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Cultivating Curiosity Through Connection

A Professional Learning Day in Collaboration with Five Counties Children's Centre at Fleming College - Sutherland Campus

October 14, 2023

Are you an educator in Peterborough City & County? Join us on Saturday, October 14th at Fleming College for a PAID in-person learning opportunity designed exclusively for early learning professionals. 


Key Highlights: 

  • Paid professional learning opportunity: We value your commitment to professional learning!  All attendees who are working within Peterborough City & County will be paid for their full-day participation through cost recovery (up to seven hours). You will pick-up and complete your cost recovery form at the  registration table on the day of the event

  • Catered lunch included: Enjoy a delicious lunch as you connect and network with like-minded educators

  • Complimentary Resource: All attendees will receive a free physical copy of the groundbreaking resource, Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition

  • Tangible Takeaways: We will be directly connecting Ontario's pedagogical document How Does Learning Happen? to Natural Curiosity's pedagogical framework to provide you with practical ways you can integrate theories of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) into your practice


About the Professional Learning Opportunity

Natural Curiosity (NC) is excited to launch a free in-person professional learning opportunity on the land, Cultivating Curiosity Through Connection: Nurturing Inquiry and Land-Based Learning for Early Childhood Educators Through Natural Curiosity in partnership with the Quality Inclusion Collaborative and the City of Peterborough. This program is exclusively for Educators/Staff working in Early Learning & Care in Peterborough City & County who wish to deepen and enrich their practice with transformative ideas that tie directly to Ontario’s framework for early learners. 

When and Where

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 8:30am-3:30pm (registration from 8:30-9am)

Fleming College - Sutherland Campus

599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough, ON K9J 7B1


Please register by Friday, October 6!  


This fully outdoor experience will take place in the scenic surroundings of Fleming College (Sutherland Campus) in Peterborough, Ontario on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Don't miss this enriching paid opportunity to delve into the heart of land-based learning for children! 

What You’ll Learn
Together, our learning community will engage in knowledge-building that makes connections between Ontario’s pedagogical document, How Does Learning Happen?, and Natural Curiosity’s four-branch pedagogical framework and associated Indigenous lenses. As we delve into this inclusive space, we will actively weave theories of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into our practice, ensuring that education is accessible to all, led by expert facilitators who represent a variety of lived experiences and diverse perspectives.

Natural Curiosity Branches & Indigenous Lenses

  • Branch 1: Inquiry & Engagement – Nurturing a Sense of Place (Indigenous Lens: Lighting the Fire – The Spirit of Learning)

  • Branch 2: Experiential Learning – Building a Sense of Place (Indigenous Lens: Sending out Roots – Grounding Learning in Place)

  • Branch 3: Integrated Learning – Making Connections and Broadening Perspectives (Indigenous Lens:  The Flow of Knowledge – Everything is Related)

  • Branch 4: Moving Towards Sustainability – Living and Acting in the World (Indigenous Lens: Breathing with the World – Applied Learning through Reciprocity)

Tangible Takeaways from Workshops

Experience outdoor learning within inquiry explorations of plants, water, earth, spirit and sustainability through stories, art, movement and games and reflecting on your own identity. Potential activities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing outdoor learning skills through scavenger hunts and landscape inventories, encouraging children to observe and appreciate nature

  • Gaining insights into Indigenous worldviews and perspectives to inform teaching practices, fostering cultural understanding and respect among children

  • Creating nature-based art using collected items, promoting creativity and connections to the environment

  • Sharing stories related to water, resistance and advocacy to foster a strong connection with the natural world


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Complimentary Resource
Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition

  • Participating educators will receive a complimentary copy of NC’s best-selling, groundbreaking resource! If you already have a copy of the resource, we invite you to pay the additional copy forward to a colleague at your school or organization.

  • Other resources will be referenced in the session.

Participating educators will receive a certificate of completion from Natural Curiosity.

Have any questions? 

If you wish to chat with a member of the Natural Curiosity team to further discuss program details, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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