Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Grado, Stephen C.

Committee Member

Tegt, Jessica L.

Committee Member

Burger, Leslie M.

Committee Member

Schewe, Rebecca L.

Committee Member

Walker, Ryan M.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Forestry


Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an international environmental education (EE) program designed for educators working with children and youth. In Mississippi, roughly 700 educators are trained yearly in using PLT curricula; however, how and if teachers use knowledge gained from these workshops remains unknown. This study addresses the environmental awareness and use of PLT curricula in traditional classroom of primary and secondary teachers in Mississippi. Using PLT participant survey data, individuals trained during the years 2009-2013 were surveyed using Qualtrics Survey Software. Mississippi teachers appear to have ecocentric worldviews, above average environmental knowledge, and have incorporated PLT lessons into their classroom curricula. Teachers’ subject areas appear not to affect their usage of PLT, while motivation for incorporating and attending PLT workshops appears to have minor effects. Results of this study can be used to increase the efficiency of PLT workshops, as well as mitigate barriers to incorporating PLT into classrooms.



Project Learning Tree||environmental education||New Ecological Paradigm||environmental awareness||Mississippi teachers