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Edward Burtynsky Award

For In-Service Educators

In the past, Natural Curiosity and the Dr. Eric Jackman Insititute of Child Study have honoured in-service elementary school teachers for their excellence in Environmental Inquiry in Ontario. We are delighted to announce that the Edward Burtynksy Award is now also open to Early Childhood Educators nationwide.

The Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education 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.

Application Details

Who should apply?

Outstanding Teachers and ECEs across Canada who in their practice:

  • Use Environmental Inquiry,

  • Create learning opportunities that inspire students to become environmentally conscious and responsible world citizens

  • Recognize/support the importance of Indigenous perspectives in their approach to Environmental Inquiry (i.e. a connection to the spirit of learning, a deeply rooted sense of place, a recognition that everything is related, or an emphasis on reciprocity)


The grand prize winner will receive:

  • $500 towards environmental education related professional development

  • Signed Edward Burtynsky print

  • $1000 for his/her school towards funding Environmental Education learning experiences for students

Runner-Up (two recipients) will each receive:

  •  $250 toward environmental education related professional development

  • 2 signed books by Edward Burtynsky – one for themselves, and one for their school library

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