Year in Review
This year, the Natural Curiosity team has been able to support and connect with educators in new ways. None of this would have been possible without your support. Thank you, miigwetch! 

10 Virtual Workshops for school boards and early learning centres for a total of 340 teaches and ECEs

3 online coaching groups to support educators 

A back-to-school webinar series called Natural Curiosity in the New Normal, which was attended by 800 educators

A back-to-school webinar series called Embracing the Shift, which was attended by 800 educators

Our monthly newsletters reaching and supporting over 5,000 educators

Connecting with over 9,000 followers on Twitter and other social media.

Impact and Reach

29,100+ copies of Natural Curiosity have been distributed to educators globally, highlighting its popularity as a mentor text.

30+ leading Universities and Colleges use Natural Curiosity as a course text in pre-service teacher education in Canada and around the world. Natural Curiosity has been cited in 62 academic

research publications.

13,000+ educators have directly engaged in online or
in-person Natural Curiosity professional learning, through workshops, webinars and conferences.

66+  educators have been recognized through Natural Curiosity's annual Awards, which provided $33,000 in funding to exemplary educators and schools, and 330+ hours of free professional learning to promising future teachers.

What is Natural Curiosity?

100% 

of Ontario educators are mandated to infuse environmental education into their teaching across the curriculum.

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32% 

of Canadian teachers feel they have the knowledge and skills to teach about the changing environment. Educators say they need professional development, classroom resources, current information on climate science, and curriculum policy. 

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51% 

of Ontario elementary schools offer no Indigenous education opportunities such as professional development for teachers. Environmental learning is an integral part of Indigenous education. 

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 Created in collaboration with Indigenous educators and partners, the Natural Curiosity Program addresses a critical link between environmental and Indigenous education, supporting all educators to authentically respond to the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Our Unique Value

To address the current challenges in education, we provide transformative professional learning for educators across Canada, to support them with integrating environmental and Indigenous education into their practice, in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation.

Our Purpose

Words of Support from Indigenous Scholars

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Reach through Virtual Workshops (2020-21)

13 Provinces and Territories

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

10 States

Alaska
Arizona
California
Hawaiii
Kentucky
Massachusetts
New Jersey
Ohio
Pensylvannia
Washington

Testimonial from a K-12 Educator

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Tanya Murray (she/her)

OCT, Ontario Environmental Education, York Region Nature Collaborative, Child and Nature Alliance

About Tanya

Tanya Murray is a Curriculum Consultant who supports system leadership in Outdoor and Environmental Education K-12. She has been working with an Ontario school board for 13+ years. She champions nature connection that is accessible to all, especially in the public-school system. Tanya has taught in all divisions including a term at an Outdoor Education Centre. She is committed to amplifying all voices and leaning into the urgent need to listen, learn (unlearn) and lift the voices in conversations around our spaces including the environment.

"The professional development and conversations I was involved with repeatedly left educators wanting MORE ... [Natural Curiosity] is not a resource that will sit on a shelf, rather it will be weathered and folded from being used to align what was always meant to be connected: environmental inquiry and Indigenous ways of knowing. Congratulations on yet another outstanding resource that will set the stage for future caring environmental citizens."

Strategic Plan

2020 - 2023

Building  on the success of the last 12 years, Natural Curiosity's 3-year strategic plan presents an exciting path forward. Through new and expanded professional learning opportunities, Natural Curiosity continues to extend its reach with Canadian educators and deepen our impact in relationship with
Indigenous partners.

New Projects

2021 - 2022

3-Year Professional Learning Project 

To expand our professional learning services and offerings to the broader educational community, which include year-long online coaching programs, a Summer Institute, monthly webinars, and a customized workshop series in collaboration with school boards, post-secondary institutions, early childhood education centres, and Indigenous and environmental education organizations.

Capacity Building

To grow our team to further disseminate Natural Curiosity resources and professional learning workshops, increasing the capacity at which we can deliver these diverse programs to support educators in the public realm. Expanding communications and digital marketing strategy to target new audiences, while retaining and strengthening our existing customer-base.

Almanac Project

A self-directed companion guide to the highly successful NC 2nd Edition resource, furthering the dissemination of ideas, support, and possibility for transformation of practice while increasing accessibility and affordability to Natural Curiosity professional learning.

Your Funding in Action

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Total Projection: $372,376
Including 10% contingency planning

Natural Curiosity Projected Budget

2021 - 2022 School Year

As an independently fundraised unit of the University of Toronto, 100% of our program is donor-funded. Your generous donation will be allocated to one or more of our projects.

Donor Opportunities

Natural Curiosity is seeking donors interested in any or all of the following areas of concern:

Truth and Reconciliation in Education 

 

The Integration of Indigenous Perspectives into Education

 

Edcuation for Climate Change 

 

  Environmental and Science Education, Through Inquiry and Natural Curiosity

The Physical and Mental Wellbeing of Children, Facilitated by Outdoor Inquiry-Based Learning

Education Transformation and the Ongoing Improvement of Public Education

Address

45 Walmer Rd, Toronto ON M5R 2X2

Phone Number

416-934-4517

Contact Us

  naturalcuriosity@utoronto.ca

Thank you, chi-miigwetch, for your support.

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