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Upcoming Initiative
Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition  


We have learned that the first edition of Natural Curiosity begins to reflect Indigenous approaches to learning in significant ways. One Anishinaabe Elder – also a retired elementary school teacher – said, after reading the first edition, “I actually cried when I read it. I said to myself, they’re finally starting to get it!”

With support from TD Friends of the Environment, we have been inspired to create a second edition which highlights Indigenous perspectives to a greater and more meaningful extent. We invite educators to begin considering a journey into Environmental Inquiry that is increasingly informed by Indigenous knowledge. For more information please read our promotional package and let us know if you would like to help support this initiative by emailing

Upcoming Inquiry Institutes with 

Who should attend?

Kindergarten and Elementary educators of all grades who wish to explore how authentic inquiry is being applied to address expectations in social studies, science, language and other subjects. 
School administrators and system leaders who wish to support transformative inquiry-based learning. 
What are your actions for a better planet? Share them using the hashtag #BecauseItsRealChallenge, because climate change is real! Small changes make sustainable habits.  Post your actions to our Twitter or Facebook page and we will feature your resolution in our next newsletter. The Lab School's Vice Principal, Chriss Bogert's sustainability resolution is to stop using disposable coffee cups. Haley, Natural Curiosity's Project Lead, has started a green blog on Instagram and Facebook

Award Deadline Extended to April 8th, 2016

Natural Curiosity is excited to continue with online applications for all awards.  Apply today with ease for either the Suzuki or Burtynsky award! 

Natural Curiosity has been featured on the website of The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Check it out here
Jack Layton Award 

Submit your sustainability-related action project to be eligible to win The LSF Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability. The winning school receives $500, and runner-ups receive $250 towards your next sustainability-related action project. Apply or nominate a school for the award today! Deadline is May 13, 2016.
Natural Curiosity: Building Children's Understanding of the World Through Environmental Inquiry
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