Teaching Youth and Communities About Forests

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Course information

Use PLT’s outdoor, hands-on activities to teach adults and youth HOW to think, not WHAT to think about sustainable forestry, natural resources management, and the environment. This self-paced online course, curated by PLT, consists of 7 coursels plus online access to PLT’s Environmental Education Activity Guide complete with 96 activities, and three bonus activities. Use PLT’s popular activities, such as Every Tree for itself, How Big is Your Tree, and BONUS Activities, including Forest to Faucet, 100 Acre Wood, and Global Invaders, to engage your audience in learning about trees and forests, forest product certification, tree lifecycles, benefits of renewable resources, invasive species, and more. As part of the online short course, interactive learning experiences demonstrate select PLT activities with simulations and video. Lesson planning exercises help you plan how to facilitate activities with youth and adult audiences in your own setting.

Is this course for you?

This course is intended for foresters and natural resource professionals, and anyone looking for another way to effectively convey forest conservation topics to diverse audiences including critical stakeholders. You don’t need to have an education background to use PLT. No prior knowledge or teaching experience required. As a forester and natural resource professional, you are innately an educator to colleagues, clients, customers, decision makers, and the next generation.

Open registration

Registration is rolling enrollment starting October 21, 2019.


Member: $49

Non-member: $79

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Course start date

Get started immediately! Course content will be accessible starting October 21, 2019.

Course access 

Course access will remain open unless notified otherwise.

Course pace

This course is self-paced with an expected completion time frame of 4 hours. Each coursel (a.k.a. module) is a 30-45-minute learning experience. This course must be completed in sequence and each presentation must be viewed in entirety to progress to the next section. Once a section is complete, you can return to the previous section. 

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this short course, you will be able to:

1. Incorporate easy-to-do PLT activities into your outreach and education efforts.
2. Adapt PLT activities for your audience and context to suit and engage participants.
3. Connect to resources such as relevant online tools and supplemental content, and to PLT in your state.


Successful completion of the course is measured by completing each coursel (a.k.a. module). You have unlimited viewings during the open access period of this short course. 

Course Evaluation

Participant feedback is appreciated to help the course curators and subject matter experts continually improve the course for future participants.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will earn 4.0 CFEs in Category 2. CFEs will automatically be added to your CFE record located on www.eforester.org.


Upon successful completion of this course and course evaluation, participants may download and print a certificate verifying completion of the course and earning CFEs. CFEs will be uploaded to participant CFE records by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET).

Get Started or Return to Place in Course

Once you are registered for the course, access this course within your MY DASHBOARD. You can pause at any point during the course and you can return right where you last left off. Simply select the presentation you were last viewing and you will be prompted to select if you wish to start where you left off. For additional tips for success, watch the Course Tutorial Video preceding the Welcome Presentation. Note: this course uses pop-up windows so be sure to enable pop-up windows on your browser.

Course Resources

Additional course resources are available within the Resources tab and within the Contents tab course sections.

Need Help?

For ForestEd questions, visit FAQs, email ForestEdSupport@safnet.org, or watch the Course Tutorial within the Contents tab. For questions about this course's content email aleirner@plt.org. For technical assistance email ForestEdSupport@safnet.org.


This is a non-refundable item. Please view FAQs for additional information.


Course Tutorial - Tips for Success
Open to view video.
Open to view video. View this tutorial to help orient yourself to learning on ForestEd. Please note that this course has pop-up windows. Be sure to enable pop-ups in your browser. For optimal course experience, use Chrome for your browser.
Welcome Letter
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Open to download resource.
Participant PLT Registration
Select the "Complete Participant PLT Registration" button to begin.
Select the "Complete Participant PLT Registration" button to begin. Please complete this registration questionnaire. This information helps PLT to better understand who its learning and PLT facilitating audience is.
Welcome to PLT!
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This is an overview of PLT to help set the foundation for this course.
Getting Oriented with the Guide
PLT K-8 Activity Guide
Select the "View Activity Guide" button to begin.
Select the "View Activity Guide" button to begin. View the activity guide as you work through the course. Please note that only registered individuals of PLT in person and online workshops may access the activity guide.
Hike Through the Guide
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
PLT Activities
Every Tree for Itself
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
How Big is Your Tree
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
A Path Forward
A Path Forward
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
BONUS Activities!
Forest to Faucet
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This activity is an effective resource to help you convey and even help your stakeholders understand their community's reliance on forests for water.
Global Invaders
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This activity serves as a resource to help your stakeholders recognize the varying implications of invasive species.
If You Were the Boss
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This activity serves as a resource to help your stakeholders think like a forester - making informed sound forest management decisions while addressing a variety of needs.
Evaluation and Continuing Forestry Education credits
Course Evaluation
6 Questions
6 Questions Congratulations on completing this online course! Please complete the course evaluation to help inform continuous improvement of the course. Upon completion you will have access to your certificate and earn your CFEs.
Certificate and CFEs
4.00 CAT2 credits  |  Certificate available
4.00 CAT2 credits  |  Certificate available The CFEs you earned will be uploaded to your SAF CFE record by the end of the day. Download (print or save) your certificate for your records.