Georgia’s educators and the learning community have enhanced access to forestry and natural resource materials through a new web portal. The Georgia Project Learning Tree and Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop programs are now being administered by the Georgia Forestry Commission, giving teachers a wealth of study tools and hands-on learning opportunities that enrich students’ environmental awareness.

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. Detailed lesson plans and activities for all ages that can be easily incorporated into existing curriculum or used in informal settings are available at georigiaplt.org. Diverse age- and grade-appropriate subjects include southern and world forests, energy, biodiversity, waste, climate change and green jobs, among others. Activities support critical thinking skills, incorporate technology and use differentiated instruction. Materials provide educators the tools they need to bring the environment into the classroom and students into the environment. Georgia Project Learning Tree is co-sponsored by the University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

The Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop, at gatcw.org, is the premier forestry and environmental education workshop for teachers and educators in Georgia. The annual week-long class emphasizes the importance of conservation of natural resources, with special attention given to Georgia’s wildlife, forests, forest products and water. Participants share 18 different hands-on project-based activities, go on field trips and on completion, receive certificates in Project Learning Tree, Project WILD and Project WET. Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop is co-sponsored by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center and supported by its fiscal agent the Georgia Forestry Foundation.

The Georgia Forestry Commission is committed to the sustainability of our forests for present and future generations. Georgia Project Learning Tree and the Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop are crucial tools that support the education of all Georgians.

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