Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver
NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs  
Seeds Title Bar
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
DEP Home | About DEP | Index by Topic | Programs/Units | DEP Online 

Places We Live Title

Project Learning Tree (PLT), now offers supplementary education materials for secondary students to develop their sense of place and provide opportunities for community investigations that focus on environmental, social and economic issues. PLTís Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live connects students to the places they live so they will care about and influence the decisions being made about those places.

Places We Live is an interdisciplinary, supplemental curriculum designed for formal and non-formal educators working with students in grades 9-12, but can be easily adapted for adult or middle school audiences. The activities address concepts in social studies, geography, civics, language arts, health, and science. Activities are correlated to national education standards in social studies and science.

Project Learning Tree is sponsored in New Jersey by the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry. For more information about PLT's Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live, go to

  • Educators can obtain a copy of PLTís Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live module by attending one of the professional development workshops offered throughout the state.

  • Eight inquiry-based activities involve students with exploring their own neighborhoods, learning about their communityís development and appearance through time, and participating in local community action projects.

  • Sample activities, including a New Jersey case-study, can be found at

Places We Live Book Cover Target Audience(s)
Instructors of secondary and adult education

Additional Information
Lindsay A. Harrington, PLT NJ Coordinator
DEP, Forest Resource Education Center
370 East Veterans Highway
Jackson, New Jersey 08527
Phone: 732-833-9816
Fax: 732-928-8472
Project Learning Tree Workshop Calendar
teachnjenv: Environmental Education "Projects" Homepage