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Project Learning Tree’s Texas partners have identified activities that can be enhanced with the use of data collected by drones. Professors and students at the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Agriculture and Forestry have historically relied on drones to perform research on individual tree health and hazard assessment. Educators found that images taken using the DJI Phantom P3 were just as reliable as in-person observations and particularly useful in urban forest assessments. The correlations below resulted from a special initiative that emphasized using drones for educational programs.
The following PLT activities involve the collection and analysis of landscape data that students can either capture themselves with drone technology or extrapolate from existing drone-captured footage.
Activity 22: Trees as Habitat Activity 36: Pollution Search
Activity 9: Planet Diversity Activity 21: Adopt A Tree
Activity 46: Schoolyard Safari Activity 47: Are Vacant Lots Vacant?
Activity 48: Field, Forest, and Stream Activity 71: Watch on Wetlands
Activity 80: Nothing Succeeds Like Succession Activity 88: Life on the Edge
Colorado adopted Project Learning Tree in 1976, and The Colorado State Forest Service, a division of the Warner College of Natural Resource at Colorado State University, uses its award-winning and highly acclaimed activities to help achieve its mission.Colorado Project Learning Tree envisions a future where citizens of all ages understand, appreciate and responsibly care for our natural world. We strive to accomplish this by providing science-based information, experiences, materials and activities for educators to share with their learners. Our program is a collaboration of many partners, including the National PLT staff and their national operating committee; the American Forest Foundation; PLT coordinators and educators from around the country; federal, state and local agencies; environmental and conservation organizations; universities and camps; industries and individuals; school districts; educators; volunteers; and Colorado PLT facilitators and advisers.