Nature at Home

A collection of Maine-based videos demonstrating PLT activities that you can do in your own backyard.

Walk in the Forest Guide

This guide will help you plan an event for adults, families, students or teachers. Walk in the Forest helps audiences of all ages unplug from their busy lives and witness the wonder of nature.  It provides a great opportunity for people to appreciate forests, and to teach others about the benefits forests provide and how forest management can enhance those benefits.

Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA)

Facilitates and promotes environmental education in Maine through the sharing of ideas, resources, information, and cooperative programs among educators, organizations, and concerned individuals. MEEA is built on the strengths and contributions of our members.

Created in 1982, MEEA helps organizations, schools, groups, educational programs, and individuals promote and expand environmental education in Maine. In addition, MEEA acts as a clearinghouse, keeping groups and individuals informed of issues and events in the field of environmental education. We believe conserving Maine’s rich cultural and natural heritage requires environmentally aware citizenship.

MEEA is an affiliate of the New England Environmental Education Alliance and the North  American Association of Environmental Education:

As a force multiplier for environmental education, NAAEE is committed to promoting excellence in the field and expanding the reach and impact of our collective work. Through signature programs, advocacy, conferences, and other activities, NAAEE works with partners across North America and beyond, to advance our mission of accelerating environmental literacy and civic engagement to create a more sustainable future.

Northern Woodlands Goes to School 

The NWGTS program provides classroom teachers with both a hard copy of the magazine as well as a digital edition. Current teachers and homeschooling parents are welcome to sign up.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

The future of our forests depends on strengthening the connections between sustainable forests, thriving communities, and responsible purchasing.  SFI is a solutions-oriented sustainability organization that collaborates on forest-based conservation and community initiatives that demonstrate and enhance our shared quality of life while providing supply chain assurances through standards, data, and authentic stories.

Resources for Connecting Children with Nature

No Child Left Inside

A special initiative of Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, coordinated by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to encourage Connecticut families and visitors alike to enjoy all the recreational resources and outdoor activities available in Connecticut’s state parks, forests and waterways.  From Kent Falls in Kent to Stratton Brook in Simsbury to Fort Trumbull in New London, it’s time to discover the great outdoors!

Nature Journaling with PLT:

Discover how experiential learning across all subjects can be achieved by encouraging your students to use a nature journal.

Take-It-Outside

Take it Outside is an initiative led by former Governor John E. Badacci to encourage Maine’s children and families to reconnect with nature.  Take it Outside! Is your one-stop shopping information source for year-round outdoor recreation opportunities in Maine.

Learn Outside

Project Learning Tree offers multi-disciplinary tools and resources for educators who want their students to learn about the natural world … by being there.

PLT Greenschools

Inspire students to take responsibility for improving the environment at their school, home and in their community.  Engage your students in greening their school.  We offer training for adults, tips on starting a student-driven GreenSchools program, how to obtain equipment and collect data, and ways to empower your students to design and lead an action project that uses their STEM skills. 

The Maine Forest Service

has 10 District Foresters who provide technical assistance and educational services to landowners, loggers, schools and educational institutions, municipalities, and other stakeholders.

Field Foresters conduct educational workshops, field demonstrations, media presentations and can provide limited one-on-one contact with individual landowners.

Maine Learning Results & National Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards:

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Next Generation Science Standards