Professional Learning with Natural Curiosity

We partner with Schools and School Boards to facilitate workshops that focus on Inquiry-based Environmental Learning and related Indigenous perspectives. These experiences are collaborative and experiential in nature, and focus on the four-branch framework outlined in Natural Curiosity. Using ministry guidelines and big ideas found across subject areas in the new Ontario curriculum, we will guide educators through philosophical and practical discourse required to negotiate the integration of environmental education into the classroom.

If you are interested in bringing Natural Curiosity to your School or School Board please contact us for workshop cost outlines and/or upcoming dates.

Schedule a Professional Learning Experience with Natural Curiosity

Who Should Attend?

  • K-12 Educators and Early Childhood Educators who wish to infuse environmental inquiry and Indigenous perspectives into their practice.
  • School administrators and coordinators who wish to support educators with including Indigenous perspectives and environmental inquiry in their schools.
  • First Nations, Métis, Inuit Coordinators and Indigenous Leads of School Boards who wish to explore how environmental education, inquiry-based learning, and Indigenous perspectives on education inform, support, and build on one another.
  • Environmental Education/Indigenous Education Organizations wishing to learn about the environmental inquiry framework and Indigenous perspectives, and how these perspectives can inform their organizational practice.

 

What does Natural Curiosity’s workshop look like?

  • Natural Curiosity’s workshops are designed to support educators with incorporating the environmental inquiry process into their practice.
  • 1-Day workshops will introduce Natural Curiosity’s four-branch environmental inquiry framework and related Indigenous lenses through collaborative methods.
  • 2-Day workshops will further explore strategies, methods, and examples of environmental inquiry and Indigenous perspectives, in a way that respects both co-existing cultural perspectives.
  • Our workshops are intentionally designed to meet the interests and learning needs of the group of educators we are working with. Please contact us for a more detailed description for our workshops.

 

How does Natural Curiosity support Truth and Reconciliation?

  • Both 1-day and 2-day Natural Curiosity workshops are designed to create professional learning experiences for educators to think more deeply about how we relate to the natural world and to one another. Educators will be challenged and empowered to think about how land-based learning can support educators and students with their journey towards Truth and Reconciliation.
See what educators have to say about Natural Curiosity workshops below.
The Professional Development with Haley & Natural Curiosity was inspirational as her objective to get students outside for the sake of going outside was so motivating, I was immediately thinking of ways to take advantage of our environment here on Christian Island. Within weeks after the PD, my students and I engaged in a day-long hike where many opportunities stemming around environmental inquiry have piqued my students interest in protecting and exploring the habitat that surrounds them. I also found the Natural Curiosity text a helpful resource as it has many exemplars ranging across all grade levels and plenty of visuals. Miigewech, Haley!- Charity Caluori (Grade 7/8 Teacher), Christian Island
I felt inspired by the Environmental Inquiry PD. As an EA I work to support students one on one, or in small groups on a daily basis, and keeping the students engaged can be a challenge, at times. The framework and strategies Haley shared helped me to see how we could start an inquiry project, guided by student curiosity and questions. The week after our PD workshop with Natural Curiosity I started an independent environmental inquiry with one of the students I support each day. He was excited for the opportunity to choose the topic and he was really engaged in the learning as we found answers to the questions he came up with. This student stayed engaged for longer than his usual routine, he was very proud of his work, and showcased what he had learned at the end of his independent environmental inquiry project. It was wonderful to see his interest had piqued through the environment around us.- Natasha Noganosh (EA), Christian Island
Every teacher should attend this workshop.- Anonymous, Winnipeg Inquiry Institute in collaboration with LSF, 2018