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Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) Monthly eeNewsletter


An abundance of eeNews this month!

With the arrival of spring, environmental education opportunities are everywhere! If you want to be kept in the loop on events and opportunities in between our monthly updates, please click here to follow us on Facebook and click here to follow us on Twitter. Please send any suggestions or content to share to communications@eecom.org.

If you are not currently an EECOM member, we encourage you to join or renew your membership. EECOM memberships are renewed on an annual basis and EECOM conference registrations include an EECOM annual membership. Click here to join/renew your membership today or click here to register for our 2016 conference.

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2016 Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education
Nominations now open!

The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Awards of Excellence recognize individuals and organizations who have collectively influenced hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens, and helped implement one of EECOM’s key goals – to advance environmental learning, ensuring Canadians are environmentally literate, engaging in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy future. We encourage you to give a deserving colleague or organization a great gift and nominate them for an award! All awards will be announced at the 2016 EECOM National Conference held at the International Peace Garden in Manitoba on August 25th - 28th. Nominations close on May 20.
Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

August 25 - 28, International Peace Garden, Manitoba
Early Bird Conference Fees Available until June 15

We have received a wonderful diversity of presentations and presenters from coast to coast to coast. Our 2016 Conference is taking place in the Heart of the Turtle Mountains in the geographic centre of Turtle Island. For three days you will be able to experience a place without boundaries. Situated on the 49th parallel, the International Peace Garden recognizes no boundaries – a perfect setting to “think outside the box”. Wildflowers, pristine lakes and over one hundred species of songbirds are residents of the Peace Garden. Early bird fees for the first 100 people who register before June 15. Registration includes meals, carbon offsetting, an annual pass at the International Peace Garden and an EECOM membership.
Click here for more information and to register.

Natural Curiosity 
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Natural Curiosity is a resource for educators about Environmental Inquiry that supports educators in making the shift to Environmental Inquiry through a four-branch framework to learning and teaching that includes Inquiry-based Learning, Integrated Learning, Experiential Learning and Stewardship. This four-branch approach elicits students’ natural curiosity about the world and creates a classroom culture of learning that is purposeful, fun, productive, and responsive to students.
Click here for more information, photos and links.

Green Teacher

April 21: Webinar - Transforming School Food

Two presenters will share two different approaches that are currently underway. In the first, we’ll learn about California Thursdays, wherein participating school districts in that state serve locally grown, healthy foods in their cafeteria every Thursday. Following that, we’ll learn about the Slow Cookers for Kids project where a partnership with the culinary arts program at a local community college, teaches grade 7-8 students how to shop and prepare inexpensive, healthy meals. 
Click here to register and for more information.

North American Association for Environmental Education
April 26: Change the Story, Change the World Webinar

Join NAAEE for their 3rd installment of their monthly webinar series: Bringing New Ideas and Innovation to the Field of EE. Expert communications strategist Andy Goodman will speak about the power of storytelling—and how we can change the world by changing our story.
Click here to register and for more information.

Back to Nature Network and Children & Nature Network
April 28: Network Building Webinar Series

We envision a world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives. Like nature, we need to collaborate as diverse peers in a web of support to achieve this vision. This calls for transformation from hierarchy to peers, from conformity to appreciation of differences, and from control to support. Each of these is accelerated by a network approach.
Click here for more information and to register.

Association for Experiential Education 
April 29 - May 1: Northwest Regional Conference 

This conference taking place in Squamish, BC, will offer workshops across a variety of Experiential Education (EE) domains. Including, but not limited to, K-12 teachers, outdoor pursuit instructors, team-building, leadership training, environmental education, and university and college instruction and research.
Click here for more information. 

Green Teacher
May 2: Sustainable Homes & Renewable Energy Education Webinar

Introducing young people to sustainable home design and renewable energy is critical to our collective future. Three co-presenters will present their award-winning strategies of engaging young students and teens in a variety of hands-on projects, such as solar cookers, straw bale houses, and cardboard models of energy-efficient homes.
Click here to register and for more information.

Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE)
May 5-6: Forest Schools & Risky Play Workshops

Alberta Council for Environmental Education, The City of Calgary and Common Digs are pleased to host Marlene Power, founder of Forest School Canada and Executive Director of Child and Nature Alliance of Canada for these two exciting workshops.
Click here to register and for more information.

Canadian College and University Environmental Network
May 12-13: Environmental & Sustainability Conference

This year, educators from coast to coast will be gathering in Halifax to hear from their colleagues about new developments, challenges, and opportunities in post-secondary environmental education.
Click here for more information.

Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) & Natural Curiosity
Spring: Inquiry Institutes

LSF and Natural Curiosity have Inquiry Institutes scheduled across the country over the next 3 months. Workshops focus on seven interrelated strategies to create learning experiences that put students in the driver’s seat to propel their own learning, leading to responsible active citizenship.
Click here for more information and to register. 

Children & Nature Network
May 24-27: International Conference and Cities & Nature Summit

Innovation, collaboration & commitment are the key ingredients for meaningful grassroots change. Join leaders from around the world in Saint Paul to learn, connect & build the future of the children and nature movement.
Click here for more information.

Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE)
June 7-12: CaNOE 2016 Conference - Ocean Optimism

CaNOE is thrilled to announce registration is open for CaNOE’s 2nd Annual Ocean Literacy Conference & AGM! From June 7 to 12 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they invite educators, scientists, communicators, artists, and industry to join the growing network of individuals working to advance ocean literacy in Canada.
Click here for more information and to register. 

Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF)
Summer: Wild Pedagogies

Wild Pedagogies is CWF’s professional learning program for educators that will be taking place in various locations across Canada this summer. This one of a kind experiential learning program blends graduate level studies in education from top professors with travel on the landscape.
Click here for more information and to register.

Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME)
August 14-18: One World - United by Water Conference

Educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals are invited to meet, learn, share, and socialize. This year’s conference will be held at Pearson College in Metchosin, BC (near Victoria). 2016 Call for Presentations is now open.
Click here for more information. 

Natural Start Alliance
August 15-16: Nature-based Preschool Conference 

The Nature-Based Preschool Conference brings professionals together from around the country to advance the movement to use nature to improve early childhood education, and to create a community for this new and growing profession. This year's conference will be held at the Dodge Nature Center and Preschool in the heart of Minnesota's Twin Cities. In addition to sessions, featured speakers, and tours of Dodge Nature Center's Preschool and farm, we'll also take a field trip to local nature-based preschools, which abound in the Twin Cities area.
Click here for more information. 

EECOM
August 25-28: Canadian Environmental Education Conference

We have received a wonderful diversity of presentations and presenters from coast to coast to coast. Our 2016 Conference is taking place in the Heart of the Turtle Mountains in Manitoba in the geographic centre of Turtle Island. For three days you will be able to experience a place without boundaries. Wildflowers, pristine lakes and over one hundred species of songbirds are residents of the Peace Garden. Early bird fees for the first 100 people who register before June 15. Registration includes meals, carbon offsetting, an annual pass at the International Peace Garden and an EECOM annual membership.
Click here for more information.

North American Association for Environmental Education
2016 Fall Conference: From Inspiration to Impact

The 2016 conference will take place in Madison, Wisconsin from October 19-22. This event is designed to promote innovation, networking, learning, and dissemination of best practices.
Click here for more information.

Future Environmental Education Conferences
2017 & Beyond...

For information on future national and international conferences being held in Canada please visit http://eecom.org/events/.

Canadian Museum of Nature
April 22 Deadline: Nature Inspiration Awards

The Nature Inspiration Awards recognize individuals and organizations that, through their work or specific projects, encourage Canadians to take an interest in natural history, create links with nature and contribute to its preservation. One Grand Prize of $5000 to be given by the winner to the programme of his or her choice.
Click here for more information.

Canadian Wildlife Federation
Ongoing Intake: My Parks Pass

Calling all grade 8/secondary 2 teachers in Canada! You can now order your students' 2016-2017 My Parks Passes for all grade 8/secondary 2 students in your school. While you're waiting for your passes to arrive, remember that you and your grade 8/secondary 2 class can still enter Parks Canada places for free year-round. 
Click here for more information. 

Canadian Wildlife Federation
Ongoing Intake: Wild Grants

This is an ongoing grant program designed to help Canadians connect with and support nature in a variety of ways. This can include creating or improving wildlife habitat (gardens, shoreline cleanups, etc.) and learning about wildlife and wild places (BioBlitzes, soil or pond studies, etc.). Annually, this program provides grants of $250 to numerous projects across Canada, an excellent boost for projects that can use a helping hand.
Click here for more information

Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication (EECOM)
May 20 Deadline: 2016 Awards of Excellence

The EECOM Awards of Excellence recognize individuals and organizations who have collectively influenced hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens, and helped implement one of EECOM’s key goals – to advance environmental learning, ensuring Canadians are environmentally literate, engaging in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy future.
Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
July 15 Deadline: Environmental Grants

This foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary funding focus on environmental education, urban greening and enhancing biodiversity, and energy conservation.
Click here for more information. 

Tree Canada
Ongoing Intake: Greening Canada's School Grounds

Tree Canada helps to revitalize Canada’s school grounds by planting trees. Trees provide shade and protection from solar radiation, and add beauty to the playgrounds and fields where our children play and learn. Click here for more information.
Click here for more information.


This is just a small selection of the many grants available for environmental education in Canada. Click here for a more comprehensive list from the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network Grants Database.

University of Alberta
Project Planner - Office of Sustainability

Reporting directly to the Chief Sustainability Officer and working collaboratively with the Office of the Provost's Director for Sustainability Scholarship and Education, the Project Planner is responsible for developing, coordinating and administering academic and outreach-related sustainability initiatives that help UAlberta make progress on the institutional sustainability plan.
Click here for more information.

Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
Executive Director

The Coastal Centre is a charitable non-profit organization with a vision for a healthy Lake Huron coastal ecosystem and a mission of providing leadership, expertise, research, education and stewardship outreach, in collaboration with partners for healthy Lake Huron coastal communities. Our office is located in Goderich, Ontario, the “Prettiest Town in Canada” along the beautiful shores of Lake Huron.
Click here for more information.

Simon Fraser University
Coordinator, Sustainability Engagement Programs

The Coordinator, Sustainability Engagement Programs is responsible for increasing the number of staff, faculty and students directly and meaningfully engaged in sustainability activities at SFU. The Coordinator develops and delivers day-to-day sustainability engagement programs and provides services to SFU community members to achieve the University's sustainability goals and shift University culture toward a conservation mindset. 
Click here for more information. 


This is just a small selection of the many jobs available in environmental education coast to coast to coast. Click here for a more comprehensive list from Good Work Canada.

World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC)
Manifesto for Environmental Education

Environmental education towards sustainable development (EESD) is a necessity for our societies. However, the commitments made by the governments are still too little visible on the field. Starting from this fact, more than 150 actors, associations and institutions involved in EESD from different countries participated in the drafting of the Manifesto "Educate towards environment and sustainable development ".
Click here to download and support the Manifesto

Canadian Environmental Network
The Green List

The Canadian Environmental Network is building a complete directory of environmental organizations in Canada and furthering research of the topic of efficient networking.
Click here to take their survey to help them build their list.

Government of Canada
A Federal Sustainable Development Strategy for Canada

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy sets out federal commitments and activities that support environmental sustainability. Interact with the strategy to explore the government’s environmental sustainability goals, targets and actions.
Click here to review the strategy and provide feedback.

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