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Today's youth are tomorrow's citizens; their voices, votes, and values will determine the future of our trees and forests.

A disconnect from our natural environment is developing in Americans, especially in children. Children lack a sense of awareness of the natural world, largely because they do not get out to experience it as much as children once did. The reasons are many, but one of the most important is that children today spend more time indoors watching television, playing video games, and otherwise using electronic media.

Americans also face a changing economy and environmental challenges around energy, water, and the use of natural resources upon which we depend for our health and well-being.  Environmental education is vital to prepare students for the jobs of the future and to help them understand the role that healthy natural resources play in our economy.  

The I&E Program uses Project Learning Tree (PLT), which is widely recognized as one of the premier environmental education programs in the world, to reach K-12 and university pre-service students and educators. Environmental education is a process that increases the learner's awareness and knowledge about the environment and related issues.  Visit their web site for all the details at:

The PLT goals are to develop the necessary skills and expertise to address issues, and foster attitudes, motivations, and commitments to make informed decisions and take responsible action. 

Environmental learning is teachers with PLT lesson plans that use trees as a "window on the world" of natural and built environments.  

PLT teaches students how to think, not what to think about the environment.

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The NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the provision of/or sponsorship of educational programs.

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