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Call for Submissions - Edward Burtynsky Award

Natural Curiosity Call for Submissions

The Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education was established by the Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. This award was made possible by the Norman and Marian Robertson Charitable Foundation, the generosity of anonymous donors, and world-renowned Environmentalist and Photographic Artist, Edward Burtynsky.

This award was created in order to recognize and celebrate outstanding elementary school teachers in the province of Ontario who, through their exemplary teaching methods, create learning opportunities that inspire students to become environmentally conscious, responsible world citizens who take sustainable action that protects and restores the environment, thereby creating hope for future generations.

The first-prize winner will receive $500 towards Environmental Education related professional development opportunities and a signed Edward Burtynsky print. In addition, the first-prize winner will receive $1000 for his or her school towards funding Environmental Education learning experiences for students. Two runners-up will each receive $250 toward Environmental Education related professional development opportunities and a book signed by Edward Burtynsky, as well as a signed book for each of their respective school libraries.

We invite elementary school teachers across Ontario who are worthy of recognition to submit an application. We also ask all Ontarians to look to their school communities for teachers whose commendable practices in Environmental Education make them excellent candidates for this award. Both self-submissions and third-party nominations are encouraged. Please read the official Submission Guidelines, Information Form, and Application Form to find out how to apply.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Haley Higdon (Project Lead) at

Thank you for caring for our environment.


Submission Guidelines

Please read the Submission Guidelines prior to completing and submitting the Information and Application Forms.

Who is eligible?
All nominees should be certified members of the Ontario College of Teachers who are currently teaching in an elementary school in the province of Ontario. No employee of the Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, nor any affiliate of the Norman and Marian Robertson Charitable Foundation is eligible to receive this award.

What does a complete submission include?
A complete nomination consists of two components:

  1. a completed Information Form
  2. a written Application Form

Where do I make a submssion?
This year we are only accepting online sumbissions for the Edward Burtynsky Award. Please complete the Information and the Application Form and submit them online.

When is the submission deadline?
Submissions must be made no later than March 31, 2017.

When will the winners be announced?
The grand prize winner and two-runners up will be contacted in May 2017.

Who judges the submission?
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of members of the Environmental Education Committee of the Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study.

If selected, your lesson approaches and examples of your exemplary teaching methods will be placed on our website (


Burtynsky Call for Submission form