FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2008

CONTACT: Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


“Project Learning Tree” Teacher-Training Workshop
At Trailside Nature & Science Center, March 13

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present

“Project Learning Tree” – a teacher-training workshop
for adults ages 18 and older
at Trailside Nature and Science Center
on Thursday, March 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning broad-based environmental education program that provides teachers with the tools to help students learn how to think, not what to think. It incorporates a variety of learning styles while developing skills in critical and creative thinking. Using the forest as a “window” into the natural world, PLT helps young people gain awareness of the environment and their place within it.

“Knowledge of environmental issues is critically important today and we are pleased to be part of the education process,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada.

Whether you are a formal or informal educator, PLT activities will engage your students in interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that can help them develop skills in problem solving, evaluation and research. Participants will receive the PLT guide with over 100 lessons included. Participants receive six NJDOE professional development credits.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop and space is limited. The fee is $10 per person and includes the Project Learning Tree curriculum and activity guide. Light refreshments will be served during morning registration. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Wear appropriate comfortable clothing for indoor and possible outdoor activity.

For information about the Project Learning Tree teacher-training workshop or other upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at

Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.