Project Learning Tree certification available for new facilitators


MONTPELIER -- The award winning environmental education program from Project Learning Tree (PLT) is expanding in Vermont. Vermont PLT is looking for individuals who wish to become Certified Project Learning Tree Facilitators.

These individuals will represent organizations that have an interest in or ongoing need to train staff, students, volunteers, teachers or community partners to use conservation and environmental education activities and programs in their work.

Vermont PLT will hold a facilitator workshop March 27 and 28 at One World Conservation Center in Bennington to train and support new workshop facilitators to use the PLT PreK-8th grade, early childhood, and high school materials. This workshop will focus on methods for training adult learners and ways to meet the unique conservation and environmental education needs of their organizations and school districts. Following a "Train the Trainer" model, this workshop will prepare new facilitators to use environmental education activity guides to facilitate workshops themselves as needed, choosing and adapting activities to fit their programs and the audiences they serve.

PLT is an award winning international environmental education curricula aligned to all state and national education standards. Benefits of participating in this workshop include: valuable resources and training, along with innovative ideas and inspiration to support your organization’s conservation education mission or related objectives (STEM, 21st Century Skills, Healthy and Active Lifestyles, Citizenship/Service Learning, Earth Stewardship, Natural Resource Literacy and Conservation, Gardening and Nutrition, etc.); simplification of your organization’s professional development process and money savings by offering training in-house when you want, and in a way that directly meets your organization’s most pressing needs; leveraging of funding and other community resources with each workshop, while positioning your organization as a valuable community resource; and career advancement by enhancing your resume/skill set and building your professional network. Join the Project Learning Tree network and benefit from ongoing resources, training, networking and support while contributing to the environmental literacy of our future leaders and adding a fun, challenging and highly rewarding new project to your work.

How do I become a Project Learning Tree Certified Facilitator? Attend the Vermont Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training March 27-28, 2014 at One World Conservation Center in Bennington ($45 registration fee is required; a limited number of scholarships are available.) The fee includes lodging, meals, and all books and materials.

Questions? Call or email Rebecca Phelps, Vermont Project Learning Tree Coordinator, 802-522-0780, rebecca. In Vermont, Project Learning Tree is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Lattner Family Foundation.


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