The Island Natural Science School was established in 1960 by the Toronto Board of Education. Originally, students in Grade 5 and 6 from downtown schools would come to the Island for one week, living in the school’s dorms. Students were taught programs designed to give them an appreciation and greater knowledge of nature
In February 1, 1999, the Island Natural Science School, along with the Island Public School was moved into their new building on Centre Island. This new building is a modern facility, incorporating the Island’s natural environment into it’s structure, both inside and outside.
Currently, students in Grade 5 and 6, from the inner core of the City of Toronto, visit the Island Natural Science School. Programs continue to focus on giving students experiences which allow interaction with and appreciation for nature, while incorporating the Ministry of Education curriculum.