Curriculum Review Initiative

ESD Theme Document: Ecosystems

The Canadian Sustainability Curriculum Review Initiative is a project of Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) that focuses on key themes supporting the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Each theme identifies what learning research indicates are suitable for children to address at various stages in their development.

These theme documents are intended primarily as resources to support curriculum policy change but are also of relevance to teacher professional development and the design of learning resources and learning programs. The intent of this work is to help bridge research, policy and practice.

Drawing the focus to the conceptual understanding of ecosystems and sustainability in order for students to develop a deeper understanding of how the world works and the human impact upon it.

Click here to download the Ecosystem Theme Document.

Resources for Rethinking -

Ecosystem Education Learning Programs Currently Available to Educators

Resources for Rethinking is a project developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future. provides teachers access to lesson plans and other teaching resources, that integrate environmental, social and economic spheres through learning that is interdisciplinary and action oriented.  Each R4R resource has been reviewed by an experienced classroom teacher and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for all provinces and territories. 

R4R is searchable by language, grade, subject and theme. There are over 700 resources on the database, produced by government ministries, boards of education, subject associations and non-governmental organizations, including 203 ecosystem resources.

To access this searchable database and review its biodiveristy resources visit Resources for Rethinking site.

Samples of Ecosystem Education Resources on R4R:

Step Outside

Step Outside is Your Guide to Nature’s Events. Published two to three times per month, Step Outside is a compilation of seasonal happenings that can be used to bring nature into your classroom. The guides detail specific flora, fauna and climate events, which are often taking place just outside your school - though these may happen sooner or later depending on the season and where you are relative to the Kawartha region of Ontario, where the guides are written.

LSF Services

LSF, with its extensive network across Canada and its staff and consultant base, offers a complete line of services to support the advancement of Ecosystem Learning:

Professional Development
Teacher workshops, seminars and symposia –from one hour information sessions through to comprehensive three day Ecosystem Education institutes.

Curriculum Policy
Review of current policy and recommended enhancements for ESD content through to implementation planning.

Program Planning

  • Development of comprehensive programs to address ecosystem learning for schools, school boards, faculties of education and provincial Ministries
  • Learning Resource Design, Implementation and Dissemination
  • Evaluation of existing programs
  • Providing consultative support in development of new resources
  • Developing and implementing program communication

To bring LSF’s depth of experience with Ecosystem learning to your organization contact: Pamela Schwartzberg, Executive Director at 1.877.250.8202 or info @

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