09/19/14 – Project Learning Tree Promotes Growing, Teaching and Learning Naturally

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Forestry & Wildlife, News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release September 19, 2014

PROJECT LEARNING TREE
PROMOTES GROWING, TEACHING AND LEARNING NATURALLY

HONOLULU –The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in collaboration with East Honolulu’s Holy Nativity School, announces a free Project Learning Tree (PLT) Pre-K-6 workshop open to all O‘ahu educators. The workshop will take place Sept. 27, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Holy Nativity School in ‘Aina Haina.

“The new relationship we have developed with Holy Nativity School is just one example of our commitment to environmental and community health and wellness through education,”said DOFAW Administrator Lisa Hadway. “We are grateful for partnerships like this to engage in collaborative learning throughout our island home.”

Through Project Learning Tree’s field-tested, teacher-approved activities, participants will engage in hands-on learning they can use in classrooms and with civic clubs and scout troupes. Participants will model activities and learn how students can directly engage with their environment across disciplines while connecting to Common Core State standards.  

Activities providing place-based learning give students a deep appreciation and understanding of natural ecosystems and of their connection to the world, place and culture. Guest speakers include Christy Martin of the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species. The Hawai‘i PLT program always builds in connection to “place”with local resources, including the ‘Ohia Project and invasive species activities from Ho‘ike o Haleakala.

“In support of caring for Island Earth as an adopted school of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Worldwide Voyage of the Hokule‘a, we are happy to sponsor this community professional development opportunity presented by Hawai‘i Project Learning Tree and DOFAW,”stated Timothy Spurrier, principal of Holy Nativity School.  

Space is limited to 25 participants, so register soon! 

At this FREE workshop participants will receive the award-winning PLT curriculum guide, which contains 96 activities and lessons correlated to Common Core State standards. Holy Nativity School is even providing lunch. Please bring reusable drink container and comfortable clothes.

Registration is available through Sept. 21, 2014 at http://tinyurl.com/m4qh25u. To find out more about PLT before the workshops, visit https://www.plt.org.

 

Media Contact:

Deborah Ward
Public Information Specialist
(808) 587-0320