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SC PLT Environmental Education Centers

Established in 2018, the South Carolina PLT Environmental Education Center Program is an initiative that has helped increase PLT’s outreach and visibility across the state. A SC PLT Environmental Education (EE) Center is a special designation for museums, parks, science centers, and other education centers that have partnered with SC Project Learning Tree. These five centers host at least one PLT professional development (PD) event annually on site, which are often free and open-to-the-public. Each center has three “Tree Trunks” full of materials to lead a variety of PLT activities. These educational kits are available to loan, free of charge, to anyone who has attended a PLT training.

Each center has a designated Center Coordinator, who is an active PLT Facilitator that assists with planning and leading the annual PLT training. If you are interested in loaning a Tree Trunk, attending a PLT PD event, or having a SC PLT EE Center host a PLT training for your group, please contact your local PLT EE Center Coordinator.

Tree Trunks

Tree Trunk material

The SC PLT EE Center Tree Trunks are located at each of the five SC PLT EE Centers. Each center has three Tree Trunks full of PLT resources and activity supplies for educators to use with their students. The Trees & Me trunk has materials to lead activities from the Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children activity guide, which is for ages 1-6.  The K-8 trunk has activity supplies from the Explore Your Environment: K-8 activity guide. The Secondary trunk is geared towards middle and high school students and has resources for the Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests and the Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers activity guides.

There is no charge to loan a Tree Trunk and they are available to anyone who has participated in a Project Learning Tree PD event. Tree Trunks must be rented in their entirety, and individual activity supplies cannot be borrowed on their own, unless specified by the Center Coordinator. Please view the links below for a  detailed list of supplies and suggested activities/experiences for each trunk. If you are interested in borrowing a Tree Trunk, please fill out the Tree Trunk Request Form below and send it to your local EE Center Coordinator. The coordinator can answer any questions you have about this process.

For more information about the SC PLT Environmental Education Centers, please contact Assistant SC PLT Coordinator Beth Foley at bfoley@scfc.gov or (803) 896-8855.

SC PLT EE Center Locations

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Gillian Taylor
Park Interpreter
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
(843) 852-4200
gctaylor@scprt.com
Harbison State Forest Environmental Education Center
Beth Foley
Assistant Conservation Education Coordinator
SC Forestry Commission
(803) 896-8855
bfoley@scfc.gov
Hobcaw Barony logoHobcaw Barony Discovery Center
Sara Beth Freytag
Coordinator of Children and Youth Education
(843) 904-9291
sarabeth@hobcawbarony.org
RMSC-Logo-BadgeRoper Mountain Science Center
Carrie Whitlock
Instructor
(864) 650-3518
carrie.whitlock@gmail.com
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Kimberly Fickling
Program Director; STEP/BEEP
(803) 641-3769
kimberlyf@usca.edu