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    May 25
    Four new June Webinars Added - Register today!
    TDSB EcoSchools & OISE ESE Webinars
    Thanks to everyone who has attended the May ESE webinars hosted by OISE ESE and TDSB EcoSchools! We have two more events in this final week of May before heading into a new month! View details on our June events under the "Events" tab on the ESE Website and register in advance using the Zoom link provided in each event's description (or click the attached TDSB EcoSchools link to view all events and register for upcoming ones).
    NOTE: OISE Students who want the webinars added to their OISE Co-Curricular Record (CCR) should ALSO register for each event on the Student Services website
    June Webinar Topics:
    Eco-teaching & E-Learning - Part 2
    Supporting Outdoor Play and Learning in Schools & at Home - Part 1
    Sustainable Happiness & Teacher Well-Being
    Supporting Outdoor Play and Learning in Schools & at Home - Part 2
    Missed out? View past webinar recordings here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/ecoschools/EcoSchools-Home/Environmental-Education-Webinars
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    May 01
    Missed an OISE & TDSB EcoSchools Webinar? View recordings on the TDSB's New Webpage!
    Thanks to everyone who joined in for any of the April ESE webinars hosted by OISE ESE and TDSB EcoSchools! If you missed out, you can catch up on any of the four webinars by viewing the online recordings at
    April webinar topics:
    -Self-care and Earth Care;
    -Eco-Teaching & E-Learning;
    -Integrating Learning Through Nature Journaling Part 1;
    -Taking Math Online and Outside)
    A new webinar will be hosted live every week in May and into June. View details on our May events under the "Events" tab on the ESE Website and register in advance using the Zoom link provided in each event's description.
    NOTE: OISE Students who want the webinars added to their OISE Co-Curricular Record (CCR) should ALSO register for each event on the Student Services website
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    March 03
    Next Steps - Climate Action at OISE
    Friday March 27, 2020
    Thanks to all who attended OISE's Climate Action Summit in January (see more about this past event on the OISE ESE website under ESE in Practice - OISE Climate Action Summit) to help create a set of recommendations to support our organization respond to the climate crisis. At this Summit we collected a rich and diverse set of ideas to inform a set of recommendations and the development of a Climate Action Plan for the Dean's office. While an initial sorting of these ideas has taken place, we would like input from the OISE community to prioritize these into key recommendations for the Dean.
    All members of the OISE community (faculty, staff and students from all departments) are invited to participate in a further discussion session on Friday, March 27, 2020 (9:30am-12pm). Registration is free but spaces are limited so please register early! Register online at https://oiseclimateaction.eventbrite.com/
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    February 28
    ECOLINKS 2020
    High Park Nature Centre, Toronto Friday May 22, 2020
    Explore the possibilities for environmental education
    Registration for EcoLinks 2020 is now open! Get inspired with interactive, hands-on multidisciplinary workshops designed by educators, for educators. Environmental education is continually expanding in its scope. In order to address this and help educators stay current, conference workshops are curated to support themes identified as important to furthering environmental education and building capacity between Ontario educators.
    This year's themes include:
    1) Indigenous perspectives & environmental education
    2) Arts-based nature education
    3) Champions of change: shifting school culture
    4) Gardening as pedagogy
    5) Global citizenship and climate justice
    6) Environmental education, mental health & mindfulness
    Conference fees include access to all workshops, refreshments, lunch, and membership to OSEE for one year. Students and retirees qualify for a discounted rate.
    Registration is open at https://home.osee.ca/ecolinks-conference/ecolinks-2020/
    Visit www.osee.ca to learn more about the conference and for workshop
    OSEE (the Ontario Society for Environmental Education) is the subject association for environmental education recognized by the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Teachers Federation.
    The EcoLinks conference is open to everyone! Content is curated for all formal &
    non-formal educators across all subjects, students, and anyone with a stake in
    environmental education.
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    February 04
    Follow Up on the OISE Climate Action Summit
    Thanks to all who attended the Climate Action Summit last week - what a great event! There were many innovative ideas put forward by those in attendance, however we know that many OISE community members were not able to attend in person. In order to ensure that everyone from our community can be involved, an online survey has been prepared for those who would still like to contribute ideas to the development of a Climate Action Plan for OISE. To ensure that your ideas build on what is already taking place at OISE in relation to sustainability, please read a background document on this topic before completing the Climate Action Survey. The survey is found at http://tiny.cc/OISEclimatesurvey and the background document is found at http://tiny.cc/backgrounddoc . The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, February 21, 2020.
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    January 17
    Join us for the first-ever OISE Climate Summit
    Jan 31st, 9am-12pm
    In response to the growing climate crisis, please join us at the OISE Climate Action Summit on Friday January 31, 2020 from 9am-12noon in the OISE Library. All OISE staff, students and faculty are invited and welcome to participate!

    Sponsored by the Dean's Office, this roundtable event is an opportunity to draw on the knowledge, skills, and expertise of our community to identify ways to shift curriculum, programs, operations, culture and outreach towards an environmentally sustainable OISE-an important goal in our Academic Plan.

    A team from the CTL Climate Action Working Group will facilitate this event, encouraging participants to work collaboratively on a set of recommendations to inform an OISE-specific Climate Action Plan.

    As spaces are limited, registration for this event is required. RSVP at: https://oiseclimatesummit.eventbrite.com/ (Please join the waitlist if full so that you can be sent an online survey for your feedback.)
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    December 10, 2019
    NOW OPEN: Call for Conference Presentation Proposals for EECOM 2020 (Oct 21-24, 2020)
    Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
    The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication
    is excited to be bring its annual conference to Toronto in 2020! The focus is on Urban Environmental Education - with most of the world's population living in urban areas, helping citizens understand their impact on the environments in which they live is key to making cities more sustainable and livable. This conference is well-timed to address growing concerns about the climate crisis by focusing on four central themes: City as Classroom; Indigenous Education; EcoJustice Education; and Water Education. We invite proposals which fit within these broad themes, as well as those that connect these themes to leadership-building, environmental communication, climate action, and policy issues in regards to Urban Environmental Education. The conference aims to equip educators at all levels in school and community settings with the knowledge and skills they need to help learners and communities make shifts towards ecojustice and environmental sustainability.

    This national EECOM conference, called Exploring the Nature of Cities, is taking place October 21-24, 2020, in the heart of Toronto, on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. It is being offered in partnership EcoSchools Canada, the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, and the TDSB's Sustainability Office. We are currently inviting proposals for presentations, sessions, workshops, outdoor learning opportunities and other facilitated learning opportunities at the EECOM 2020 Conference. Information about submitting a proposal is found here: https://ecoschools.ca/eecom/call-for-proposals/
    The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2020.

    Want more information about the conference? Visit https://ecoschools.ca/eecom We look forward to welcoming you to EECOM in Toronto next October!
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    November 05, 2019
    Upcoming Target Climate Event at Willowdale
    Nov. 28, 6L30-8:30pm : Toronto has recently declared a climate emergency and the Class of 8E at Cummer Valley Middle School (CVMS) has realized that communities need to create coordinated community action to address this issue. In light of this, our school will be hosting a community networking event to link community members to resources and expertise on the climate crisis. Target Climate - Willowdale Thursday, November 28, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Cummer Valley Middle School, 70 Maxome Avenue, Willowdale Please register for the free event
    For more information please email: targetclimatewillowdale@gmail.com

    In order to preserve the environment, please come to the event with your own reusable drinking container.
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    October 14, 2019
    Take Me Outside Day
    Oct. 23, 2019
    Join teachers and students across Canada to help raise awareness about the importance of regular outdoor time!
    It's time to get outside Canada! We are a nation known for outdoor pursuits and having one of the best backyards in the world, but the reality is we are spending less and less time outside, including younger generations. That's concerning on so many levels, not least because it's taking a toll on our health and well-being.
    Take Me Outside Day is a reminder to do just that. It's an invitation to schools to extend the classroom beyond four walls and a desk and engage with school grounds and natural areas. This year, Take Me Outside Day will take place on October 23rd.
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    October 09, 2019
    Planet in Focus Film Festival
    Oct. 15-20, 2019
    Now in our 20th year, Planet in Focus is an environmental media arts organization with year-round programming. Our mandate is to produce cultural events that showcase engaging and artistic films that question, explore and tell stories about the world in which we live. We use film as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and engagement on a broad range of environmental issues.
    Our goal is to enlighten, engage and entertain audiences of all backgrounds - through film.
    Please visit https://planetinfocus.org for full schedule, tickets and events!
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    October 08, 2019
    NEW! "Urban Environmental Education" online course
    Cornell University, Nov 5 - Dec 10, 2019
    Everybody is welcome to join this course! Urban environmental education includes any learning practices that foster individual and community well-being and environmental quality in cities. You will learn about the urban context, theoretical background, educational settings, participants, and effective educational approaches of urban environmental education. This course provides outstanding course materials, webinars, and networking with peers from around the world. Learn with us!
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    September 30, 2019
    Secondary Tree Planting Opportunity
    Youth aged 14-17 can earn volunteer hours!
    Through the Greening TO Grounds program, Girls Can Too and Conservation Youth Corps volunteers can participate in a series of tree and shrub planting projects across Toronto to help support senior communities. Students are eligible to receive volunteer hours for their participation. Events will be held October 6th, 19th, and 27th. For more information or to register visit trca.ca/girlscantoo

    Please contact Stephanie Parish at Stephanie.Parish@trca.ca for any questions or to learn more.
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    September 19, 2019
    U of T Urban Agriculture Tour
    Sept. 19, 5:30-7:30pm
    Join Dig In! Campus Agriculture, Sky Garden, and the Trinity College Rooftop Garden for our annual Urban Agriculture Week tour!
    This tour will showcase several community gardens across the University of Toronto St. George Campus. The tour will end with a meal at St. Hilda's, courtesy of the Trinity College Rooftop Garden.
    SPACE IS LIMITED SO PLEASE REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE HERE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-agriculture-tour-tickets-70553295807
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    September 17, 2019
    FridaysforFuture Global Strike for Climate Justice
    Sept. 27th, 2019
    On September 27th, Toronto will see its' biggest strike and march for climate justice. It is hosted by Fridays For Future Toronto, who invites adults to join youth strikers in solidarity, and is backed by the S27 Coalition, a diverse group of activists, union members and individuals just like yourself.
    The S27 Coalition is a self-organizing group headed up by Climate Justice TO and includes individuals representing Parents for Future; Climate Fast; Indigenous Climate Action; Toronto Environment Alliance; Toronto350; XR Toronto; Rising Tide Toronto; People's Climate Movement; Greenpeace; David Suzuki Foundation; The LEAP; Toronto & York Region Labour Council and union members; TTC Riders; $15 and Fairness; Artists for Real Climate Action; and others
    We want the world to no longer be able to keep going, there is no more business as usual because this is a climate crisis.
    Set up for buses and sound system: 10 to 11
    11 - Rally at Queen's Park
    12 - March Down University and then back up on Bay to Queens Park.
    Follow by a concert for climate justice.
    Official demands for the strike can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GAF-G2Fhj0Usn95Z5fQIyk4dfJR4zi8wp04FLyxtFLg/edit?usp=sharing
    We need your help! If you can be a marshal for the day, even with no prior experience, please sign up here:
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    September 16, 2019
    FridaysforFuture Youth Rally and Teach-in
    Friday, September 20th. 12:00pm - 3:00pm.
    Calling all principals, teachers, parents, and students!
    Here is a wonderful opportunity for a field trip early in the year for students in Gr. 6 - 12 who are interested in the environment, leadership, and climate change!
    Together on Friday, September 20th, we will help young people tap into their voice and gain confidence and skills for communicating about climate change.
    Youth, parents, teachers, politicians, and all people concerned for the climate are invited to gather together on Friday, September 20th, a global day of action for the climate, to take part in a giant teach-in. Youth will interact with experienced facilitators to learn how to talk to parents, teachers, and politicians about the climate crisis, how to encourage action and be an advocate for the planet to help steer us toward a safe and sustainable future.
    Activities of the day will empower participants to:
    Always keep an open mind
    Engage in problem-solving/solutions thinking
    Communicate feelings and emotions about climate change
    Communicate ideas and asks for climate action.
    Where: The Lawn in front of Hart House, University of Toronto. Inside Hart House Circle. *This event is outdoors!*
    lease contact brianne.whyte@gmail.com if you would like to attend with a group of students, or if you are unable to join us but wish to view a live stream of the days events and receive a teaching resource to facilitate in-class learning.
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    September 16, 2019
    One World, One Ocean Science Conference for Youth
    Sat. Sept. 21, 2019
    As part of Science Literacy Week 2019, the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto is pleased to invite students in grades 5 to 8 to a science conference for youth. The One World, One Ocean Conference will feature a keynote speaker from a university professor, two workshop sessions, and a book exhibition/exchange, as well as a pizza lunch. Topics addressed will include marine ecosystems, ocean pollution, and sea floor mapping.
    Event Time: Saturday, September 21st, 2019; 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
    Event Address: University of Toronto - Downtown St. George Campus, Toronto, ON
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Borrell, Seabird conservation ecologist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ocean Conservancy, University of Toronto
    *The event is $25 per student, lunch included.
    *SPOTS ARE LIMITED. Pre-registration is required. Please register and purchase a ticket here: https://mathplus.math.toronto.edu/secure/register
    *For further information, please contact Teresa Gong at outreach@math.toronto.edu.
    Check out this event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/702016096927634/
    Book Display and Exchange:
    Participants are encouraged to bring a book or magazine on a topic related to oceans, environmental science, or science in general that they have read prior to the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to display their book and exchange it at the conference for another book to bring home. This activity is intended to encourage students to read in the area of science and to reuse resources.