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Where Will You Go: There's a world of environmental education opportunities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Where do you want to go? Where do you want to live?

What do you want to learn? What do you want to do with your education?

How will you put that passion to work for you and for the environment?

WELCOME to A\J's 2016 Education Guide, our 17Th dedicated directory of post-secondary environmental education, schools and programs across Canada. The theme of this year's guide is Where will you go? It's a recognition that the journey of environmental education is an interrelated confluence of geography aptitude and interests, and purpose. It will help you plan how to put your education to work for your benefit and for your community.

As many of you know, A\J was founded at Trent University in 1971, and we've been embedded within the environmental education world for 45 years. A\J is the official publication of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (esac.ca), and we're a proud founding member of the Canadian College & University Environmental Network (ccuen-rccue.ca). We've been fortunate to watch, with admiration and appreciation, the growing number of colleges and universities providing Canadians with more than 1000 programs to fuel the diversity of desires for environmental learning.

The impressive number of new programs and new institutions are providing vitally required new learning opportunities based upon real-world and market-facing needs. We need more urban agriculturalists, we need more oceanographers, we need more visual communicators, etc. Canadian colleges and universities have upped their game and are continually pioneering new solutions to address the evolving reality of environmental education and employment.

When we look to the Canadian post secondary environmental landscape, we see that there are destinations that will appeal to just about everyone's tastes and interests. It's a true national smorgasbord of academic opportunities that ranges from coast-to-coast-to-coast. There are schools on the water, schools in the North, schools in our biggest urban centres, and schools in our smaller, quainter communities. When we consider the importance of building relationships and personal development through environmental education, you, dear reader, will have lots of opportunities to expand your horizons to engage with a diverse range of fellow students who have joined your journey.

Online, we've provided you with a comprehensive listing of all the colleges and universities with environmental programs (ajmag. ca/collegeanduniversityprograms), complete with follow-up links, to guide you toward your decision. To further assist you as you ponder where you will go, we've also included a selection of graduate profiles--people like you who've put their passion for the environment to work after completing their educations. We hope their insights will inspire you as you consider your options and make your plans.

There are literally thousands of cool ecojobs and environmental careers that you can pursue. We've selected a few career profiles from a wonderful resource made available by our friends at ECO Canada (eco.ca/training/career-profiles), which we hope will be helpful in shaping your decision making.

We hope you enjoy this year's Education Guide, and we encourage everyone to take the extra time to ponder these questions: Where do you want to go? Where do you want to live? What do you want to learn? What do you want to do with your education? How will you put that passion to work for you and for the environment?

There is a world of opportunities awaiting you on the following pages --and that is just the first, tiny step in your education journey. We hope your journey culminates in that perfect career path, doing work that you truly love, with people that you truly care about, and doing it all in a part of this country that truly resonates with you and your evolving values.

So let's get started!
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