Project Learning Tree in Puerto Rico

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Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program that is supported by a network of over 500,000 trained educators across the globe. By training teachers, educators and community leaders to use the PLT curriculum, this program integrates environmental education and outdoor learning components into all subject areas of the classroom. Using the PLT materials, students are taught how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues.

Project Learning Tree at the Institute

children grouped together holding branches and leaves in their hands for identificationOn July 23rd and 24th 2014, the Institute and the DNER will offer a Project Learning Tree facilitator training in Spanish at the Jardín Botánico in Río Piedras. Senior Vice President of the PLT organization, Kathy McGlauflin, will be joined by other bi-lingual educators previously trained in the PLT curriculum to offer this workshop (a “train the trainers” event) for the first time in Puerto Rico. Educators and biologists from the DNER, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and other local organizations will be among the first group of trained facilitators to attend this event. After receiving this training, facilitators will then be qualified to hold workshops across the island in order to teach educators how to incorporate the materials into their classroom.

Importance of Conservation Education

children gathered around a table drawing a picture with a pencil of a branch with leavesStudies show that when environmental education and outdoor learning components are integrated into the school programs, students improve their mastery of science, math, language and spelling while simultaneously exhibiting enhanced cooperation and conflict resolution skills and gains in self-esteem. The Institute is proud to show its commitment to increasing environmental literacy through science-based education by sponsoring PLT for the very first time in the Caribbean!

For more information related to Project Learning Tree at the Institute, please contact Magaly Figueroa


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