Idaho Project Learning Tree

Idaho Project Learning Tree


Arbor Day 2022 was one for the record books! The Idaho Forest Products Commission gave away thousands of seedlings at The Home Depot and through our friends at Idaho Department of Lands; held celebrations from the north to the south of Idaho; Idaho Project Learning Tree helped kids make paper at STEM night at Cynthia MannElementary in Boise and delivered seedlings to Collister Elementary in Boise; and we awarded the outstanding youth photographers for their inspiring photos during an in-person ceremony at Idaho State Museum. Thanks to everyone who made our favorite holiday so special!

LOVED the online professional developments this round. I really encourage all of you to try them if and when they become available again! They have improved so much and will be so usable for me!
Apply now for Be Outside Idaho Grants for projects that connect Idaho's youth with the outdoors! Deadline to apply is October 1; Learn more and apply here:

Be Outside, Idaho grants are awarded to Idaho schools, government entities, and non-profit organizations for projects that encourage youth and their families to get outdoors, including projects that focus on outdoor recreation and natural resource education!

Be Outside Idaho is a project of the Idaho Recreation and Tourism Initiative. Partners: Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, Friends of Idaho State Parks, Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG), Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), and more!

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Idaho Project Learning Tree is offering some fantastic training opportunities!
Get nature-based, hands-on experiences for Early Childhood through Idaho Project Learning Tree!

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IdahoSTARS professional development credits provided!
Get nature-based, hands-on
experiences for Early Childhood through Idaho Project Learning Tree!

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IdahoSTARS PD credits provided!
K-8th Grade educators - Are you looking for high quality (and fun!!) professional development this summer? Sign up for Idaho Project Learning Tree Virtual PD. You'll get standards-aligned hands-on activities that address many parts of your elementary or middle school curriculum. Bring the environment into your classroom!

Register at…/sign-up-for-2020-classes/
Nature journaling is a great way to get children involved outside. It can be done anywhere and by anyone! What observations can you make outside of your residence?
Idaho Project Learning Tree
Check out Idaho Project Learning Tree for more information on this great summer opportunity.
So grateful for the Idaho Project Learning Tree for the wonderful Professional Development Weekend we had at Riverstone this weekend. They introduced us to Curb It and the amazing recycling program they have in Boise that I am hoping to help implement in the City of Nampa, and in my own school. Lot's of discussions and hurdles to over come first, but now I have the connections to help that on it's way.

Facebook is the perfect place to share Project Learning Tree information and all the wonderful programs they have and what they do. I encourage educators K-12 to check them out and see what they are all about. The hands on education and field trips are amazing for teachers and students alike. Let's spread the word.
One of the great things about Idaho is all the beautiful outdoor spaces we have! Educators, Idaho Project Learning Tree workshops help you use nature to engage children in learning – both outside and indoors! Workshops are offered statewide:

Workshop participants have the option to earn university credits and Idaho STARS hours!

Award-winning hands-on education activities provided through professional development trainings for

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We’d like to help you keep your Idaho summer from going up in smoke!

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Please share, and let’s keep Idaho wild and beautiful!


💰Did you know that IDAHO SCHOOL DISTRICTS can apply for GRANTS to help create training programs that prepare middle and high school students for high demand jobs in industries in their town or region? One of those industries is 🌲 Idaho's forest products sector, where good, well-paying jobs are in high demand. The Idaho State Department of Education’s program is providing $45 million in grants that incentivize Idaho schools to tailor their Career Technical Education offerings to prepare students to meet local and regional industry and workforce needs. Learn more and apply at


Get your FREE Thin The Threat sticker to support active forest management. Many Idaho forests are at dangerously high risk of severe fire because of dense, overcrowded conditions and dead and dying trees. At-risk forests burn more intensely and are more likely to threaten lives, property, wildlife habitats, watersheds, and soils and emit large amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Thin The Threat calls for reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire through cutting-edge technology to harvest overgrown forests and dead and diseased trees while protecting air and water quality, wildlife habitat and the places we love. When our forests are healthy, Idaho is healthy. Learn more at


The Plant the Moon grant is now open and closes August 11! To find grant funding, scroll past the registration link to the section labeled "Space Grant Funding Request":

Participants in the Plant the Moon and Plant Mars Challenge help NASA scientists and the academic community at large learn the best conditions to make growing food sustainably on the Moon and Mars possible. The competition is broken up by grades (elementary, middle school, high school and college) so students participate with their age group.

Are 'mother trees' real? 07/14/2023

Life is more complicated than people want it to be. Hooray for ongoing learning!

Are 'mother trees' real? The Mother Tree Project popularized the idea that older trees nourish younger trees using fungal networks. But the research is under debate.


Thanks to everyone who made the Idaho Forest Products Commission's 2023 for educators a huge success!


Happy 4th of July from your friends at Idaho Forest Products Commission. Learn more about Idaho's forests at

Photos from Idaho Project Learning Tree's post 06/30/2023

Day 3 of the IFPC SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY TOUR started bright and early for breakfast, sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Centers and JMF Co (aka Jack Buell Trucking). Then it was off to and to learn about a modern sawmill and papermaking facility. Frank Buell (JMF) talked about transportation challenges and opportunities. At Pitkin Forest Nursery our 26 educators and counselors learned about growing the next generation of Idaho forests. At Nora Creek Forest, Charlie McKetta talked about his objectives for managing a tree farm and , while Greg Howisey of talked about forestry consulting. We are grateful that Debbie Critchfield, Idaho's superintendent of public instruction with Idaho State Department of Education joined us!

Photos from Idaho Project Learning Tree's post 06/29/2023

Day 2 of the IFPC SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY TOUR was outside all day! Our 26 educators and counselors started with an early morning breakfast sponsored by Stimson Lumber Company and Boise Cascade. Then it was off to a PotlatchDeltic forest where Rich Hansen from Hansen Logging talked about the people, technology and safety associated with a high-tech logging operation. Next up, a visit to the University of Idaho Experimental Forest, where a semester's worth of forestry information was compacted into a day. Our lucky participants got a crash course in forest types and fire, wildlife and watersheds, silviculture and carbon sequestration, and much more. Thanks to Manulife Investment Management for helping sponsor this incredible experience. You can learn about Idaho's forests at

Photos from Idaho Project Learning Tree's post 06/27/2023

More from DAY 1 of the Idaho Forest Products Commission's 2023 SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY TOUR for educators. Participants toured the basketball arena at the University of Idaho, visited a White Pine orchard and interacted with some incredible people who make sustainable forests possible, including SFT tour veteran Dr. Dan Miller and Blake Manley, who is helping lead this year's tour. Learn more about "Dr. Dan" at and Blake Manley, who is beginning a new job at the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, at


It's DAY 1 of the Idaho Forest Products Commission's SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY TOUR. Twenty-six lucky educators and counselors representing middle and high schools from Rigby to Weippe, Boise to Burley, Potlach to Post Falls (and everywhere in between) have gathered in Moscow, ID, for the next four days to learn about Idaho's incredible, sustainable forests. Today's activities include a tour of the Idaho Central Credit Union basketball arena at the University of Idaho and a trip to a White Pine seed orchard. Thanks to the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources for transportation throughout the SFT! You can learn more about Idaho's sustainable forests at


In Idaho, we love our forests because they provide many benefits that improve our world. Sustainably managed forests provide social benefits -- such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping and hunting; environmental benefits -- such as habitat for fish and wildlife and clean air and water; and economic benefits -- the products we use daily and good jobs too. Keeping our forests healthy so they can continue to provide the benefits that make Idaho, well, Idaho is achieved through thoughtful, sustainable management. Learn more at

Treemendous: Project Learning Tree (July 17-18) - Museum of Idaho 06/20/2023

Elementary educators in eastern Idaho, join us for a "Treemendous" workshop at the Museum of Idaho July 17-18. Project Learning Tree (PLT) brings the environment into the classroom and your students into the environment. During the class, you’ll build engaging interdisciplinary units by connecting PLT activities with children’s literature. Your students will develop knowledge and skills through relevant hands-on experiences, enhancing literacy in multiple areas of your curriculum. Sign up today, seats are limited!

Treemendous: Project Learning Tree (July 17-18) - Museum of Idaho 1 Continuing Education Unit credit Project Learning Tree (PLT) brings the environment into the classroom and your students into the environment. During the class, you’ll build engaging interdisciplinary units by connecting PLT activities with children’s literature. Your students will develop kno...

FOREST FAST BREAK: Fire Safety 06/12/2023

Humans cause the vast majority of forest fires. Watch this short video about fire safety, especially if you're headed out camping! Learn more about Idaho forests at

FOREST FAST BREAK: Fire Safety Learn about fire safety guidelines and tips in and around forests.

FOREST FAST BREAK: Forest Fire 06/08/2023

Why have wildfires become so severe? Watch this quick Forest Fast Break video from the Idaho Forest Products Commission about forest fires, why they've become so severe, and how management can help mitigate them. Learn more at

FOREST FAST BREAK: Forest Fire Learn about forest fires - their role in forests, why they've become so severe and what can be done.


In this self-guided 1-credit training, you will select a specific PLT curriculum as your focus and complete online training on that material. In addition, you will conduct PLT activities, explore abundant supporting resources, and reflect and plan how you’ll use PLT in your learning environment. Choose your curriculum:

Explore Your Environment K-8 Activity Guide
PreK-8th Grade Environmental Education Activity Guide
Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood
Treemendous Science E-Unit – K-2nd Grades
Energy in Ecosystems E-Unit – 3rd-5th Grades
Carbon & Climate E-Unit – 6th-8th Grades
Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers – Ages 12 to 25
GreenSchools Investigations – Middle and High School

Learn more at

Sustainable Forestry Tour for Teachers and Counselors 06/01/2023

We're thrilled to announce that 26 incredible teachers and counselors from across Idaho will embark on a unique learning adventure -- the Sustainable Forestry Tour -- in Moscow, ID, June 26-29! 🌲✨ With stunning views and a chance to gain valuable insight into Idaho's sustainable forestry practices, this trip will surely be a unique and inspiring experience for all involved! Check out this video highlighting last year's tour.

Farnsworth Middle School
Orofino High School
Boise School District
Kuna Jt. School District No. 3
Troy Junior - Senior High School
Nezperce School District
DTEC-Dennis Technical Education Center
Sandpoint High School
Skyview High School
Post Falls Middle School
Renaissance High School
Cassia Regional Technical Center
Sage International School of Boise
Potlatch School District #285 Official
Mountain Home High School

Sustainable Forestry Tour for Teachers and Counselors Learn about this incredible professional development opportunity in the forests of Idaho. The Sustainable Forestry Tour is held annually in the summer for t...

05/25/2023 trees are growing! The Idaho Forest Products Commission recently toured the University of Idaho's Pitkin Forest Nursery in Moscow. Pitkin is the state's nursery and one of the largest of its kind in the world, growing a half-million seedlings annually and more than 65 varieties of conifers, hardwoods and shrubs native to Idaho. Student employees get hands-on learning, and research improves seedling quality and success. Learn more about the nursery at and about Idaho's incredible forests at


Smoke from Canadian wildfires that crossed into Idaho in recent days is a good reminder that MAY IS WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH. Wildfires are happening earlier. Now is the time to learn how to protect your home and communities from wildfire and help firefighters reduce the number of human-caused fires. Learn more about prevention and preparedness from at


Congratulations to the winners and all students who learned about forest-related careers and created a video for the contest. A special shout out to winning Idaho students Nick Drobish of Orofino Jr-Sr High School and Halle Lowman of Boise High School.

See the winning videos:

👏🎬📣🌲Announcing the winners of the 2022-2023 Thru the Trees Video Contest! Based on the variety of videos submitted to this year's contest, the judges decided to offer prizes in two categories this year. We are awarding first and second place prizes for best videos in 'Informative' and 'Inventive' categories! We also have four finalists! Great work to all the students who participated!

First Place: Kai Valdez | Sweet Home HS | Oregon
Awarded $850 ($750 first place + $100 finalist)
Cut-to-Length Logging

Second Place: Nick Drobish | Orofino HS | Idaho
Awarded $450 ($350 second place + $100 finalist)
Wildland Firefghter

First Place: Samantha Pineda Villa and Jenaya McElhinny | Sweet Home HS | Oregon
Awarded $850 ($750 first place + $100 finalist)
Log Truck Driver

Second Place: Rhian Hollister and Brooke Glaser | Central Linn HS | Oregon
Awarded $450 ($350 second place + $100 finalist)
The Logger & the Forest Steward

Halle Lowman | Boise HS | Idaho
Awarded $100
Idaho Forest Careers

Jayden Mancilla | Sweet Home HS | Oregon
Awarded $100
Log Truck Drivers

Briar Nixon, Rally Graham & Tony Boschian | Sweet Home HS | Oregon
Awarded $100
Shovel Logging

Alex Reed | Sweet Home HS | Oregon
Awarded $100
Foresters & Environmental Engineers

View Videos at:


Today, we had a great time celebrating in at the Idaho State Museum with so many wonderful partners such as Dustin Miller and the Idaho Department of Lands, Treasure Valley Canopy Network, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, The Nature Conservancy and the Foothills Learning Center. We celebrated the 5th-12th grade Arbor Day Photo Contest winners during the event, many of whom were with us today. There is still time for you to celebrate by planting a tree!! We're giving away 20,000 seedlings throughout the state. Find where you can get your FREE seedling at

Arbor Day photo contest winners and more! 04/27/2023

See the four 1st place winners and 24 honorable mentions in the 5th-12th grade Photo Contest!
Have a happy Arbor Day!

Arbor Day photo contest winners and more! IFPC & Idaho PLT provide abundant resources for Idaho teachers and others who work with youth


Please join us tomorrow as we celebrate !

Friday, April 28
Idaho State Museum
Festivities begin at 10 AM

• Free seedlings
• Refreshments
• Informational booths
• Presentations
• Tree planting

Trees are Idaho’s great renewable resource that can be sustainably managed for the future. This Arbor Day, we hope you will look to Idaho’s forests for everything they contribute to our state and our way of life. Celebrate the history and future of trees in Idaho, including our state's bountiful, beautiful, economically vital public and private forests.

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Idaho Forest Products Commission
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Idaho State Museum
Idaho Department of Lands
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
Treasure Valley Canopy Network
The Nature Conservancy
Foothills Learning Center
Boise Urban Garden School
City of Boise Environmental Group


We're proud and excited to announce the 2023 Photo contest winners. Students in grades 5 through 12 from throughout Idaho participated in the twelfth annual Arbor Day photo contest sponsored by the Idaho Forest Products Commission. Nearly 150 photographs and related artist statements were submitted for consideration in the contest, which asked students to portray the theme, Healthy Tree, Healthy Me. A panel of judges selected four first-place winners and 24 honorable mentions. Please go to to see all of the winners.

Middleton Middle School
Renaissance High School
Timberline High School (Boise, Idaho)
Sage International School of Boise
Middleton Middle School
Middleton Schools
West Ada School District
Boise School District
Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25
Highland High School (Pocatello, Idaho)
American Falls School District #381
William Thomas Middle School
Mountain View School District
Elevate Academy Nampa


The incredible Think Wood mobile tour is coming to the Boise State University campus TOMORROW! Don't miss this opportunity to see and experience this museum-quality, interactive display showcasing the environmental and economic benefits of different softwood lumber and engineered wood products and their many uses in residential and commercial construction. American Wood Council, Idaho Forest Products Commission and the Treasure Valley Canopy Network are sponsoring this FREE event.

3:30-5:30 pm
Boise State University
Ruch Engineering Building Parking Lot
1019 S Euclid Ave


If you're in McCall, ID area at the end of the month, stop by their celebration Saturday, April 29th, from noon to 2 pm at the Franz Witte Nursery on highway 55. This "Celebration of Trees" will include tree seedling giveaways, educational booths, live music, a barbeque and The Lorax! Learn more about at


You're invited to the Idaho Forest Products Commission's celebration at the Idaho State Museum on Friday, April 28th beginning at 10 am. All Idahoans are invited to join local, state and federal partners for an inspirational, in-person and experiential event, including free seedlings, refreshments, informational booths, presentations and a ceremonial tree planting in Julia Davis Park. Can't make it? Celebrate in other vital ways - find activities, locations for free seedling giveaways across the state and more at

Using Arbor Day to inspire a love of the outdoors · Idaho Forests Products Commission 04/12/2023

Learn how kindergarten teacher Wendy Peppersack, of the Boise School District, teaches a love of trees and the outdoors through activities and passion that will inspire you!

Using Arbor Day to inspire a love of the outdoors · Idaho Forests Products Commission Kindergarten teacher brings her love of the outdoors inside her classroom Wendy Peppersack is native Idahoan and an avid outdoors woman. She loves archery, hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping and landscape photography. It’s no surprise that her love for the outdoors makes its way inside...


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We're excited to announce that the Idaho Forest Products Commission's 2023 t-shirt is here! This year, we're celebrating the essence of forest management with a colorful illustration of Manage-Harvest-Plant-Repeat on a super soft, high quality shirt in adult and youth sizes. The best news? They are only $15 each. So, if you're ready to "spruce" up your spring wardrobe, go to and order today!

Climate Solutions: Reforestation 03/21/2023

Climate Solutions: Reforestation Reforestation is part of the solution to climate change. Healthy forests store carbon, and provide clean air, water, and a place for recreation to communitie...


Tuesday, March 14 is Pi Day! Did you know that cookies and pi go together? It's a perfect time to use tree "cookies" to explore the relationship between the distance across a circle (diameter) and the distance around it (circumference). Check out some other things you can learn from tree cookies, on Pi Day and every day!

Quick Links to abundant resources for Idaho educators 03/10/2023

Grants, PD, VIP Forest Tour, Student contests, Arbor Day, Free materials. Don't miss out!

Quick Links to abundant resources for Idaho educators Learn about grants, professional development, VIP experiences, student photo and video contests, Arbor Day resources and free materials for people who engage with Idaho youth


You owe it to yourself to sign up for this. Don't miss out!

Books and trees! Join us for The Story of Forests as we explore the connection between literacy and life science and how to integrate them to meet standards for grades K-8. This strand, led by Jen Rude Project Learning Tree facilitator and Twin Lakes Elementary reading teacher, will include a kit of lesson guides, picture books, and exploration items worth $300. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors and include a field trip. Apply at:

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Sign up now. Starts Oct. 25. Outstanding 1-credit professional development opportunity - Idaho Ecosystems with Idaho Pro...
Happy National Forest Products Week!  Please join us in saluting Idaho’s forests and the hard-working people who grow tr...
Next week is National Forest Products Week recognizing the many products that come from our forests, the people who work...
To celebrate National Forest Products Week (the 3rd full week in October) the Idaho Forest Products Commission sponsors ...
FREE, FUN, FAST and FIVE DOLLARS! That's what you'll get when you sign up for this coming Saturday's free 45-minute webi...
This summer,  you might find yourself in a small portion of Idaho's vast forestlands (21.5 million acres of forestlands ...
The Idaho Forest Products Commission recently hosted the Sustainable Forestry Tour for Teachers and Counselors.  It woul...
As you venture out this summer to recreate and have a blast in Idaho's forests, you may ask, 'what kind of tree is that'...
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