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High School Outreach

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change is dedicated to enhancing environmental education at all levels and offers many high school outreach activities. We provide reach ahead resources and hands-on skill building to support and foster environmental, sustainability, and social justice education for the next generation. With our increasingly interconnected world and booming population, the need for active citizenship and environmental stewardship has never been greater.

From wetland conservation and planning sustainable cities to pushing for social justice and bringing about corporate social responsibility, the resources we offer in EUC will complement your EcoSchool’s EcoMandate and assist in your planning for Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) activities.

Virtual Lectures

Whether you’re teaching Regional Geography, Canadian and World Issues, Environmental Science, Resource Management, Equity and Social Justice, World Geography or covering relatable subjects in your curriculum, our virtual lectures by our professors will add something new.  Learn about environmental, geographic, and social justice topics, inspire future interests, and meet SHSM and EcoSchool requirements.

Fall 2021 Lecture Series

Bring our experts into your classroom to learn about some of the most pressing challenges facing people and the planet, and how our research is making positive change. See details below on the exciting sessions we are offering this Fall and register your class today!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink: What does a circular economy really mean?

Thursday, November 11 at 2pm

Presented by Calvin Lakhan, Post-doctoral Fellow and created of the Waste-Wiki.


Bad Reputation: Cormorants and Conservation

Monday, November 15 at 2pm

Presented by Professor Gail Fraser, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Whale jumping off the coast line

Whale Science and Conservation

Wednesday, November 24 at 2pm

Presented by Professor Leesa Fawcett, Graduate Program in Environmental Studies Director

Two researchers digging in snow in the North. Photo credit J. Korosi

The Science of Climate Change

Thursday, November 25 at 2pm

Presented by Professor Jennifer Korosi, Environmental Science Program Coordinator

Getting to know the geographies of Africa: Confronting popular stereotypes

Tuesday, December 7 at 2pm

Co- Presented by Professors Alison Bain, Global Geography Program Coordinator and Professor Joseph Mensah

Toxic Algal Blooms in Ontario Lakes: Causes and Management

Wednesday, December 8 at 2pm

Presented by Professor Emeritus Lewis Molot .

Listening to the Land: An Introduction to Environmental Justice and Storytelling

Thursday, December 2 at 2pm

Presented by Professor Deborah McGregor and the Indigenous Environmental Justice Project team


  • Offered online in Fall 2021
  • FREE for all high school groups
  • Open to all curriculums
  • Recommended for grade 10 to 12
  • Unlimited capacity, dependent on available technology platforms
  • Can be used as a Reach Ahead Activity for Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) in Environment, Energy, Arts & Culture, Non-Project and more!
  • Can be reported for EcoSchools Canada Certification
  • Great opportunity for high school environmental or social justice groups and ecoclubs to learn more about the pressing challenges facing people and the planet
  • Registration is required
  • Questions? Email us at




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Reach Ahead Workshop Series

We have developed a series of workshops geared toward inspiring your students to consider a career pathway that will make positive change for a better world. Book a workshop to help your students learn more about our new programs in environmental and urban change, to learn more about careers in environment, sustainability, and justice or simply to travel without moving by discovering our Las Nubes Ecocampus.

Please note: we will be offering our Workshop Series starting in Winter 2022.

Winter 2022 Workshop Series

Applying to University? Become a CHANGEmaker at York U!

Introducing YorkU’s newest Faculty: The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.  Join with us to learn about our program offerings in the Environment and Geography and how you can become a changemaker. 

Careers in the Environment

The Ecoboom has opened doors for professionals interested in studying the environment and sustainability outside traditional conservation roles.  Explore market trends, career pathways, and next steps for environmental careers in fields such as business, science, and government.

Careers in Geography

What can you do with a degree in Geography?  Discover how studies in Geography prepare you for job opportunities in law, science, technology and more exploring trends and career pathways.”

Discover our Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica

Take your students on a journey through the cultural and ecological beauty of the Las Nubes Biological Reserve, home to York University’s EcoCampus. Learn about species identification, Indigenous ways of knowing and community development in the Costa Rican rainforest.

Request a Virtual In-Class Workshop

Bring Your Class to Costa Rica: York University's Las Nubes EcoCampus

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change offers a 10-day program for high school students at our EcoCampus and other locations in Southern Costa Rica. This field course is rich in experiences that range from food production, forest ecosystems, Indigenous issues, Costa Rican history, rural culture and biodiversity conservation. The program has an immersive community-based approach, which builds on our long-standing relationships with different communities in Southern Costa Rica, including local producers, cooperatives, environmental groups and organizations and Indigenous communities, among others.

Registering in this program is a 2 month process (e.g. if you are planning a trip for March Break, you should start the process in January) and it’s offered throughout the year

This program is dependent on public health guidelines and restrictions.  Programming likely to continue in Winter 2022.

Learn more about High School Trips to our Las Nubes Ecocampus

EUC Shadow Program for Future Students

Do you have a great student who is passionate about environmental, geographical, and social change? Foster their love of the environment by encouraging them to take part in our EUC Shadow Program for Future Students. They will have the opportunity to meet with our students and admissions team, as well as, learn about our new undergraduate programs.

Offered Monday to Friday


SHSM Career Exploration/Reach Ahead

What Can Students Do?

  • Sit in on an online first or second year Environmental and Urban Change course
  • Meet with a current student
  • Chat with an Admissions Representative

Interested in attending an EUC Shadow day, please email us at

Change Your World Conference