News and Events

York University – Ecosource Certificate Course


Advanced Teacher Training: Approaches to Educating for Sustainability, a York University-Ecosource Certificate Course,  starting in January 2017.

Environment and Natural Resources in Canada Event


Young Canadians passionate about taking action on climate change, join Minister McKenna live on Facebook, from 9am to 12pm on Wed, Nov 23.

National town hall with David Suzuki: The future of environmental rights

On November 16, you can hear David Suzuki and a panel of guests talk about why securing a federal bill is so crucial, and what we need to do together to win.

We’ll also honour the tireless efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who helped us get here, celebrate two years of successes and discuss plans for 2017 and beyond.

Join us via live web stream. Gather family, friends and neighbours for an inspirational and educational evening.

Learning for A Sustainable Future


At LSF’s Youth Forums, students are inspired to take action through keynotes and workshops delivered by local experts who are making change in their communities. They will leave empowered with innovative ideas, skills, and confidence to undertake their own projects. Educators also learn to support student action projects while meeting curriculum requirements using transformative learning strategies. A fun and inspiring day for students and teachers alike!

Greenbelt Youth Charter

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EcoSpark facilitated the creation of the first-ever Ontario Greenbelt Youth Charter offering youth from across southern Ontario the opportunity to share their perspectives in a review process where they have not yet been consulted.

Shooting Owls to Save Other Owls

Protecting habitat hasn’t stopped the spotted owl’s decline. Will shooting its rivals help?

World Penguin Day

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Happy World Penguin Day!

There are 18 species of penguins and all are found in the Southern Hemisphere*. If you ever wondered where penguins live in the world, this graphic is here to help. Now you Know Your Penguins!


National Wildlife Week

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The year 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Birds Convention between Canada and the United States, which was the first international treaty to conserve wildlife.




Connecting to nature through traditional skills.  View the conference schedule for the April PD Day at Camp Kawartha Environment Centre:

Greenbelt Guide: March Break Edition


March Break is almost here! The weather will be warmer, the kids will be out of school, and you’ll have five days to keep them entertained.

National Eco-Journalism Competition

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YRE Canada is a national environmental education program that gives youth the opportunity to be part of the solution by producing creative and engaging environmental journalism.

Participants (ages 11-14 and 15-18) investigate and report on environmental issues, and propose solutions, by using video, photography or writing.

International Polar Bear Day

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What’s good for Polar Bears is good for the economy.  Climate change increasingly poses one of the biggest long-term threats to investments.

WILD Pedagogies

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WILD Pedagogies is CWF’s professional learning program for educators. This one of a kind experiential learning program blends graduate level studies in education from top professors with travel on the landscape.

WILD Outside

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WILD Outside is a national leadership program for youths of ages 12 to 26. We developed it to help young Canadians learn from CWF facilitators how to be part of a team, develop a conservation ethic and plan a community-based action project. Teams then deliver their nature connection projects to peers in major cities across the country. This program is run in collaboration with the YMCA.

Students Learning about their Natural Environment

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Envirothon gets students from secondary level schools into the outdoors, to experience nature up close and hands on!

Envirothon 2016 Flyer

Top 6 Must-See Sky Events for 2016


A rundown of skywatching events worth circling on your calendar in 2016.

Green Schools

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Latest Green Schools news, comments and analysis from the Guardian, the worlds leading liberal voice.

Check out great articles on outdoor learning, sustainable classrooms, green-fingered teachers and much more.

Free Webinars

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BirdSleuth K-12 creates innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects.

Educators, choose from the following fun and interactive webinars!

Bird Cams for Educators (March & April)

Global Big Day for Educators & Families (May)

Gran Día Mundial de Observación de Aves: ¡Entrenamiento en Línea Gratis (Webinar)! (May)

Environmental Grants & Funding for Environmental Projects


Looking for funding for an environmental project in your community?  Learn how TD Friends of the Environment Foundation can help you.

Apply before February 15, 2016.

My Class Needs


Teachers Post. Donor Give. Students Succeed.

Crowdfunding charity for Canadian Classrooms.

Still more projects that need funding.

Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

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The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is a competition among Canadian classes from kindergarten to Grade 12 that aims to increase energy awareness among youth and educators.

As classes progress through the competition, students will learn about their energy habits and share their knowledge with the rest of the country. This year there are more than one hundred prizes to be won, with a total value of $40,000.

Places and Spaces in Childrens Lives

COP 21

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November 30 – December 10, 2015, Paris, France

The Paris UN climate conference in December 2015 will deliver a new universal climate change agreement. The new agreement is aimed at putting the world firmly on track to a low-carbon, sustainable future that keeps  a global temperature rise under 2 degrees C

For more info, please visit the United Nations Website:

Places and Spaces in Childrens Lives

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June 9-11, 2016 

The focus of the 2016 meeting will be on the powerful connections between children and the physical environments in which they develop.


Deadline for registration is December 15, 2015

For more info, please visit The Jean Piaget Society Website:

Waste Reduction Week


Monday, October 19th – Sunday, October 35th, 2015 

Groups and individuals from across Canada are celebrating Waste Reduction Week in Canada by rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling.

For more info, please visit the Waste Reduction Week Website:

Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival

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Wednesday, October 21st – Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at the AGO (Jackman Hall)

Teachers, bring your class to the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival School Program. Unique environmental films for elementary, middle, and secondary school groups presented in an enriched program with participating filmmakers, scientists and special guest speakers.

For more info, please visit the Planet in Focus Website:

All Hands in the Dirt Forum

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All Hands in the Dirt, two-day conference at Evergreen Brick Works, creating better children’s spaces Oct 23–24, 2015.  All Hands in the Dirt is an annual, two-day conference at Evergreen Brick Works for sharing innovations and best practices in creating vibrant children’s spaces for outdoor learning and play.

For more info, please visit the Evergreen Website:

Living City Leader Scholarships 2015

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Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available to post-secondary students through The Living City Foundation.


Submissions are reviewed by a volunteer selection committee of The Living City Foundation and are due prior to October 5th. Three finalists will be invited to attend The Living City Environmental Dinner on November 4th, 2015 where the scholarships will be awarded.

For more info, please visit the Living City Website:

Canadian Wildlife Federation: WILD Outside

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WILD Outside is an exciting new youth leadership program for 12 to 26 year olds developed by CWF.  In this program, your youth group will work together to learn how to work together as a team, learn about conservation ethic and plan a project that they will deliver in your home community.

For more info, please visit the Canadian Wildlife Federation Website:

National Aboriginal Day June 21, 2015

National Aboriginal Day provides all Canadians with an excellent opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture and to learn more about the many achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.  R4R has resources for exploring Aboriginal perspectives on sustainable development.

For more info, please visit the Resources for Rethinking website:

Nature Academy & EcoSpark have summer workshops for educators

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Urban Pollinators, Geography of the Green Belt, The Air We Breathe, and The Water We Drink are some of the great workshops being offered this summer.

For more info, please visit the Nature Academy website:

Canadian Institute of Forestry

CIFCanadian Institute of Forestry’s 4 day Teachers’ Forestry Tour taking place from August 4-7, 2015 for teachers/educators at any level. It’s free for participants and there are 30 spots. It’s geared towards teachers that teach anything from biology, to outdoor rec, to environmental studies or geography, etc.


For more info, please visit The Canadian Institute of Forestry:

The Great Nature Project

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During May 15-25, 2015, we encourage everyone to get outside and share photos of their encounters with plants, animals, and fungi as part of a global snapshot. The goal of the global snapshot is to document biodiversity all over the world during a specific window of time that is repeated annually.

For more info, please visit National Geographic:

 Songbirds SOS – The Nature of Things


Birdsong that has graced the Earth for millions of years – and for all of human history – could soon be stilled in human made perfect-storm of negligence and unintended consequences.

Songbird SOS is the artfully-shot story of the mass depletion of songbirds in the Americas.

For more info, please visit The Nature of Things website:

Teachers & Students – What’s Happening on Earth Day 2015

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We are asking schools across Canada to show that they care about climate change by choosing active and sustainable transportation and by participating in our national Earth Flag campaign.

We’ve got fantastic resources to help you take action and engage your school community and help make Earth Day Every Day.

For more info, please visit the Earth Day website:

The John Muir Exhibit – The Sierra Club

John Muir (1838-1914) was America’s most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist.

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The John Muir Exhibit features extensive material concerning the life and legacy of John Muir, naturalist, writer, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club.

For more info, please visit the Sierra Club website:

Ontario Biodiversity Summit 2015

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Join hundreds of people and participate in this Summit – the first of its kind in Ontario – to learn more about the state of biodiversity in our province and what we are doing to protect it. Hear from engaging and informative speakers, learn about best practices from around the world, and share ideas to help focus future conservation efforts.

For more info, please visit the Ontario Biodiversity Summit website:


Learning for a Sustainable Future – Jack Layton Award


Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) established the LSF Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability to honour Jack Layton’s passion for optimism and hope in creating a more sustainable future. Recipients of the LSF Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability have responded to community challenges with creativity, responsible citizenship and innovative action. The Winning school receives $500, and Runner-Ups receive $250 towards a sustainability-related action project. Apply for the LSF Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability or nominate a school for the Award.

For more info, please visit the Learning for a Sustainable Future website:

Conservation Science at your Doorstep

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Welcome to Ontario Nature’s new blog series – Conservation science at your doorstep.

For more info, please visit the Ontario Nature website:

Busting the Myth of Urban Nature Disconnect

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Scurrying through the urban jungle, we often overlook transformative nature encounter just waiting to be discovered. Yet, with a change in perspective and a few simple tools you can interact with the city and its non-human inhabitants in ways that may just change the way you experience life in the city and beyond.
Join Mark Morey and the PINE Project for an inspiring discussion about the power and accessibility of urban nature all around us.

Thursday April 9th, 2015
Doors open at 6:30
OISE Auditorium;
$15 – available at the door or pre-register on our website to reserve your spot!

For more info, please visit the P.I.N.E. Project website:


Canadian Wildlife Federation:  Things that you can do to celebrate National Wildlife Week

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For more info, please visit the Ontario Nature website:


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