Colorado PLT Schools and PLT Partners!
PLT appreciates the efforts of schools and partners to help the Colorado State Forest Service instill awareness and knowledge of the benefits of healthy trees and forests to our ecosystems.
PLT Schools have committed to using PLT activities in each grade level each year, through PLT-certified teachers. Additionally, the school is involved in a community forest project each year.
PLT Partners help us accomplish the same goals by hosting or conducting at least one PLT workshop at their site each year. Usually these are conducted by employees who are certified PLT facilitators.
Aldo Leopold-designed benches, made from Colorado blue stained pine wood, are awarded! These benches are visible tributes to our partnerships and trainings, and highlight several important forest related concepts. We use blue stained wood to draw attention to the impact of pests on our forests. The bench is designed by Aldo Leopold (1887 – 1948), a famous American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, and environmentalist, for use at his “shack” in Wisconsin, where he demonstrated land restoration and wrote about land ethics and conservation.
- Leopold's "shack" in Sand County, WS
- Leopold Benches
- Leopold Shack with bench
- Aldo Leopold Shack with bench
- Reading Leopold's Sand County Almanac
Since 2001, the Fire Ecology Institute has been bringing important knowledge about wildfire across Colorado’s landscape to teachers, who in turn pass the information along to their students, parents, neighbors and communities.
PLT’s service-learning program that includes grant opportunities! Student investigations are centered on energy, water, school site, waste & recycling, and environmental quality. Investigations are aligned with state & national standards and can be incorporated into classroom studies or be projects for school eco-clubs.
An education professor in Denver shares the lessons she learned after 20 of her preservice teachers practiced their teaching with elementary students using PLT activities in a nearby park. If you are interested in bringing ELM to your school, please contact us!
Forests to Faucets – F2F Continuing Education Workshops are designed to provide teachers with an in-depth education about water and water-realted issues. Teachers explore topics such as where our water comes from, how our water is treated, and the importance of water conservation and a healthy watershed. Workshops include interactive curriculum resources and field trips customized to participants’ watersheds and treatment systems. Contact us to schedule a Forests to Faucets Workshop customized for your district!