PLT Family Activities


graphic: Image of Activity 23, falling log

A collection of activities from Project Learning Tree (PLT) for families to use while taking walks through your neighborhood, at the cabin or on a camping trip.

Activity 13: We All Need Trees pdf

Children are often surprised to learn how many different products we get from trees. Use this activity to help children learn just how much we depend on trees in our daily lives.

Activity 21: Adopt a Tree pdf
In this activity, children "adopt" a tree, deepening their awareness of individual trees over time and encouraging a greater understanding and appreciation of their local environment.

Activity 22: Trees as Habitats pdf
From their leafy branches to their tangled roots, trees provide a habitat for a host of plants and animals. In this activity, children will inventory the plants and animals that live in, on, and around trees and discover how plants and animals depend on trees in many ways.

Activity 23: The Fallen Log pdf
It's amazing how many things live in and on rotting logs. In this activity, kids become familiar with some of those organisms by observing fallen logs. They'll gain an understanding of how decomposition takes place and a better appreciation for microhabitats and communities.

Activity 64: Looking at Leaves pdf
In this activity, children will take a closer look at leaves and find out more about leaf characteristics and how leaves can be used to identify plants.

Activity 65: Bursting Buds pdf
In early spring, the tiny, bright green leaves of many trees burst forth. Where do the leaves come from? How do they form? In this activity, children will find the answers to these questions through observation and research.

Activity 76: Tree Cookies pdf
One way to learn about tree growth is to look at annual rings. Tree rings show patterns of change in a tree's life as well as changes in the area where it grows. In this activity, you can trace environmental and historical changes using a cross section of a tree, or "tree cookie."

Activity 78: Signs of Fall pdf
In this activity, children look for signs of autumn. They observe the annual change of seasons, and investigate why leaves of deciduous trees change color in the fall.

Activity 79: Tree Lifecycle pdf
In this activity, students will discover that trees have a lifecycle that is similar to that of other living things.