By Wendy Osher
Educators on Maui are invited to participate in the upcoming Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshop on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The 2011 PLT workshops focus on forest values in honor of the United Nations’ Designation of 2011 as International Year of Forests.
The award-winning free workshop provides educators with the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues, learn about Hawai‘i’s unique natural resources from local scientists, and get free educational resources. The materials can be adapted to various audiences, from pre-K to 12th grade students, Scout troops, special education classes, and community groups.
Participants receive the PLT K-8 curriculum guide, that correlates to National Content Standards. To make content more relevant to Hawai‘i’s students, facilitators will highlight how to connect PLT with Hawai‘i-specific resources, including the ‘Ohi‘a Project and Ho‘ike o Haleakala.
The program is made possible through the state Department of Land and Natural Resources in partnership with the Maui Nui Botanical Garden, U.S. Forest Service, and the American Forest Foundation.
The Maui PLT workshop will take place on June 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului. The registration deadline is June 3. Space is limited.
To learn more about the workshops and to register, visit http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/PLT/2011 or contact Melissa Kolonie at Melissa.J.Kolonie@hawaii.gov.