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About Natural Curiosity

Developed by the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) Laboratory School at OISE-UofT, Natural Curiosity (NC) is an innovative environmental and land-based inquiry program that helps teachers address a critical link between environmental and Indigenous education. In doing so, NC provides professional learning opportunities for educators across Turtle Island (North America), including webinars, workshops, walking tours, and communities of practice, to support them on their journey of centring Indigenous perspectives in children’s environmental inquiry.


NC offers a four-branch framework for teaching and learning that supports children’s curiosity, relationship and reciprocity with the natural world. The Indigenous lens on Natural Curiosity, written by Doug Anderson (Métis), supports educators to see how Indigenous perspectives connect to environmental learning and wellbeing as well as how they can be ethically supported in any learning environment.

Symbols of Natural Curiosity's four branches of environmental inquiry

Our Pedagogy 

A four-branch framework for environmental inquiry dynamically combines inquiry-based learning, experiential learning, integrated learning, and stewardship.

Students raising their hands in a classroom

The Laboratory School at Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Natural Curiosity is housed at The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) Laboratory School, a Nursery to 6th Grade School at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

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