2018 Adult Workshops at Kortright

The Kortright Centre for Conservation is pleased to offer a series of Naturalist Skills workshops designed to give participants a firm foundation in species identification, ecological significance, and biology, as well as memory aids and information about threats/challenges to health and survival. These workshops are also offered as an ‘Ontario Naturalist' certificate course. Visit the Adult Course websiite for more information.

Maple Syrup: From Tap to Table *NEW*

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $25 + HST
In this workshop you'll learn about the process of producing maple syrup from tap to table. You'll experience a personalized tour through the maple bush, sample our syrup, learn about tree identification, and see how our demonstration sugar shack runs.

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Gardening for the Birds *NEW*

Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $19 + HST
Creating a refuge in your own backyard will improve the lives of birds and other wildlife and it is a fun and rewarding activity for your family, too. Join Kristen Martyn as she explores how you can create a garden for the birds and other wildlife to enjoy. This presentation focuses on the four key elements of attracting wildlife as well as the use of specific types of plants (with emphasis on native plants).

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Spring Wildflowers*

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $79 + HST
April showers bring May flowers. Spring is a fantastic time for a walk in an Ontario park, especially before leaf-out. Hands on learning with an expert will teach you to identify many Ontario spring wildflowers like trout lily, trilliums, bloodroot, mayapple, hepatica and dutchman's breeches.

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Introduction to Nature Journaling

Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $29 + HST

Keeping a nature journal is a wonderful way to develop a personal connection with nature. Paired with a field guide and binoculars, a nature journal can be an excellent tool for improving your naturalist skills. This is an introductory class for participants of all backgrounds and abilities. Artistic ability, while helpful, is not a requirement for getting started with nature journaling. Instructor: Natalie Swaak

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Introduction to Nature Photography

Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $59 + HST
Learn the basics of Nature photography with professional photographer Max Skwarna. This in depth photography workshop will consist of two hours of instruction and practice on macro photography and two hours of in the field landscape photography. Cameras are not provided, please bring your own.

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Tree Identification*

Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $29 + HST
Join Natalie Swaak, an experienced urban forester for an interactive, hands-on training session to increase your Tree ID skills. This course will cover common tree species found in Ontario, natural history knowledge, keys and tips and tricks for identifying tree species.

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Bat ID and Survey Methods*

Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., $29 + HST
Learn about the only mammals that can fly and how their incredible echo-location system works! The evening will begin with a presentation covering a wide variety of bat related topics, including the species native to Ontario and threats such as White-nose Syndrome. The participants will then go out onto the Kortright Centre property to view live bats as they forage for insects overhead and identify them using sophisticated audio detection tools!

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Midnight Astronomy

Wednesday, July 18 (rain date of July 25), 8:30 p.m. to midnight, $45 + HST
Receive a detailed introduction to the basics of Astronomy through an indoor presentation. Learn your way around the night sky in an amazing portable planetarium. We'll venture out into the darkness for naked-eye viewing of constellations, more detailed observations with binoculars (provided) and viewing planets and deep-sky objects through telescopes of amateur astronomers.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies*

Saturday, July 14, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., $39 + HST
Learn about the fascinating biology and migration of some of the world's most ancient flying animals - the dragonflies and damselflies! Join Odonata expert David d'Entremont for a whirlwind tour of these strikingly beautiful insects and venture outdoors to learn some in-the-field identification while observing dragonflies and damselflies in their natural habitats.

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Butterflies of Ontario*

Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $79 + HST
This workshop will give you an up close look at these beauties of nature. Learn all about butterfly biology and identification, their amazing knack for mimicry and their role in our environment. Then go out and look for these incredible insects in the field. 

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Buzz on Bees*

Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $29 + HST
This workshop will give you an up-close look into the lives of these incredible insects. Learn all about bee biology and identification, their role in our environment, and the threats to their health. We will also tour the active hives and bee education centre at the Kortright Centre. Build a native bee habitat to take home.

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Introduction to Birding*

Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., $79 + HST
Bird watching is one of the most popular hobbies in North America. With a wide variety of birds living in our backyards, nearby parks and outdoor spaces, such popularity is easy to understand. This workshop is a fun and educational introduction to birding and covers topics including: bird identification, bird anatomy, how to choose and use binoculars and where/when to look for birds in Ontario. Join Kristen Martyn, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie and expert birder, to learn the basics of birding.

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Birding Tour of Kortright*NEW*

Sunday, September 9, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., $69+HST
Join, Kristen Martyn, expert birder and Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie for a day exploring the Kortright Centre property. The Kortright Centre is a local hotspot for bird activity. In addition to our resident bird species, we?ll watch for fall migrants, including warblers and other songbirds and raptors. Binoculars will be provided but please bring your own if you have them.

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Reptiles of Ontario*

Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., $45 + HST
A hands-on workshop featuring live reptiles from around the province! Learn how to identify and conserve Ontario's snakes, turtles, and lizard from Jeff Hathaway of Scales Nature Park. Learn threats and conservation issues key identification features, distribution, handling techniques, and much more! Participants will have the opportunity to handle various live species.

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Methods in Environmental Education*

Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., $69 + HST
An important part of being a naturalist is sharing your knowledge with others. This full day session will cover the current methods and practices in environmental education. You will gain hands-on experience in delivering environmental education programming and work with an experienced outdoor educator to learn the principles of environmental education.

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Birds of Prey*

Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., $45 + HST
Join Wild Ontario's naturalists for an evening all about birds of prey!  In the first part of this program we'll cover the basics of biology, natural history and identification.  Then meet some of Wild Ontario's special (feathered) guests, up close and personal. Finally, head out for a walk on the trails as we try to hear, or maybe even see, some of Kortright's elusive nocturnal inhabitants.

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* These workshops are also offered together as an 'Ontario Naturalist' certificate course. See the adult courses page of the website for more information.