Since 2000, EEON (Environmental Education Ontario) has been an advocate for improving the status of environmental education across the province of Ontario, Canada. Formed when Environmental Science had just been stricken from the Ontario curriculum by a short-sighted provincial government, a group of educators came together to form EEON. We worked to garner support not only to reinstate Environmental Science, but to add new Environment and Sustainability Education (ESE) courses to the curriculum.
A focus of EEON’s early efforts was a series of focus groups and research study of environmental education needs, outcomes, and indicators in 17 different sectors across the province. The resulting report, Greening the Way Ontario Learns, provided environmental education benchmarks not just for schools and universities, but for all the places where environmental education takes place—at home, work, and in the community.
EEON’s efforts were successful in the formal education sector: The Ontario Ministry of Education reinstated Environmental Science as a course and have added additional ESE courses to the curriculum. In 2009, the Ministry implemented a new policy framework based heavily on Greening the Way Ontario Learns, and has since implemented a scope and sequence of environmental expectations to be incorporated in all subjects, from Kindergarten through to Grade 12.
Today, EEON is refocusing our efforts beyond the formal education system to better understand the environmental education landscape across the province. Contact us to learn more or if you’re interested in being a part of our latest project.