Year in Review
2021-22
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This year, the Natural Curiosity team supported educators in new ways through our expanded virtual programming. Leveraging the opportunities created by the global pandemic, we have engaged more educators in our professional learning programs than ever before. None of this would have been possible without your support. Thank you, miigwetch! 

35+ Virtual Workshops for school boards, early learning centres, faculties of education and other organizations attended by 4000+ educators

2 Virtual Summer Institutes attended by 100+ educators across the world

5 Online Coaching Groups and 5 multi-part Workshop Series to support educators across Turtle Island throughout the school year

6,375+ educators reached and supported through our monthly Making the Shift newsletter

7 Webinars highlighting 14 leading Indigenous and environmental educators’ stories of making learning on the land an essential part of environmental and all education 

17,500+ followers and over 120,000 impressions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms

3600+ copies of Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry sold

95%+ of all NC professional learning participants feel deeply inspired by our program experience, and would recommend it to their colleagues (100% of webinar participants)

Impact and Reach

32,100+ copies of Natural Curiosity have been distributed to educators globally, highlighting its popularity as a mentor text.

1,336+ educators have directly engaged with our free 5-Part Video Self-Guided Learning Series - exploring our 4 branch framework deepened by Indigenous perspectives.

32+ 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.

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.

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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

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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

Reach through Virtual Professional Learning Programs (2021-22)

13 Provinces and Territories

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

Yukon

11 States

Alaska
Arizona
California
Hawaiii
Kentucky
Massachusetts

Missouri
New Jersey

New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
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 modified professional learning opportunities, Natural Curiosity continues to expand its reach with Canadian, and global, educators and deepen its impact in relationship with Indigenous partners.

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Your Funding in Action

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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

 

Education 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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