The Benefits of Projects Learning Tree, WET, WILD and WILD Aquatic
Project activity guides are available to participants through one-day professional development seminars. These interactive workshops are conducted as part of school in-service programs, pre-service education courses, conferences and conventions, summer institutes, specialized workshops and after-school programs. They are offered year-round and fees are minimal. These programs are registered professional development providers with the New Jersey Department of Education.
Project lessons use natural resources (PLT – forest and land, WILD – wildlife and habitats, WILD Aquatic – fresh and saltwater habitats and species, and WET – water resources and water quality) as foundations for involving students with ecology, natural resource management, pollution and other human impacts.
Project lessons are correlated with New Jersey’s revised core curriculum content standards and state science assessment instruments. They are field tested and evaluated regularly by teachers, curriculum specialists, scientists and natural resource experts throughout the United States.
Project activity guides are supplemented with New Jersey-based content information about natural resources and related environmental topics and additional instructional materials are available at cost.
Lessons are interdisciplinary and utilize a multidisciplinary approach for delivery. They address various learning styles and can be adopted to various grades. They also incorporate instructional strategies such as cooperative learning, student-based inquiry and thematic instruction.
Lessons strengthen critical and creative thinking, inquiry and research, and planning and problem-solving skills. Many feature assessment strategies and incorporate the use of community resources and service projects.
Most lessons require minimal preparation, have low or no-cost supply and material needs, and can be used in all types of learning environments.