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Inside Education


Business No: 101894319RR0001

We help students and teachers understand the science, technology and issues related to our environment and natural resources.

Inside Education


Our Mission

Inside Education helps teachers and students understand the science, technology, and issues related to our environment and natural resources. We create and deliver curriculum-relevant energy, environmental and natural resources education programs in topics related to forests, energy, and water. These programs consider multiple perspectives, promote critical thinking, and encourage responsible stewardship.

Our Vision

We envision a future generation of knowledgeable and critical thinkers, who understand important connections and relationships between the environment, economy, and society, and take responsible action as informed citizens and stewards of our natural resources.

About Inside Education

Who We Serve - We support teachers and students in the formal K-12 school system in Alberta. We serve schools in all geographic areas and school districts throughout the province, including urban, rural, remote, underserved, and aboriginal communities.

Our Education Programs - We create learning opportunities! We provide no-cost classroom presentations and student field studies; teacher professional development workshops and tours; classroom resource learning materials; grant opportunities and annual education summits for students and teachers.

 Our 2022 Impact

  • 25,001 students were directly impacted by our programming
  • 10,132 students attended our field programs
  • 515 teachers attended our professional development programs
  • 49 environmental and energy projects supported
  • 853 K-12 classrooms visited across 115 communities in Alberta
  • 655 students from across Alberta and northeast BC attended our youth summits

 Our People

  • We are guided by a volunteer board of 12 professionals
  • We employ 15 full-time staff who deliver programs across Alberta
  • We have 2 offices, in Calgary and Edmonton
  • We engage hundreds of subject matter experts and groups, who give their time to speak on our education workshops and youth summits


  • 2023 Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal - for our Executive Director, Steve McIsaac
  • 2022 Emerald Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award for our Executive Director, Steve McIsaac
  • 2022 Charity Village Conference & Awards Finalist - Best Nonprofit Employer
  • 2019 Forest Products Association of Canada - Demonstrating Outstanding Leadership in Working Partnership with Careers: The Next Generation & WorkWild
  • 2018 Alberta Teacher's Association Science Council - Distinguished Service Award
  • 2018 Canada's WatersNext Finalist - for our Program Director, Kathryn Wagner
  • 2018 Emerald Awards Finalist - Demonstration Forest Education Network
  • 2015 ASTech Foundation Award - for public awareness in science
  • 2015 Canadian Society of Association Executives - best website
  • 2014-15 North American Association for Environmental Education Award - for excellence in public education
  • 2013 Alberta Emerald Foundation Award - for teacher professional development
  • 2013 Alberta's Best Workplace Award - for working parents
  • 2013 Water's Next Award - for Navigate 2012, collaboration in water education
  • 2012 ECO Canada Environmental Employer of the Year Award - for human resources practices

Each year, the Jim Martin Legacy Fund, a fund developed upon the passing of our Founder, supports the participation of schools from Alberta's First Nations and Métis communities in Inside Education's youth summits.


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