Environmental Literacy

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Environmental Literacy Outdoor Paragon promotes environmental literacy.

Deepening Environmental Education in Pre-Service Education Resource-2014

This guide is a way to capture and share the extensive expertise of the roundtable participants in formulating a new vision for pre-service environmental education in the province. This vision includes an articulation of a set of core competencies for all teacher candidates in Ontario, as well as a comprehensive set of strategies, practices and recommended resources to make this vision a reality. Published in 2014 by OISE, Natural Curiosity and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Bark Lake Leadership Centre

Bark Lake Leadership Centre's mission is to provide excellent, experiential, and educational programs in a unique and natural setting. Our entire program is tailored made for a focused, challenging, and character building leadership experience for national and international participants. With our affiliations with Universities, Colleges, the Ministry of Education, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, we ensure our programs are consistent with current and developing curriculum and practice standards.

Boyd Archaeological Field School

Boyd Archaeological Field School provides a course over a three week period, where students develop and master interdisciplinary knowledge and skills through the exploration of Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian histories. The course includes lectures and hands-on work at an archaeological site under the instruction of certified teachers and archaeologists. The Boyd Archaeological Field School, recipient of the 2005 Peggy Armstrong Public Archaeology Award, is entering its 33rd year of operation under the sponsorship of the Continuing Education Department of the York Region Board of Education with assistance from a number of partners.

This summer course includes accommodation for a range of abilities and needs. Students will earn a Grade 12 University Prep Credit in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDC4U).

The course instructors include Ontario teachers, licensed archaeologists, Aboriginal educators and respected professionals in a variety of specialties.

Ecology of the Night

  • Ecology of the Night was an educational Symposium, held at the Leslie M. Frost Centre, September 22-24, 2003. "Scientists are now finding that light pollution, and the lack of darkness at night, have a major effect on the natural world and even on human health."

EcoSchools Resources


Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities - now and for the future.


Greening the Way Ontario Learns

Greening the Way Ontario Learns is a Public Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Environmental Literacy was released in October 2003.

Native Plant Database

  • Native Plant Database The Evergreen Native Plant Database is an easy-to-use, educational, interactive resource with information about native tree, shrub, wildflower, grass, aquatic and vine species for all of Canada. This project was developed for those interested in planting native plants in school grounds, public open spaces and at home.

Ontario Farm Visit

The Frost Centre Institute

The Frost Centre Institute campus includes 20 buildings on 40 acres nestled in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, just South of Dorset, Ontario. With 2,500 feet of lake frontage on Lake St. Nora and direct access to groomed hiking (or skiing) trails located on 58,000 acres of crown land adjacent to the campus, the Centre offers a truly one-of-a-kind environment for experiential learning and outdoor education.


  • Alternatives Journal is Canada’s national environmental magazine, delivers thoughtful analysis and intelligent debate on Canadian and world environmental issues, the latest news and ideas, as well as profiles of environmental leaders who are making a difference.
  • Ontario Nature Magazine

Ontario Nature

Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 140 member groups across Ontario.

Ontario Youth Programs

Photos and Video of Wildlife

  1. Live Video of a family of Eagles LIVE video feed from Hornby Island in the Georgia Strait off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Both cams are positioned in a tree on a piece of land that belongs to Doug Carrick.
  2. Live Video of family of Loons in Minnesota
  3. Live video feed of a Bluebird nest located in Maine, USA.
  4. Live video feed of peregrine falconson the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  5. Live Video of a forest in Southwestern Pennsylvania This camera has seen Gray Squirrels, Chipmunks, Red Fox, Cross Fox, Gray Fox, Coyotes, Turkey Vultures, Raccoons, Red-Tailed Hawks, White Tailed Deer and White Turkey.


  • AskNature is where biology and design cross-pollinate, so bio-inspired breakthroughs can be born.

  • Nature Break is a video blog/social network Vanessa Serrao started to bring together people who love nature. The idea is to harness the power of social media to build an online community of nature-lovers. On the site, members can use video, photos, and messaging to share stories about their experiences in the outdoors. Since most of us spend so much time behind a computer these days, I want this site to offer people a refreshing “break” from normal computer work to get in touch with what’s going on in the natural world.

Recycle, Reuse, Renew, Refuse

  • Renew Resources is an environmentally motivated company dedicated to the recycling of plastic waste material into commercially usable products, thereby dramatically reducing the amount of waste that would otherwise be disposed of in landfill sites. It is the Company’s objective to bring to the market, through the use of new and improving technologies, innovative Plastic Composites products that will provide a cost effective alternative to conventional building materials such as wood.

Stackpole Books

Tallgrass Ontario

  • Tallgrass Ontario is an action oriented network of organizations and individuals coming together to work toward the shared goal of prairie and savanna conservation in Ontario.

Teach Green in Peel

Teach Green in Peel is an online database will help you as a teacher in Peel Region find locally-relevant environmental education enrichment resources and programs aligned with Ontario’s Curriculum Expectations (K-12).

Toronto Community Garden Network

The Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN) is made up of interested and energetic individuals and organizations from across Toronto who are committed to greening and organic gardening across the City of Toronto and to making community gardening an integral part of city life. Gardens in Toronto are situated on a range of properties, including parks' properties, buildings' rooftops, senior citizens' residences, school board properties, churches, and more.

TRCA Stewardship Events

Join friends of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for a variety of hands on environmental education and action workshops at various locations around Toronto.

Archaeology Events with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

The archaeological community has long recognized that the unique riverine association of TRCA lands provides an unlimited potential for our lands to hold archaeological resources. Recognizing the heritage value of the archaeological resources on its lands, TRCA, working with the province, prepared an Archaeological Master Plan that documented archaeological sites and made recommendations for the proper management of these resources. As a result, in 1988, TRCA adopted The Archaeological Heritage Strategy as an integrated component of the Greenspace Plan for the Greater Toronto Region. The intent of this program is to present a balanced and integrated program of inventory, management and interpretation for archaeological heritage resources.

Creature Quest

Creature Quest Inc. is an animal education company founded on the principal that the living world and its inhabitants are important and that learning should be fun and interactive. The utilization of over 50 species of animals helps us not only demonstrate many biological concepts but provides guests with the opportunity to meet and handle animals they may have never even seen before. We hope that these up close encounters will inspire participants to help conserve the our natural world and to choose future pets responsibly.

The Ontario Falconry Centre

The Ontario Falconry Centre and owner Sam Trentadue is committed to producing quality birds of prey, products and service for the use of falconry, hunting, apprenticeship program, education and bird control.

Sustainability Network

The mission of the Sustainability Network is to enrich Canadian environmental leaders and nonprofit organizations through programs, services and support that help them increase their capacity to lead, manage and strategize. The Sustainability Network works with environmental non-profits to make them more effective and efficient. By improving management and leadership skills and fostering organizational development, we help to strengthen the environmental community. We are about sustaining the organizations that work on sustainability.

Water Walker Wildeness Canoeing and Camping Forum

Water Walker Wildeness Canoeing and Camping Forum run by Dave

  • The BC Sustainability Education Network (also known as walkingthetalk) is a social network for individuals, organizations and government to collaborate in order to move sustainability education forward in British Columbia. from the BC Working Group on Sustainability Education. We have created an online network to help sustainability educators in BC keep up to date and collaborate on sustainability education.