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School Watch: Green Spaces as Learning Places

EcoSpark is excited to launch a new program - School Watch!

What is School Watch?

School Watch is a free program where teachers learn how to lead citizen science projects with their students on school grounds. We deliver free teacher PD on curriculum-linked environmental projects such as tree inventories and pollinator surveys. This project allows students to contribute meaningful data while learning about ecosystem health, positive actions and environmental science in the community.  
At teacher* workshops, we provide: 
  1. Hands-on resources for animating school ground greening projects
  2. Exposure to and training on different kinds of citizen science projects
  3. Follow-up staff support to plan and co-lead an outdoor education lesson with EcoSpark
  4. Opportunities to earn points towards your EcoSchools certification! (YRDSB participants receive a York Region District School Board certificate of Ontario EcoSchools points earned, and are eligible for additional points by implementing citizen science activities.)

*While designed for teachers, workshops are suitable for anyone interested in connecting kids with outdoor education.


Upcoming Workshops:

We are working with the York Region District School Board to offer School Watch teacher PD in May! Spaces are limited, so register early.

  1. Wednesday May 2, 2018 from 5:30-6:30pm at Barbara Reid Public School, Whitchurch-Stouffville. This mini-workshop is part of Barbara Reid's Building Nature Connection IV community/York Region District School Board event from 4:30-8:30pm. Registrants with EcoSpark will be provided with additional event details by email.
  2. Friday May 4, 2018 (YRDSB & YCDSB PA Day - Secondary) from 9:00-11:30am at Milliken Mills High School, Unionville.
  3. Saturday May 12, 2018 from 8:30-11:30am at the Milne Outdoor Education Centre, Markham.



Click here to download a poster to help us promote School Watch!

School Watch Poster

For more information, please contact:
Dana Buchbinder, Citizen Science Coordinator 
[email protected]
647-258-3280 x 2003

Thank you for your interest in School Watch! We hope to see you outside!


This project would not be possible without the generous financial support from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and in-kind support from the York Region District School Board.

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