Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres

Board-run Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres (OEEC’s) can certify as Ontario EcoSchools by acting as program partners and linking to the EcoSchools framework while highlighting their expertise and experiential approach to environmental education.

For the 2017-18 certification year, Ontario EcoSchools will be running a pilot program with select centres from the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA).

Certification Process

OEEC’s can become certified Ontario EcoSchools by completing three steps:


Notify Ontario EcoSchools of your intent to certify by completing the online registration form before the last Friday in January (January 26, 2018). Online registration will be available in 2018-19

Step 2: ENGAGE

Support the pilot partnership model by participating in two engagement activities of your choice. Provide supporting portfolio documents which highlight each of the engagement activities A full list of activities and supporting documentation can be found here.


Provide a very brief narrative description of what OEEC staff are doing to model behaviour and support schools within each of the six sections of certification. Download the fillable reflection form here.

Submitting your application

OEEC’s should submit their completed application (Engagement activity supporting documents and Reflection form) via email to oeec@ontarioecoschools.org by the last Friday in April (April 27, 2018). Online certification application will be available in 2018-19.

A full description of the OEEC certification process can be found here.

Please note: Ontario EcoSchools is currently piloting the OEEC certification with non-board run centres in 2017-18. Please stay tuned for more details.