Year in Review
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
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.
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.
Reach through Virtual Professional Learning Programs (2021-22)
13 Provinces and Territories
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Testimonial from a K-12 Educator
Tanya Murray (she/her)
OCT, Ontario Environmental Education, York Region Nature Collaborative, Child and Nature Alliance
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."
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.
Your Funding in Action
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
Thank you, chi-miigwetch, for your support.