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2013 Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2013 Teaching and Fellowship Award Winners! The applications this year were full of passion and commitment in teaching environmental and sustainability education, connecting outdoor and experiential learning with students' questions and theories. We thank all applicants for their enthusiasm and dedication to the environment, and congratulate our winners this year!
Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education

Grand Prize Winners:
Olivier St-Hilaire & Kimberly Clark
Herb Campbell Public School, Caledon

Runners Up:
Marcia McVean
Equinox Public School, Toronto

Michele Storrar
Sacred Heart Catholic School, Algonquin and Lakeshore

Dr. David Suzuki Fellowship Award

Sean Magee
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Paul Tucker
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

 Our website will include bios of each of our winners and their incredible work in environmental education. Read more!

Examples & Inspirations

Are you wondering what a Knowledge Building Circle looks and sounds like? Or how outdoor education looks in the early years? We have recently added to our 'Inspirations' page of our website, uploading new videos to our 'Inquiry in Action' video series. Watch a Grade 4 KB circle about the class' study of water and the questions the students generated on the topic. The circle is an opportunity for students to share their thinking and develop theories, building and extending their thinking. In our outdoor kindergarten video, filmed on a site visit to Tawingo College in Huntsville, the integration of outdoor learning with the natural progression of child development highlights the benefits of outdoor play. We continue to visit classrooms and collect videos and stories to inspire teachers and show educators what is possible in education - through environmental education, through shared learning, through outdoor play! (Visit our Inspirations page.)

Eco Parent Village

Website Resource

Meet the Greens is a child-friendly website about the environment and sustainability. Students can watch episodes related to conserving, reducing, and living green, and play interactive games. There are activities that can be done at school or at home, and even a carbon footprint calculator! Providing accessible information and facts about our planet and ecological awareness, this website is sure to be a great opportunity for engagement and discussion.

"....if we want children to become environmental stewards, then one of the best things we can do is let them play in natural settings."

David Sobel, Children and Nature: Design Principles for Educators, 2008
Natural Curiosity: Building Children's Understanding of the World Through Environmental Inquiry
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