Experiential learning, or hands-on learning, is a great way to engage young people!
PLT Canada provides a lifetime of learning, connecting all ages to the outdoors through our hands-on educational activities and resources. Engage children and young adults in inquiry and place-based learning about the environment through the lens of trees and forests. 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!
Whether you are a kindergarten teacher, high school science teacher, natural resources professional, or parent, PLT activities use nature to teach about math, science, social studies, language arts, and more. Our activities supplement and enhance your existing curriculum and bring learning to life.
View PLT Canada’s comprehensive educational materials for formal and nonformal educators working with youth of all ages. Click the arrows to expand each section.
Introduce children ages 1-6 to the natural world through PLT Canada’s newest guide, Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children.
Filled with hundreds of fun and engaging activities for parents, caregivers, early childhood educators and more to do with little learners.
PLT Canada’s new Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase young people’s awareness and knowledge about their environment. Activities integrate teaching about the environment into a multitude of subjects using hands-on classroom studies and outdoor field investigations.
Each filled with three engaging activities, our theme-based digital collections are the perfect way to try PLT activities with your learners. Designed to be flexible, the activities can be used as stand-alone lessons, or all together as a cohesive unit of instruction.
What is climate change? How are forests impacted by it and how do they also serve as a nature-based solution to mitigate it? Learn how to effectively teach about climate change and encourage your students to take action. This flexible self-contained unit of instruction is fully online and supports learning as a developmental progression. The Climate Change & Forests e-unit is filled with step-by-step lesson plans, downloadable worksheets, assessment tools, background information, and additional resources.
Encourage youth to explore rewarding green careers with hands-on instructional activities, online quizzes, and inspiring stories from trailblazing professionals in the forest and conservation sector.
PLT Canada’s resources not only help students improve their environmental literacy, but also their forest literacy. Our Forest Literacy Framework translates the language of forests and sustainable forest management into concepts for grades K-12.
For older learners, help them increase their understanding of forests with our online learning experience, Forest Quest. In the game, they’ll navigate through a forest, learning about biodiversity, sustainable forest management, impacts forests have on our communities, green career opportunities, and more.
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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The Environmental Education worksheets are a great way to engage youth about the outdoors. Spark their curiosity through scientific inquiries into nature and creative thinking outside.
Elementary school teacher Deb L., from Sarnia, Ontario, has been using the worksheets in her virtual classroom lessons to inspire youth. You can see her Powerpoint slides below!
If you’re looking for a fun way to get your child outdoors, learning about nature, you’ve come to the right spot. PLT Canada’s environmental education worksheets are an ideal way to help young ones learn about nature.
Children can practice problem-solving skills and build their sense of surroundings through these easy-to-use worksheets. Has COVID-19 kept you indoors for too long? If so, find an escape by exploring your backyard or nearby green space with the PLT Canada worksheets.
See an example of a worksheet below:
Get a taste of PLT Canada educational resources with 3 free, downloadable activities from the new Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide. 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.
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.
Pierre Mezzetta, firstname.lastname@example.org
Provinces: Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick
Louis-Serge Gagnon, email@example.com
Julie Deschesne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Parzei, email@example.com
Provinces: Ontario, Manitoba
Darrell Regimbald, firstname.lastname@example.org
Provinces: Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia
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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