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Colorado State Forest Service Project Learning Tree

Contact Information


Shawna Crocker
15240 S. Golden Rd.
Golden, CO 80401

Phone: (303) 278-8822

General Information

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Type of Organization: Community Agency
Organization is best described as: Non-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 40 years
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Content Curriculum Programs
Professional Development
21st Century Skills
Specific Content Area :
science based interdisciplinary environmental education

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

Cherry Creek Public Schools Mary C. Johnson.CCSD Extended Child Services,Resource Specialist,720-886-8034
Telluride ''
Fairplay, CO:Park County RE-2 School District, Lori Slifka;MS/SPHS Science Teacher;,719-836-4406

St. Columba school, Durango, CO Kevin Chick, principal; <>

Recent References:

Cherry Creek Public Schools: Mary C. Johnson.CCSD Extended Child Services,Resource Specialist,720-886-8034

Metropolitan State University of Denver: Mary Heuwinkel, Ed.D. Elementary Education

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

Project Learning Tree is found in all states; State Coordinators work for universtiies, extension agencies, environmental education associations, forestry organizatons. These may be found at

Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

Project Learning Tree (PLT)has been a leader in science and inquiry-based interdiscipliary environmental education for 40 years in all states and many other countries. It has won many national and international awards. Colorado State Forest Service hosts PLT in Colorado because it supports our mission of helping citizens understand and work to steward health forest ecosystems for the benefit of all. CSFS is a division of Colorado State University.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

Instructors/PD facilitators are all college graduates; most have degrees in education or natural resources. All have attended ongoing training in content, education practices, and facilitation/presentation practices conducted or arranged by the state PLT coordinator or CSFS staff.


Costs vary. Average 8 hour workshop fee is $35 which includes all materials, including an activity guide book with gradelevel specific activities and is updated each year. Workshop length varies from 4 hours to 60 hours.

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

Project Learning Tree has teacher generated and tested activities that address a wide variety of topics, skills, technologies, and academic standards. We tailor professional development workshops to specific grades, subject areas, skills (21st century or other) and issues. Students are taught how to think, not what to think, and to apply this knowledge to relevant siturations and projects in their communities.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

We will work with the school or district to develop our training agendas that addresses their current academic needs; we will evaluate our success by the reported successes of students as reported by the teachers.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

Regardless of the number of students in the district, we offer professional development training for educators in natural science and natural resource content and pedagogy, with focus on how to effectively utilize the well designed and continuously updated "hallmark" activity guide and activities. We bring knowledge and resources in relevant topics from foresters, researcher and ecologists from CSFS and CSU.

500-1000 Students:

see above

1000+ Students:

see above

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