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School of Education

Eco-Mentorship Certificate Program

The Eco-Mentorship Certificate Program is an innovative opportunity offered to teacher candidates. A collaboration between the School of Education and Camp Kawartha, it draws on expertise from the local environmental education community. Becoming an Eco-Mentor tells principals that you are committed to bringing environmental education to your students and using it to build social capital in the school community.

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Participation in the program helps you learn how to:

  • integrate outdoor activities and nearby green spaces into your teaching practice, safely and with purpose;
  • develop strategies for integrating environmental education across the curriculum in positive and hopeful ways;
  • infuse the Indigenous roots of environmental education in your teaching.

It also provides you with the opportunity to share experiences and expertise acquired before joining the program. Participants attend a series of half-day workshops on Saturdays, held at the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, adjacent to the Trent campus. To gain the certificate participants then have to implement their learning during school placements.