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Environmental & Sustainability Education – Centres, Places & Links
Environment · Sustainable Living · Organic & Ecological Food, Gardening,
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(a People- & Planet-Friendly Portal & Guide)

On this page you will find a diversity of places where you can get back in touch with nature and gain new experiences, skills and inspiration. You will find organic gardens, nature retreats, strawbale homes, wilderness trips, solar power, ecovillages, permaculture and more. You can participate in guided tours, demonstrations, workshops, courses, outdoor activities, school programs, volunteer/barter opportunities, apprenticeships and site rentals. Some of these centres offer work-exchange opportunities – you offer your help in return for accommodation, food, tuition and/or mentorship, for anywhere from a day to an entire year. You will find links to places across Canada, the USA and worldwide. Please let us know if we've missed anything! This page is: (a not-for-profit service, supported by donations)

(1) Eco-Experience Centres & Ecovillages
(2) Parks, Outdoors & Nature
(3) Resource Centres, Groups & Gathering Places
(4) Environmental Stores
(5) Bookstores & Catalogues
(6) Community Information Centres & Libraries
(7) Alternative Schools
(8) Environmental Education, College & University Programmes
(9) Workshops, Courses & Event Listings
(10) Sustainable Living Links
(11) Outdoors & Travel Safety

People- & Planet-Friendly Events & Resources

(1) Eco-Experience Centres & Ecovillages

There is a growing number of environmental, ecological, or sustainable living Learning Centres across Ontario and Canada. Also, ecovillages around the world serve as living demonstrations of organic, sustainable living. Why not participate in a workshop, volunteer, or inquire about apprenticeship & work opportunities?

Some of these centres have very active programs, as well as a variety of volunteer, barter and apprenticeship opportunities. The offerings vary greatly from one centre to another, and from year to year. Workshop schedules are usually posted on their websites in late winter or early spring. The best way not to miss out is to e-mail centres that interest you, and ask them to send their calendar when it comes out.

Please note that some of these centres are operated from peoples homes, without corporate or government funding. Please be considerate in your requests. Do not contact home-based centres later than eight or nine in the evening, unless they specify otherwise. Try to ask not only what they can offer you, but what you can offer them – if only willing hands and an open mind!

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Ontario, Canada
(for places within the city of Toronto, please see next section)

Kortright Centre for Conservation (just NW of Toronto)

Canada's largest environmental education centre. 800 acres including a river valley, marshes, meadows & forests, 16 km of trails, visitor centre, green energy exhibits, year-round guided walks, special events and education programming. Kortright produces much of its own power and processes its own waste water. Annual series of solar & wind power workshops in their renewable energy cottage, powered by wind & sun. Volunteer opps. (Vaughan, ten minutes north of Toronto). (TRCA)

Everdale Organic Farm and Environmental Learning Centre (NW of Toronto)

Everdale is a non-profit organization which operates two organic teaching farms: one in Hillsburgh (Wellington County) and one in Toronto’s Black Creek community. Everdale’s mission is to provide hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities. To accomplish this, Everdale delivers a wide range of practical learning programs to people of all ages and backgrounds including farmer training, school programs, food and farming workshops and public events. Opportunities to become involved with Everdale include volunteering, becoming a member of the Harvest Share community-shared agriculture program, attending workshops and participating in Everdale’s Farmers Growing Farmers training programs. More information:

Whole Village (NW of Toronto)

A group of people from a variety of backgrounds, singles and families who have come together to build an ecovillage in conjunction with a biodynamic farm. We have purchased a 190 acre farm near Caledon, northwest of Toronto. Info meetings; weekend workbees, workshops and other events. Volunteer opportunities. (click on "FAQ"). View recent messages from the e-mail list:

Ecology Retreat Centre (near Orangeville)

Nestled among the Niagara Escarpment hills, adjacent to the beautiful Bruce Trail. Surrounded by 200 acres of natural forest, hills and valleys, open meadows and three spring-fed streams, a pond, an organic garden and orchard, and an endless network of trails. Year-round calendar of events, workshops, courses and retreats. Workshops include: Living Off The Grid; Strawbale Construction; Permaculture Fundamentals Course. Rental facilities: in our natural rustic setting, groups may run their own programs, workshops & seminars. In the Hockley Valley, near Orangeville, 50km north of Toronto Airport. More information: 1-800-486-5460 519-941-4560

Ignatius Farm & Ignatius Jesuit Centre (just north of Guelph ON)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm/gardens, Retreat Centre, Ecology Project, trails, orchard & farm, internships, workshops, office space. Ignatius Farm has been under the management of the Canadian Jesuits since 1913, encompassing a variety of activities, including organic livestock and apple production, and a retreat centre. In 2001, the Ignatius Farm's "Community Shared Agriculture" program was born. Our mission is to foster community, while affirming commitment to the land and the environment. Location: just north of Guelph, Ontario. Ignatius: CSA:

Diversity Gardens (St. Agatha, north of Waterloo ON)

Hands-on training in growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers using organic techniques. Learning gardens; workshops; tours; gardening bees; Master Organic Gardener course; Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program; wildcraft & plant sales. When completed, the site will have: perennial gardens; edible landscaping demo; water wise demo; forest food walk; organic espalier fruit; winter garden; educational greenhouse; demonstration kitchen; organic library; washrooms; wildcrafting studios; hummingbird garden; more. Volunteers needed (tours, workshops, sales, gardening, more). Diversity Gardens | more

YMCA Environmental Learning Centre (west of Waterloo ON)

Earth-friendly buildings surrounded by 77 acres of wetland ponds, grassy meadows & mixed forest. Features include solar & wind power; human-powered rowing and bicycle generators; solar water heating panels; compact fluorescent lighting; an off-the-grid building; corn stoves, masonry & infrared heaters; natural, recycled & salvaged construction materials; low flush & composting toilets; greywater filtration; living machine; solarium; greenhouse wall; living roof. Hosts outdoor education programs for area organizations and school groups; site tours available. Rentals. Paradise Lake, St. Clements, 15 minutes NW of Waterloo, Ontario. KW YMCA | Outdoor Centre

Acorus Restoration (on Lake Erie)

A native plant nursery working towards the enhancement & creation of natural areas in the Lower Great Lakes Basin. Providing wholesale & retail native wetland, prairie, meadow and woodland wildflowers, grasses and trees since 1995. Our plants are thriving across the province, in restoration sites, storm water ponds, families' backyards, school yards, and of course on our own farm. Also, working towards the use of alternative energies and building resources; organic and Integrated Pest Management practices in our greenhouses. A 95-acre former tobacco farm with a variety of natural features including prairie, remnant oak savannah, wet meadow, a ravine system and meandering creek, slough and upland forest. Workshops, guided walks & tours: Prairie, Meadow, Wetland, Wet Meadow Restoration; Gardening with Native Plants & Wildflowers; Natural Landscaping. Internships (biodiversity, horticulture & restoration ecology). South of Woodstock near Long Point on Lake Erie, in southwestern Ontario.

Meeting Place Organic Farm (Goderich/Kincardine area ON)

Diversified 100-acre organic farm, gardens, woodlot, apple orchard, sheep, Belgian work horses, cows, pigs, chickens and ducks. Large garden (Community Supported Agriculture/CSA) grows vegetables for 50 families. Passive solar house. Apprenticeships; short term one-on-one training by special arrangement. Hands-on training in draft horse farming, farm husbandry, diversified small farm management, organic vegetable and herb production, and CSA garden management. Operated by Fran & Tony McQuail (co-founder of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario). Northwest of Kitchener-Waterloo, near Goderich. Meeting Place Organic Farm.

Kimbercote Retreat Centre (Thornbury/Collingwood area ON)

A not-for-profit retreat centre on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, adjacent to the Bruce Trail. A warm and sympathetic meeting and retreat space for organizations promoting social justice and environmental issues. Century farmhouse, meeting room, lounge, fully equipped kitchens, barn, trails. Accessible rates for special interest groups, as part of our mandate to encourage and support socially conscious organizations. Workshops, workbees & events. Near Collingwood, about two hours north of Toronto.

The Living Centre / Spirit of the Earth (near London ON)

An eco-spiritual education and healing sanctuary; life-inspiring programs and services to people seeking greater health and vitality in their personal life and careers. The principal courses offered at The Living Centre integrate physical, emotional, spiritual and ecological health and well-being as the four essential factors in achieving human potential, success, and creating a healthy, happy, balanced life and society. You are welcomed to join us to learn, heal and reconnect with your soul in our beautiful 50 acres of gardens and forest. New in 2009: Forest Gardening workshops and apprenticeships. More information: (what is Forest Gardening | more )

Gamiing Centre for Sustainable Lakeshore Living (between Lindsay and Peterborough ON)

Assisting lakeshore landowners to balance human desires with the needs of wildlife and lakeshore eco-systems. Demonstration site for sound environmental practice for lakeshore dwellers; source of native trees and plants for lakeshore restoration projects; helping landowners to plan and design the best possible shoreline project; land is placed in trust with the Kawartha Heritage Conservancy to conserve for future generations. Our desire is to preserve a natural shoreline and its surrounding property in perpetuity while creating a dynamic natural venue to which the public can come for relaxation, reflection, and interactive education in the aspects of low-impact sustainable lakeshore living. Volunteer & apprenticeship opportunities. On Pigeon Lake, east of Lindsay.

Russet House Farm (formerly SunRun Centre) (north of Lindsay ON)

Russet House Farm is owned by a community of people with a commitment to sustainable living, creation care, and environmental education. The farm uses wind and solar-voltaic energy production and raises rare breed Kerry cattle and free-range poultry. On an intensive one-acre plot the community also grow organic fruits and vegetables. The large garden is worked almost entirely by hand. The produce feeds the four households throughout the year and surplus is sold to a food coop in Toronto or donated to homeless ministries. The farm also functions as a place of learning. From April to October, Russet House Farm opens its doors to volunteers who spend the morning working in the garden in exchange for lunch and an afternoon of wandering the trails or touring the farm buildings and gardens. In addition, workshops, retreats, and conferences are held periodically.

Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre (near Dorset ON)

The Leslie M. Frost Centre has a rich history of environmental and outdoor education dating back to the early 1900's. Surrounded by 24,000 hectares of towering forest. Near Dorset, Ontario. Newly re-opened in 2008 as the Frost Centre Institute:

Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve (north of Haliburton ON)

50,000 acres of forest and lakes, bordering Algonquin Park. Wilderness adventure activities including the Wolf Centre, Walk in the Clouds forest canopy tour, mountain biking, dogsledding, hiking, wildlife observation, wilderness camping and accommodation.

Algonquin Tea Company (Algonquin Park/Pembroke area ON)

Edible & medicinal plant walks/garden tours; occasional workshops; four week hands-on apprenticeship programs. Volunteer opportunities. Ethically wildcrafted and certified organic herbs, permaculture forest gardening, 200-acre homestead. Two locations: Whitney (by Algonquin Park) and Golden Lake.

Potter’s Earthship / Turtle School (near Bancroft)

A solar-powered home built with many hard working hands out of popcans, tires, sand and concrete (an earthship). Tours and hands-on experiential workshops (energy-efficient organic gardening; herb spiral construction; introduction to earth homes; greywater recycling systems; earth home construction). Near Gilmour and Bancroft, Ontario. The Potter's Earthship

Maison Tucker House (Rockland, just east of Ottawa)

A charitable retreat and environmental learning centre. Tucker House exists to provide a healthy haven for relaxation, inspiration and education, all in a historic, serene and chemical-free natural environment. A stately Georgian mansion built in 1870 of local materials. Surrounded by 30 acres of lawns, mixed woods, meadows, nature trails, playing fields and organic gardens. Also: swimming pool, barn, trailer sites with hydro and drinking water, a large area for group or individual camping, and ample parking. Six upstairs bedrooms can accommodate groups of up to 20 people; fully equipped kitchen; spacious living room and a large dining room with a cozy fireplace. Programs: Country Fun Nature (day) Camp; Eco-Gardening Project (organic garden plots; training & practice in ecological gardening; future Community Supported Agriculture project); Seeds of Hope Organic Gardening Course; Nature walks, retreats & workshops. Half an hour's drive east of Ottawa.

Canadian Ecology Centre (near Mattawa, east of North Bay)

Courses & outdoors activities; meeting & conference space for small and large groups. Individual & group accom. EcoCamp and other camps and credit courses for high school students.

More in Ontario

Earthlodge (near Peterborough)
Thom's Earthship (between Guelph & Orangeville, near Everdale - see above) link
Wilson Natural Home (near Orangeville)

Wwoof Homes, Gardens & Farms: Wwwoof Canada has listings of ninety organic farms, gardens and businesses across Ontario, plus many more across Canada. While many of these don't give structured workshops, events or formal apprenticeships, they do offer remarkable opportunities for those who thrive in less structured settings and have good communication skills and work habits. By working in exchange for your room, food and instruction, these opportunities are available free of charge (except for a small membership fee). See

(see also "Other Listings of Learning Centres & Places", below)

Toronto, Ontario

Sustainable Living Network (events, workshops, books, volunteering, summer jobs) 416-410-7581
Grassroots Environmental Products
(products, books, magazines, workshops, bulletin board) 372 Danforth (Chester subway) 416-466-2841 and 408 Bloor W. (Bathurst subway) 416-944-1993 .
Humber Arboretum's Centre for Urban Ecology,
205 Humber College Blvd. (gardens, natural areas, nature programs; new EcoCentre planned with wind & solar power, strawbale construction, composting toilets and more) (click "EcoCentre" or go to:
238 Queen W. (lower level, rear side entrance) and Field to Table Centre, 200 Eastern Ave. (food, community gardening, publications, events, workshops & workbees, volunteering, bulletin board, living machine)
Karma Food Co-op, 739 Palmerston Ave., near Bathurst subway. (Toronto's only storefront member food co-op) (tours, volunteer & barter opportunities, events)
Ward's Island & Algonquin Island
(North America's only car-free community) Ferry from the foot of Bay St., $5 return.
Toronto Outdoor Education Schools (2)
Jewish Nature Centre of Canada
Progressive Toronto Events, Courses, Workshops, Groups
Green Tourism Assoc. (Toronto) (publishes the "Other Map of Toronto")
See also (below): Parks; Resource Centres; Environmental Stores, Bookstores, Libraries, Alternative Schools, Workshops & Events

Ottawa & Eastern Ontario

Ottawa Environmental Resource Centres, Learning Centres, Eco-Retreats: Ottawa Environmental Directory

Eastern Ontario Environmental Resource Centres, Learning Centres, Eco-Retreats: Ottawa Environmental Directory

Other Listings of Learning Centres & Places in Ontario

Wwoof Canada (hundreds of organic gardens, farms & businesses across Canada)
Learning Centres & Places
Organic Farming & Gardening Apprenticeships/Internships
Ecotourism in Ontario (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
Ecovillages & Alternative Communities ,
Retreats Online (directory of retreat centres)
Ontario Farm & Country Accommodations (please note that many of these are not organic)
Environmental Groups & Organizations
Environmental Educators
Outdoor Educators
Progressive Events, Courses, Workshops, Groups in Ontario

Atlantic Canada

Falls Brook Centre (New Brunswick) (sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, eco-forestry, international projects)
Windhorse Farm / Seed to Seed / Maritime Ecoforestry School (Nova Scotia)
A Ripple Project (Nova Scotia)
Nappan Project (Nova Scotia) (formative stages)
Institute for Bioregional Studies (PEI)
Strawbale Houses in Nova Scotia
More Organic Farms & Gardens, Businesses, Homesteads:
Environmental Groups: Nova Scotia: PEI: N.B. Nwfd.


Guide Bio et Nature Montréal

Western Canada

Kootenay Permaculture Institute (British Columbia)
Linnaea Farm
(Cortes Island, British Columbia)
The Garden Path
(Victoria, British Columbia)
Sustainable Living Bus
(British Columbia)
Cochrane Ecological Institute
(Cochrane, Alberta)
Alberta Sustainable Home
(Calgary) Env. Educ. Ctr.
The Garden Institute
(Edmonton, Alberta)
Ecovillages & Cohousing (tours, events, workshops, volunteer)
Environmental Groups: Manitoba: Sask: Alberta: BC:


Learning Centres & Places
Progressive Events, Courses, Workshops, Groups in Canada
Ecovillages & Alternative Communities in Canada ,
Wwoof Canada (hundreds of organic gardens, farms & businesses across Canada)
Organic Farming & Gardening Apprenticeships/Internships
Strawbale Homes in Canada (partial listing; tours, open houses )
Model Forests in Canada (see the map for links)
Environmental Education & Communication
Canadian Environment Network (click on "networks" for links/referrals to environmental groups across Canada)
The Green Pages
Post Secondary Environmental Studies Programmes please see section 8, below

Summer Camps in Ontario & Canada
(mostly for children and teens; also have adult programs and available for rentals)

Camp Arowhon (in Algonquin Park) (2)
Bark Lake Leadership Camp (south of Haliburton)
Camp Kawartha (near Lakefield, Ontario)
Camp Tamakwa (in Algonquin Park)
More Eco-Camps in Ontario and Canada
More Camps in Canada and beyond
(see also Provincial Parks and Conservation Areas, below).


Eco-Schools Directory
Permaculture Institutes
Campus-Based Green Building Projects green building projects:
Environmental & Ecology Centers By State
Environmental Education Centers (Google search)
Organic Volunteers (much more than organics)
Ecovillages in the Americas,,
Wwoofing in the U.S.A. , , , , ,

Living Routes (college-level semester & summer programmes based in Ecovillages around the world; formerly known as Geocommons)
Institute for Social Ecology (Vermont) (workshops, courses & B.A. degree)
Earthaven Ecovillage / Culture's Edge
(North Carolina) (permaculture and other topics)
Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm
Twin Oaks Community
(Virginia) (click on "Tours", "3-week Visitor Program", "Internships" and "We are an Ecovillage")
Ecovillage at Ithaca (Ithaca, New York) (see also "Living Routes", above, or to arrange a visit, click on "more about Frog"; scroll down to "arrange a visit")
The Good Life Center (Helen & Scott Nearing) (Maine)
Eco-Learning Centre (Michigan)
Marianist Environmental Education Centre (Ohio)
Center for Sustainable Living (Indiana)
Occidental Arts & Ecology Centre (California)
Solar Living Institute (California)
Campus Centre for Appropriate Technology (California)
Lost Valley Educational Centre (Oregon)
Aprovecho (Oregon)


Wwoof (thousands of organic gardens, farms & businesses around the world)
Ecovillages & Intentional Communities
Environmental Education & International Education
Budget Travel – Budget travel is not only cheaper, but is in many ways better. It tends to be much more educational, experential and "real".
Youth Hostels
– especially rural hostels, which are an undiscovered gem for all ages. They offer private as well as shared accomodation and many educational and recreational opportunities)
Ecotourism & Working

Keywords & Concepts – Definitions & Links

Definitions and links for some of the words used above:
organic · permaculture · herbs · community supported agriculture (CSA)
ecological restoration · stewardship · native plants (2) · organic landscaping
intentional community · healthy community · ecovillage · co-op (2) (3) (4)
solar power · wind power · renewable energy · living machines (2) (3) (4) (5)
strawbale homes · earthships · off the grid · composting toilets · greywater systems
sustainable living · healthy homes (2) · healthy renovations (2) · green products (2)
environment · ecology · nature · eco-forestry · ecospirituality (2) (3)
social justice · wwoof (2) · volunteer · barter · outdoors (2) (3)

See also Sustainable Living Links and the Ecoportal.

World-Wide Orientation to Organic Farms & Gardens (WWOOF)

An amazing diversity of organic farms, gardens and businesses have opportunities – from a few days to a few months – where you can work in exchange for accomodation, organic home-cooked meals, learning and fun. Locations across Canada and around the world. Working/learning opportunities vary from organic farming & gardening, to cooking, carpentry, business admin, creative work, childcare, solar power, sustainable living skills. Everything is negotiated between you and the host. From solar-powered to strawbale homes, from herbs to orchards to rare-breed cattle, from swimming holes to gourmet cooking – the variety is endless. Year-round; all ages. Membership is $30/year; this gets you a fascinating booklet describing over 400 organic farms, gardens & businesses across Canada. Also known as Willing Workers On Organic Farms. Canada: John Vanden Heuvel, WWOOF Canada, 4429 Carlson Road, Nelson, BC, Canada, VIL 6X3. Tel. 250-354-4417 (please call Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Pacific Time).
USA: , , , , , Worldwide: ,
See also:
Organic Opportunity
(food, gardening & agriculture – links, resources & opportunities)
Learning Centres & Places in North America

They Call It "Wwoofing"

"Imagine yourself waking up to a crystal clear sky, and the sounds of birds, bees, and livestock all busy with activity. The warmth of a summer's breeze is caressing your face as you rise to survey the garden beds for signs of new growth, your eyes squinting into the morning sun for signs of furry visitor sin distant orchard or vineyard. You finish your morning chores and head for the kitchen to help the others with breakfast, bathed in the aroma of fresh apples, herbs, eggs and pancakes with home-made maple syrup. Soon, it's off to the barn for more communal chores. And so your simple day goes. Though there seems no end to the work to be done, you enjoy it and feel truly blessed. And after a time, it dawns on you. You haven't left the homestead in days or even weeks. You haven't needed any outside help or entertainment. And you haven't needed any money or excessive possessions. Nature has provided everything you needed to live well." – Orion Wilson (who has wwoofed extensively in Ontario, Canada) (see or for more information and links)

Create Community Anywhere

How to Find & Create Community Anywhere

People- & Planet-Friendly Events & Resources

(2) Parks, Outdoors & Nature

Where better to experience nature than out of doors? Many of these parks and organizations also offer information centres, interpretive programs, courses, volunteer and paid opportunities. However, if your goal is to learn how to live sustainably – indoors or out – be sure to check out the Learning Centres & Ecovillages section, above.

Toronto & Area
Toronto Parks
Toronto & Region Conservation
Toronto Field Naturalists
Toronto Zoo
Toronto Bruce Trail Club (walks and hikes in Toronto and on the trail)
Kortright Centre for Conservation (2)
(Some) outdoor clubs in Toronto
Ward's Island & Algonquin Island, North America's only car-free community

Conservation Areas
Provincial Parks
Hike Ontario
Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association
Federation of Ontario Naturalists
Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society
Stewardship Councils (click on "Map of Councils")
Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario
Outdoor Recreation

Canada & Worldwide
Parks Canada
Model Forests in Canada
Outdoor Recreation

People- & Planet-Friendly Events & Resources

(3) Resource Centres, Groups & Gathering Places

Many cities and towns have some kind of green/public interest resource centre, where you can find a wide variety of literature, books and videos well as information about courses, workshops, local groups and opportunities. Failing that, the offices of local groups are likely to have some resources to browse or purchase. Other places where you can find both information and community: independent bookstores, natural food stores, food co-ops, libraries, farmers markets, churches and mosques, college & university student councils, and community centres. Ask for a community bulletin board with local events, volunteer opps., skills exchange, car-sharing, etc.

Ontario Public Interest Research Groups (OPIRG)
Note: if any of the links are bad, try also or
Guelph: OPIRG-Guelph, 1 Trent Lane, Univ. of Guelph, 519-824-2091 ,
Hamilton: OPIRG-McMaster, Hamilton Hall 210, McMaster Univ., 905-525-9140 ext.27289
Kingston: OPIRG-Kingston, 3rd Floor Common Room, John Deutch University Centre, University Ave. at Union St. (NE corner), Queens Univ. 613-533-3189
Ottawa: OPIRG-Carleton, 326 Unicentre, Carleton Univ. 613-520-2757
Ottawa: OPIRG-Ottawa, 631 King Edward Ave., Univ. of Ottawa. 613-230-3076
Peterborough: OPIRG-Peterborough, 740 Water St. 705-748-1767
St. Catharines: OPIRG-Brock, Alumni Student Centre, Rm 306, Brock Univ. 905-688-5550 Ext. 3499
Toronto: OPIRG-Toronto, 563 Spadina Ave, #101, U of T. 416-978-7770
Toronto: OPIRG-York, C449 Student Centre (4th floor), York Univ. 416-736-5724
Waterloo: WPIRG, Student Life Centre, Room 2139, U. of Waterloo. 519-888-4882
Windsor: OPIRG-Windsor, Grad House, 458 Sunset Ave., Univ. of Windsor. 519-253-3000 ext. 3872 or 519-253-1745.Resource Centre: in the Leddy Library.
Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, BC: (scroll down to "Other PIRGs")

Alternative Resource Centres
Guelph: Guelph International Resource Centre, 151 Waterloo Ave. 519-822-3110
Oakville: Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Environment & Human Rights, 148 Kerr St., Oakville (just N. of Lakeshore), 905-849-5501
Ottawa: Peace & Environment Resource Centre (PERC), 174 First Ave. (at Bank), top floor 613-230-4590
Toronto: Toronto Vegetarian Association, 2300 Yonge #1101, 416-544-9800
Waterloo: Global Community Centre, Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Market Square, Lower Level, 25 Frederick St, Kitchener. 519-570-0955 Focus: developing countries around the world

Environmental Resource Centres
Sustainability Network (resources on their website, also events, workshops, and mailable resources) 416-922-9038 x44
Toronto: Canadian Environmental Law Association, 517 College Street, Suite 401. 416-960-2284
Toronto: Greenpeace, 250 Dundas W., #605. 416-597-8408 .
Georgetown: Wastewise (Halton Hills) Community Resource Centre, 36 Armstrong, Georgetown. 905-873-8122
Sustainable Living Resources ,

Environmental Groups
There are over 700 environmental groups in Ontario alone. Some of these have resource centres.
Ontario Environment Network 705-840-2888
Environmental Resource Book (describing over 700 environmental groups in Ontario) $10-$25. 705-840-2888
Green Ontario
The Green Pages links (Canada)
Canadian Environnent Network (click on "networks") 613-728-9810.
Green Party 1-888-647-3366 416-929-2397
USA: , ,

Peace, Human Rights & Social Justice Groups
Peace Groups
Centre for Social Justice (Canada)
416-927-0777 x225
Ontario Coalition for Social Justice
Metro Network for Social Justice (Toronto)
416-351-0095 x237
Democracy Watch (Canada)
Council of Canadians
Corporate Watch , , , ,
Media Watch , , , , , , , ,
More: , , , , ,
USA & international: ,

Other Gathering Places
Food Co-ops, Natural Food Stores, Farmers Markets

Create Community Anywhere
How to Find & Create Community Anywhere

People- & Planet-Friendly Events & Resources

(4) Environmental Stores

In addition to the products they sell, many of these stores offer helpful information, books, magazines, workshops, and bulletin boards with event, workshop and course listings.

Grassroots Environmental Products, Environmentally friendly products; gifts; books; magazines; non-toxic household & personal care supplies; bulletin board; bikeshare hub; used battery & Britta filter drop-off; workshops; more. 372 Danforth (Chester subway) 416-466-2841 and 408 Bloor W. (Spadina subway) 416-944-1993. Phone orders & delivery: 1-888-633-5833.
The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave. (Chester subway) Organic & natural food store, magazines, some classes & workshops, bulletin board, meeting room)
Karma Co-op 739 Palmerston (near Bathurst subway). Toronto's only storefront member food co-op. Tours, volunteer & barter opportunities, events, "trial shops" for non-members. Organic and natural food, non-toxic household supplies, magazines, bulletin board.
Birders Nature Stores, 265 Eglinton W. 416-481-2431 & 2100 Bloor W.416-604-9272
Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada's leading supplier of quality outdoor gear & clothing. Focusing on healthy, environmentally friendly "self-propelled" activities: hiking, cycling, camping, paddling, skiing, etc. Rentals, repairs, knowledgeable staff. Bulletin boards of events, groups, buy & sell. Locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal (March 2003), Halifax.
Fair Trade Stores – Alternative Grounds (coffee & tea) 333 Roncesvalles 416-534-6335 ; Ten Thousand Villages (handicrafts) 362 Danforth 416-462-9779; 2599 Yonge 416-932-1673; Mennonite Centre Store 2701 St. Clair E. 416-757-8757.

Ottawa: Arbour Environmental Shoppe, 800 Bank St. Also: on-line shopping, phone & mail order. 613-567-3168
Canada: Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada's leading supplier of quality outdoor gear & clothing. Focusing on "self-propelled" activities: hiking, cycling, camping, paddling, skiing, etc. Locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax.
Canada: Fair Trade stores across Canada: Transfair Canada (click on Transfair Canada, then Transfair Canada's Licensees (or try this link). Related background/article:
USA: Real Goods
Food Co-ops, Natural Food Stores, Farmers Markets:

People- & Planet-Friendly Events & Resources

(5) Bookstores & Catalogues

Grassroots Environmental Products
- books, magazines and many other products. 372 Danforth (Chester subway) 416-466-2841 and 408 Bloor W. (btwn. Spadina & Bathurst) 416-944-1993 (website shows only a few of their products)
Sustainable Living Books (at events or by appointment) 416-410-7581
Another Story Bookstore, 164 Danforth (E. of Broadview subway) 416-462-1104
GlobalAware Info Shop
This Ain't The Rosedale Library't_the_Rosedale_Library |
A Different Booklist
, 746 Bathurst, (Bathurst subway) 416-538-0889
DEC Bookroom
, 836 Bloor W. at Shaw. (just E. of Ossington subway) 416-516-2966
Uprising Books 6A Kensington, 416-516-2966,
Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord (just W. of Spadina) 416-922-8744
The Big Carrot (magazines & natural food), 348 Danforth (Chester subway) 416-466-2129
More: Book City, World's Biggest Bookstore, Pages Books & Magazines...
Canada: ,
(in mainstream bookstores, ask for the environment, politics, or social sciences sections)

Book catalogues, on-line shopping & mail order
Natural Life Books: books for sustainable living (Canada)
Chelsea Green: books for sustainable living (USA)
Yes Magazine book reviews
New Society Publishing: sustainable living, environment, community, conflict, more (USA)
Seasoned Booksellers hard to find and out of print books on sustainability, renewable energy, wilderness adventures and back-to-the-land skills (USA)
Real Goods: books, CD's & videos (USA)
Sustainable Living Books 416-410-7581 (website launch early 2003)
Detour Publications: transportation & urban ecology (books & videos) (Canada)
New Internationalist Books (click "books")
Eco Books (USA)
Community Bookshelf (USA)
Food & Gardening books
Alternative bookstores & publishers (Canada)
Resources for Radicals (large bibliography of print resources, $12)

Green Economics & Sustainable Business Books

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(6) Community Information Centres & Libraries

Community Information Centres
Toronto: 416-397-4636 or dial 211 (information on social service and government agencies)

Canada: ,

Create Community Anywhere
How to Find & Create Community Anywhere

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(7) Alternative Schools

Alternative Schools & Approaches – Alternative Schools Worldwide
Waldorf Schools in Canada and worldwide – | more
Homeschooling & Unschooling Homeschooling | Unschooling | Ontario Diversity in Education Conference
Education Issues & Reform – Google Directory | Learning_Theories
Toronto: Toronto Outdoor Education Schools | EcoSchools | Toronto Island School (2) (3) (4) | Downtown Alternative School

(8) Environmental Education, Colleges & Universities
Schools, Programmes, Resources

Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and other related fields...

Mostly Post-Secondary
Environmental Studies Programmes in Canada (at universities) – Alternatives Journal's Environmental Education Directory (2) | The Green Student
Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC)
Environment related Post-Secondary Programs in Canada – you will need to log in or sign up, then try this direct link.
USA: Environmental Courses & Programmes – Environmental College Programs in the USA | Google Directory (2) | Web Directory | North American Alliance for Green Education | Environmental Education (2) | Google Search (2) | Second Nature | Ecological Society | Renewable Energy | Sustainable Agriculture 

Specific Schools & Programmes (post secondary)

Canadian Centre for Environmental Education (post graduate distance learning)
New University (Canada, forming)
Living Routes – Study Abroad in Ecovillages (USA & International)
Institute for Social Ecology (Vermont)
Organic, Permaculture, Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Education

Mostly Primary and Secondary
Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication (EECOM)
Ontario: Ontario Society for Environmental Education
Environment-Economy Education Society of Ontario
Ontario: Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario
Green Teacher Magazine
North American Association for Environmental Education

Environmental & Sustainablility Education – Other Resources & Directories
Environmental Education – Definition (Wikipedia article/stub)
Learning for a Sustainable Future
Education for a Sustainable Ontario
Education for Sustainable Development
Environmental Education – Google Directory | Yahoo Directory | Google Search
EEON – Environmental Education Ontario | Public Strategic Plan for Environmental Literacy & Sustainability Education
Canadian Environmental Networks, Directories, Groups & Organizations
Back to School? College? University?

Environmental Groups & Organizations
Evergreen –
Earth Day Canada –
Environmental Groups & Organizations in Canada – (click "regional networks")

Mainstream Education Links

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(9) Workshops, Courses & Event Listings

Here are several listings that valiantly try to cover workshops & courses from a variety of sources. Note that many of the learning centres and organizations listed above have their own listings... be sure to check out the websites or publications of the specific organizations that interest you.

People- & Planet-Friendly Calendar (mostly Ontario, plus major events from across Canada)
Organic & Ecological Agriculture Calendar (Canada & US)
The Green Pages Events (Canada)
Environment Canada's Calendar of Conferences & Events in Canada & worldwide
North America: | | (2) | |
Directory of Green & Progressive Calendars | EcoPortal Canada - "the gateway to everything eco"
(see also Environmental Education and the individual Learning Centres listed above)

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(10) Sustainable Living Links

People- & Planet-Friendly Events, Jobs, Resources
Sustainable Living Links
Organic Opportunities
The Green Pages (Canada)
Sustainable Communities Network (USA)
Natural Life Magazine (Canada)
Ontario Environment Network (Canada)
Alternative Media Directory

People- & Planet-Friendly – gateway to environment and sustainable living in Canada and beyond. Employment listings and Calendar with thousands of subscribers. Also: Portals & Guides on environmental and social themes; Forum and Bulletin Board; popular E-mail Newsletter. Look for our Green Products & Services directory, launching in late 2004.

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(11) Outdoors, Travel & Farm Safety

Outdoors Safety
Farm Safety
Travel Health & Safety
First Aid

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Learning Centres & Places Directory – directory of ecological & organic learning centres across Canada. A diversity of places where people of all ages and backgrounds can gain new experiences, skills and inspiration. Includes organic farms & gardens, strawbale & solar-powered homes, organic food co-ops, nature retreats, resource centres, environmental education centres, environmental stores, wilderness trips, ecovillages, university programmes, more. Guided tours, demonstrations, workshops, courses, outdoor activities, school programs, volunteer/barter opportunities, apprenticeships, site rentals.

Disclaimer: the "Learning Centres" and other places listed in this directory are not approved, endorsed or inspected by us. They are included here for your information only. Please use common sense and due diligence when visiting any of the centres. Please see also the section on safety, above.

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