Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education


​​Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an international award-winning environmental education curriculum focusing on the forest as a "window on the world". PLT teaches not only about trees, but also about land, air, and water to help students understand our complex environment. These lessons help to instill the confidence and commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment. PLT program provides workshops to educators using the hands-on lessons developed by hundreds of educators and environmental experts to bring the natural world into the classroom. Workshops are open to any formal or non-formal educators, pre- and in-service classroom educators, natural resources professionals, naturalists, scout leaders and others interested in environmental education.


Project WILD*

Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students, and is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Michigan Department of Natural Resources houses Project WILD in Michigan, and is training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. 


Flying Wild* 

Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.  Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement and even birding festivals are all outlined in the curriculum guide. Flying WILD Michigan is hosted by MAEOE. For more information visit http://www.flyingwild.org/training/michigan.htm


Leopold Education Project

The LEP was developed mainly for use by teachers, although other educational groups and private citizens can benefit from the materials. One major premise of the LEP is that Leopold’s writings are both sound science and excellent literature, and that they can be used as a springboard for meaningful environmental education. The LEP’s underlying theory on controversial topics is that given a supportive classroom climate to study a variety of positions and viewpoints, students will develop responsible environmental values on their own. Responsible values include the sustaining of natural cycles, the preserving of plant and animal species, and the exercising of caution before changing ecosystems in major ways without careful study of future consequences.
To contact the state coordinator, e-mail Gail Luera grl@umich.edu


Project Wet  

Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
To contact the state coordinator,, e-mail Janet Vail, vailj@gvsu.edu.


Wonders of Water

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands is an instructional guide for educators that provides a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. WOW! includes: over 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide. 


Project FISH 

Project F.I.S.H is an educational program for youth and families sponsored locally by schools, fishing conservation organizations, others interested in fishing and our fisheries.
To contact Project FISH, e-mail Mark Stephens, steph143@msu.edu .


Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support  *

The Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) contains five Michigan-specific units which provide an opportunity for students in grades 4-9 to learn about  Michigan's economy and environment through outstanding, inquiry oriented, data-based lessons in science and social studies.  The units have been field tested by 120 teachers in over 200 Michigan classrooms. The units can be used individually, adopted into a school's multi-year science curricula, or combined to form the basis for an integrated science course. Each low cost MEECS curriculum unit workshop runs from four to six hours. Classroom unit kits are provided at completion of training. For any MEECS related questions  e-mail Tom Occhipinti, OCCHIPINTIT@michigan.gov.​​

​*MAEOE Supported Programs