Project Learning Tree

What is Project Learning Tree?  

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program designed for educators working with youth from early childhood through grade 12. Using trees and forests as windows on the world, this hands-on interdisciplinary program helps young people learn how to investigate, interact with, and develop skills for how think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues. Innovative teacher-leaders utilize PLT resources to create dynamic and engaging learning opportunities that can be designed for indoor or outdoor learning. 

Project Learning Tree is an initiative of the Sustainability Forestry Initiative, a non-profit charitable organization with the mission of advancing sustainability through forest-focused collaboration.  

Learn more about the benefits of PLT. 
Project Learning Tree’s The Forest Classrooms Raising Responsible Children 

Where Can I find Project Learning Tree in Washington?  
In Washington, Project Learning Tree is proudly sponsored by Pacific Education Institute (PEI). PEI provides resources and professional development for educators and community leaders interested in using Project Learning Tree materials as part of their programming. PEI also offers training for natural resource professionals as facilitators to offer Project Learning Tree workshops throughout the state.  

Project Learning Tree in Washington is characterized by three equally important components: 

Carefully Designed Professional Development 

High-Quality Project Learning Tree Instructional Materials (Early Childhood through Grade 12) 

Extensive Network of Pacific Northwest Forest Education Resources

Questions about WA PLT? Please contact Washington PLT Coordinator Lara Tukarski at [email protected] 


WA Project Learning Tree—Snapshots from the Field  
PLT workshops are consistently rated as among the most valuable professional development opportunities educators have ever experienced.  Most WA educators attend PLT workshops because they were recommended by a colleague. Read about some of our programs below and hear what teachers have to say! 

Centralia College Early Childhood Trees & Me Workshop  
Engaging Communities in Forest Education: North Cascades 
Engaging Communities in Forest Education: Southwest WA 
FieldDesign: Community Forests and Environmental Justice 
Introduction to Project Learning Tree and Outdoor Learning–Wa He Lut Indian School 

What Are Teachers Saying? 

“This training was eye-opening for how we can use the beautiful outdoor environment on our own campus to support, extend, and enhance student learning.” 

“What a great PD! I learned so much about implementing forest education into my classroom and can now help my students understand the world of forests and conservation. Thank you!!!” 


Contact your Washington State Project Learning Tree Coordinator!  Lara Tukarski at [email protected]