Decrease font size Reset font size Increase font size
Environmental and Sustainability Education
  • Item Image
    January 07
    OISE's Podcast series in ESE: Teaching in a Climate Crisis
    Listen now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts
    Teaching in a Climate Crisis is OISE's Podcast series in ESE
    Hosted by voiceEd Radio (, listen to OISE students Yana Lee and Jackson Fowlow as they explore how educators are addressing the climate crisis across Canada by speaking with experts across the country. Available on your favorite listening platforms: Spotify and Apple Podcasts
  • Item Image
    January 07
    (Re)storying Early Childhood Pedagogy on the Land through Two-Eyed Seeing
    Natural Curiosity Webinar - Thurs. Jan. 13, 7-8:30pm EST
    Join us for the first webinar of 2022, (Re)storying Early Childhood Pedagogy on the Land through Two-Eyed Seeing, taking place on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET. We will be joined by Lynn Short (Environmental Stewardship Coordinator and Indigenous Education Specialist, Humber Arboretum) and Louise Zimanyi (Professor of Early Childhood Education, Humber College) co-leading on Two-Eyed Land-Based Play and Co-Learning at Humber College, and the 2019 winners of Natural Curiosity's Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education. Lynn and Louise will discuss how students, educators, children and families co-learn from the land using Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives, grounded in the principles of Etuaptmumk/Two-Eyed Seeing (in the Mi'kmaq language). Learn how inquiry-based learning on the land, deepened by Indigenous perspectives, can support the growth of respectful, reciprocal and responsible relationships with places, plant-life, animals and other-than-human beings for the benefit of all.
    Tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. To increase access we have set contributions on a sliding scale: $5 to $50. Natural Curiosity is a 100% donor-funded program - thank you for supporting our program sustainability. All proceeds from our webinar series help fund our facilitators for their time and work, and the creation of more Natural Curiosity professional learning opportunities.
  • Item Image
    January 05
    Jan 13: TDSB Youth Climate Action Guide: Supporting Youth-led Climate Action in Schools
    Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 4:00pm EST
    How can educators make space for and support youth-led climate inquiry and action that is responsive and sensitive to community needs? What meaningful educational approaches will bolster student agency and empowerment so that students feel they don't need to strike from school in order to address climate change? In this webinar, members of the TDSB's EcoSchools team will explore how educators can use the TDSB's new Youth Climate Action Guide to support students in becoming actively involved in taking equitable climate action that will help slow down climate change and contribute towards achieving the TransformTO targets. Register in advance for this webinar.
  • Item Image
    November 15, 2021
    NEW! Natural Curiosity Self-Guided Learning Series
    Natural Curiosity excited to launch a free, self-guided professional learning program featuring a 5-part instructional video series that provides an introductory exploration of Natural Curiosity's four-branch environmental inquiry framework, deepened by Indigenous perspectives, from the voices of its authors and leading practitioners in the field. Learn more and register today:
  • Item Image
    November 09, 2021
    Natural Curiosity Webinar, Transforming Eco-Anxious Stories into Meaningful Action through Inquiry
    Nov. 16, 7-8:30pm ET
    This webinar, "Transforming Eco-Anxious Stories into Meaningful Action through Inquiry" is taking place on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET. We are honoured to welcome guest speakers Rachel Malena-Chan (Creative Director and co-founder of Eco-Anxious Stories and Story Strategist at Dwell House Communications) and Murray Dee (Grade 6 Teacher, Limestone District School Board). This webinar will explore Murray's inquiry story in Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition, and the importance of restoring student agency in the face of eco-anxiety. Rachel will discuss the power of storytelling and ways to activate stories as a courageous and compassionate response to the ecological crises. This timely conversation will inspire educators, and in turn, their students, to embrace our anxiety about the future and build back with care for ourselves and the land in post-COVID times.
  • Item Image
    October 29, 2021
    TODAY: Trash Talks Social Action Pop-up!
    2-4pm Online: Social Action Pop-Up: Trash Talks!? Date: Friday, October 29th, 2021 (online) Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET Register here: Waste Reduction is an environmental justice issue. On Oct. 29th join special guests from Black Environmental Initiative and UofT's Trash Team to discuss climate change, waste and social justice. How do these issues affect you and how can you make a difference in your everyday life? Social Action Pop-Ups are monthly events where students learn how to take action on a social issue through engaging with community workers, educators and activists working on the ground. At this Social Action Pop-up you will
    Hear from other UofT students passionate about environmental justice
    Learn how to get involved in clubs and groups focusing on climate action
    Have the opportunity to commit to change by participating in the Waste Reduction Challenge that runs Oct. 29th - Nov. 12th (#wrchallengeUofT)
  • Item Image
    October 29, 2021
    Fridays For Future Toronto - Global Day for Climate Justice
    Nov. 6 - 1pm
    Join us in Queen's Park at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 6 for a Global Day for Climate Justice!
    With recent extreme weather events and new promises made by the Federal government, we must hold our leaders accountable at COP26. The time for business as usual and empty promises is over. We need real action at COP26!
    Fridays For Future Toronto is officially endorsing the Nov 6 event! Go to for more information!
    * COVID-19 precautions will be in place and attendees are encouraged to bring snacks, a water bottle, and other zero-waste supplies *
  • Item Image
    October 22, 2021
    Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium - Cutting Carbon in Canada (Nov. 8-11)
    Presented by the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto
    The School of the Environment at the University of Toronto is pleased to present this year's Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium, themed around Cutting Carbon in Canada. Join us from November 8-11 for a multidisciplinary series of free, online events on science, policy, social justice, and system change, aimed at inspiring action on the challenge of getting to zero carbon emissions. More information and registration is available at
  • Item Image
    October 12, 2021
    Annual ESE Conference - Registration Open!
    Climate Courage: Educators Addressing the Climate Crisis
    Sat. November 6, 2021 9am-12:30pmEST
    Educators have bravely risen to the challenges of the pandemic over the last two years; this same courageous response is needed to address the climate crisis. This year's TDSB/OISE EcoSchools conference encourages K-12 educators to renew their courage and commitment to engaging their students in learning about climate change and sustainability, by bringing in a range of inspiring and diverse voices, innovative approaches and teaching strategies for engaging their schools and communities in climate change education. This free online conference takes place Saturday November 6, 202, and is open to TDSB teachers & staff, members of the OISE community, and others in education. It provides professional learning in Environmental & Sustainability Education to inspire educational practice in creating more just, equitable and sustainable communities. For more information about this conference, and to register, please visit our Eventbrite site.
  • Item Image
    August 30, 2021
    COEO Student Representative Positions
    Apply by Sept. 17!
    As part of the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario's continuing efforts to support future and emerging professionals in the field of Outdoor Education, the volunteer position of Student Representative has been established at a number of colleges and universities throughout Ontario. The Student Representative will act as a liaison between COEO and the students in their program, department and/or school. This individual will be responsible for sharing COEO related news and information, along with promoting COEO's line-up of annual events. Students selected to represent the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario at each respective institution will receive a complimentary Student Membership to COEO, including a subscription to the journal Pathways and special discounted rates on COEO conferences and workshops. Through this initiative, the COEO Board of Directors aims to further meet its organizational goals by connecting with the next generation of OE professionals in Ontario. A sub-committee of the COEO Board of Directors will consider each application submitted and then select from those, the candidate(s) to represent each institution.

    Individuals interested in being considered for the one-year term of Student Representative are asked to complete the application found the COEO website (, including a justification of why they feel they are particularly well suited for this role.

  • Item Image
    July 20, 2021
    Exciting New Student Job Opportunity with Natural Curiosity! (JobID 6436)
    Apply by Aug. 3
    JobID: 6436
    Unit: Applied Psychology & Human Development (APHD)
    Supervisor: Jody Chong
    Title Project/Research work: Incorporating Environmental Education into APHD
    Looking for a fabulous student work opportunity? For the first time ever, Natural Curiosity ( is currently hiring a Graduate Assistant (GA) for the academic year beginning September 2021. This GA will help to support the work of a number of APHD-related priorities focused on Teacher Professional Learning in Canadian Environmental Education. This position would support the Natural Curiosity Program at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, and APHD's collaboration with JICS. This position is well-suited for a graduate student who would like to develop skills in program development, implementation and evaluation. These duties will be conducted in relation to professional learning events, communications, and research. There is flexibility in this position to tailor these duties to the interests and strengths of the successful applicant; this work can be done online until the university re-starts its work on campus.
    NOTE: You must be an OISE student in the "Group B" category to be eligible for this position. To learn more and to apply:
    1. Go to
    2. Login with your UTORid or JOINid.
    2. Once you login in, you'll see a list of available GA positions in the Jobs tab (at the bottom of this page you may need to toggle between Jobs and My Jobs). Find this position (JobID: 6436).
    3. Click View/Apply to see the details of the position and follow the instructions to submit your application.
    Applications are due online using the OISE GA Posting System by Aug. 3!
    Questions? Contact Haley Higdon via email -
  • Item Image
    June 17, 2021
    Summer AQ Courses in Environmental Education (Part 1 & 2) at OISE
    Interested in pursuing an Additional Qualification (AQ) in Environmental Education? Sign up for summer AQs at OISE!
    Environmental Education Part 1 - PK12-ESS1
    Environmental education is central to teaching and learning in the 21st century; climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation are all pressing contemporary societal issues that require an educational response. This online course provides an engaging introduction to teaching and learning in environmental education for both elementary and secondary teachers through a combination of lectures, workshops, outdoor and experiential learning, field trips and guest speakers. It offers maximum flexibility for participants' learning needs through a blended digital course format (in-class and on-line hours).
    Environmental Education Part 2 - PK12-ESS2
    Take your learning of environmental education to the next level with this part 2 course. Collaborate with other elementary and secondary teachers to explore the connections between system-thinking, ecojustice, and eco-identity in relation to environmental education. A combination of lectures, workshops, outdoor and experiential learning, field trips and guest speakers will be utilized to further develop participants' knowledge, skills and expertise in program planning and assessment in relation to environmentally-based teaching and learning. It offers maximum flexibility for participants' learning needs through an online blended course format (in-class and on-line hours).
    Questions? Contact OISE's Continuing and Professional Learning:
  • Item Image
    March 04, 2021
    Spring into an AQ in Environmental Education in April!
    Subsidies available for TDSB Teachers!
    Want to take climate action with your students? Looking to connect with other educators dedicated to environmental learning? Join an Additional Qualification course in Environmental Education (EE) at OISE! This online course provides an engaging introduction to teaching and 'learning in, about, and for the environment' for elementary and secondary teachers through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, workshops, guest speakers, and nature-based learning. Each course features 12 modules of collaborative and independent professional learning, access to a rich set of resources, and many opportunities for collaborative learning and networking. The AQ in EE Part 1 is available beginning mid-April; Part 1 and Part 2 will available this summer. Subsidies available for TDSB teachers! Visit OISE's AQ website for dates and registration.
  • Item Image
    February 18, 2021
    2021 Webinar Series by Natural Curiosity
    4-Part Professional Development Series from March - June
    Please see below for a message from Natural Curiosity:
    The Natural Curiosity team has been busy re-working our professional learning offerings this winter to better support the needs of educators this spring. We are excited to announce that we have adapted our year-long online coaching program into a new, 4-part series! Designed in response to the ongoing COVID-realities, this series has a shorter time commitment and discounted pricing compared to our full 10-month coaching program.
    This virtual learning series will bring educators deeper into their own inquiry and ecology of natural curiosity - growing a learning environment where educators and students experience themselves in relationship with the Land and each other in community. Educators will explore the four-branch pedagogical framework of environmental inquiry and the associated Indigenous lenses that present tangible entry points towards a reciprocal relationship with the Land participating as co-teacher. Strategies to overcome barriers will be discussed in a safe and collegial online environment where educators may process experiences, ask questions, and share stories. The workshops will be facilitated by Haley Higdon, Natural Curiosity's Program Manager.
    This series is taking place monthly, from March - June, for 2 hours in the evening. Please visit their link to register.
  • Item Image
    January 27, 2021
    EECOM Conference 2021 - Exploring the Nature of Cities
    Registration Now Open!
    OISE is happy to host EECOM 2021 this spring, Canada's only national Environmental Education conference! For the first time, EECOM 2021 is being offered online from April 21-24, 2021, and welcomes all who are interested in exploring concepts and practices of environmental learning. This year's theme, Urban Environmental Education, focuses on four themes: City as Classroom, Indigenous Education, EcoJustice Education, and Water Education. The conference kicks off with a Research Symposium on April 21, followed by three days of dynamic sessions and workshops. Get inspired with three keynote addresses: an open-access Earth Day kick-off by youth activist Larissa Crawford; a shared talk from Indigenous artists Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch; and a deep-dive into climate justice with Julian Agyeman. In addition to over 100 presenters in 70+ sessions, unique social events will support networking with others passionate about Environmental Education across the country. There's no travel required, so educators, administrators, parents and students (gr. 11+) can fully engage in the conference with minimal environmental impact. Learn more, view the schedule and speakers, and register your spot now at