Yellow River
Trees for Kids

The Trees for Kids/Trees for Teens grant program serves to educate K-12 and college students throughout Iowa about the importance of trees through tree planting events at public and private schools, as well as on public grounds such as municipal parks and right-of-ways. Grant recipients are awarded $1,000-$5,000 per project to purchase trees and mulch from Iowa nurseries. Each event is attended by a DNR staff person who provides a demonstration on proper planting, mulching, and watering to all participants before planting begins, as well as offers ongoing guidance and supervision throughout the event. Grants are awarded each spring and fall. The deadline for spring applications is March 1st, and the deadline for fall applications is September 1st. The most current grant application and instruction materials can be accessed below:

Trees for Kids Grant Application
Trees for Kids Grant Application

Trees for Kids Application Instructions
Trees for Kids Nursery Notification and Specifications


Trees for Kids is administered by Iowa DNR and funded by Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy Company, Black Hills Energy, ITC Holdings Corporation, Trees Forever, Iowa Tree Farm Committee, and Iowa Woodland Owners Association. For more information please contact the program coordinator, at (515) 725-8456.


Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program for K-12 students that teaches about trees, forestry, the interrelationships between organisms and their environment, and other ecological concepts. Over 10,000 Iowa educators and youth leaders have participated in PLT workshops throughout the program's history. For more information, or to sign up for a workshop, please visit the PLT Homepage.

Sample PLT Activities:
Charting Diversity
Field, Forest, and Stream
Web of Life

Suggested Activity Lists
Early Grades (K-4) Suggested Activity by Activity
Early Grades (K-4) Suggested Activity by Social Studies Standard
Early Grades (K-4) Suggested Activity by Science Standard
Middle Grades (5-8) Suggested Activity by Activity
Middle Grades (5-8) Suggested Activity by Science Standard
Middle Grades (5-8) Suggested Activity by Social Studies Standard
Secondary (9-12) Suggested Activity by Activity
Secondary (9-12) Suggested Activity by Social Studies Standard
Secondary (9-12) Suggested Activity by Science Standard


PLT Secondary Modules

PLT secondary environmental education modules meet common components of national education reform by using the constructivist approach to learning, whole language teaching, cooperative learning, problem solving, and authentic assessments. The modules are intended for grades 9-12 but can be adapted for older audiences as well.

Available on-line:
Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity
Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk - Biotechnology

Modules in print:
Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests
Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste
Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk
Global Connections: Forests of the World
Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live

Exploring Iowa’s Natural Resources blog
Learn fun ways to incorporate natural resources into your classroom. A different environmental topic is featured each week.


Forest News
Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, this guide is designed for educators who work with children ages 3 to 6. It offers over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. An accompanying CD features music from children's musician Billy B. Brennan that encourages children to sing, dance, and move.

Activities adhere to the guidelines set forth in the national standards for early childhood education – NAEYC Criteria for Curriculum, Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and the NAAEE Early Childhood Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence. Additional correlations have been drafted to Iowa Early Childhood program and curriculum standards – Quality Preschool Program Standards, Iowa Early Learning Standards, and the Iowa Core Curriculum.

Contact: (515)725-8456

    This folder is empty