educators

Educators can reach out to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) contacts below to enquire about having a forestry professional speak with their students about sustainable forest management.

SFI Implementation Committees work with forestry and professional associations, universities, government agencies, landowner groups, conservation groups, and many others to support community outreach and education programs.

More Resources

PLT Canada also offers free environmental education worksheets for teachers and parents, a Climate Change & Forests digital educational resource, a Teaching with i-Tree e-book, a Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers e-book, and A Guide to Green Jobs in Canada: Voices of Indigenous Professionals. You can also have your students take our Green Jobs quiz, which suggests rewarding green career pathways best suited to their personalities!


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