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Current Partnerships

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Building children's understanding of the world through Environmental Inquiry is a mandate that cannot be fulfilled alone. Natural Curiosity works closely with many organizations, school boards, and schools to move this important initiative forward for the benefit and future of our planet, and the young learners that are deeply connected to it. We are grateful for the commitment and engagement these bodies have exhibited in bringing Environmental Inquiry into the lives of countless students and communities.

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Organizations

Robertson Program for Inquiry-Based Teaching
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The Robertson Program seeks to support and inspire elementary teachers to design inquiry-based learning environments for children that encourage curiosity and a love of learning, instill a sense of expertise, promote equitable practices and a deeper understanding of mathematics and science concepts.

Evergreen Brickworks
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In 2013 we worked with Evergreen to develop the design guide for the Early Years-Kindergarten Play-Learning Environments used by schools within the TDSB.

Learning for a Sustainable Future
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Since the beginning of 2009 we have worked together on many projects, as our organizations share a similar vision to transform education through innovative programming and a love of learning.

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
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As a long-time supporter of environmental inquiry, ETFO partnered with us to create the companion guide for Natural Curiosity, used by educators province-wide.

Ontario Teachers' Federation
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As a long-time supporter of environmental inquiry, OTF continues to promote Natural Curiosity and transformative education.

WWF - Canada
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In 2012, Natural Curiosity was asked to consult with WWF in order to update the animal adoption kits aimed inspiring and informing students about the important role they play in securing a healthy future for our planet.

OWL Kids
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OWL kids approached Natural Curiosity and the Laboratory School in 2012 to create a teacher's guide to accompany the acclaimed story "We are Stardust" by Elin Kelsey. This guide was designed to provoke higher order thinking and an inquiry-based process to further students’ theories and understanding of our connection to the natural world.

TD Friends of the Environment
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We are grateful to TD Friends of the Environment for supporting a roundtable event to collaboratively develop a guide for Faculties of Education to implement Environmental Education into the fabric of Education programs throughout Ontario. This document will be released in early 2014.

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
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As are part of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development and the Department of Initial Teacher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Natural Curiosity and the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, work closely with professors at OISE to improve the lives of children through it's tripartite mission. This mission includes pre-service teacher education, ongoing and innovative educational research, and exemplary evidence-based education for children.

ECO Parent Magazine
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EcoParent is a quarterly print magazine and a website that offers parents responsible, sustainable, and attainable lifestyle choices for their family. Natural Curiosity and EcoParent partnered in 2013 at the Green Living Show in Toronto. The event drew hundreds of thousands of people and is North America's largest green and healthy living show. We want to thank EcoParent for all their support, and we look forward to continued collaboration with them in the future!

TRCA
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Both the Laboratory School and the TRCA were excited to collaborate on the implementation of professional development programs, and by the opportunity to create new and innovative learning possibilities that integrated a wide range of subject areas into the natural environment.

Over 160,000 students participating in Toronto and Region Conservation's outdoor and nature-based education programs annually.

EECOM
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The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM), is Canada’s only national, bilingual, charitable network for environmental learning (EL). EECOM works strategically and collaboratively to advance EL to ensure Canadians are environmentally literate, engaged in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy, sustainable future. Haley Higdon, the Project Lead for Natural Curiosity, has served on the EECOM board since September 2016.

School Boards

Toronto District School Board

Toronto Catholic District School Board

Durham Catholic District School Board

Rainy River District School Board

Halton District School Board

Waterloo Region District School Board

Schools

Fraser Mustard
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The newest, and one of the largest kindergarten schools in North America has chosen Natural Curiosity as one of their primary pillars of learning. In 2013-2014 we are working closely with educators from Fraser Mustard on diving deeper into the exploration of Environmental Inquiry specifically in the early years.

Tawingo College
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One of Canada's outdoor kindergarten programs continues to partner with Natural Curiosity to document the process and benefit of learning in the out-of-doors in order to inform and inspire educators across the country.

Bloorview School Authority
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This integrated and innovative kindergarten program is offered in partnership with the Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute for Child Study, and is designed to encourage inclusion for special needs children by deepening their understanding of equity, fair play and diversity.