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Elementary

For more than three decades, the Kortright Centre for Conservation has been providing quality, hands-on environmental education to students outside the classroom. Our suite of programs for youngsters in kindergarten through Grade 8 includes topical, curriculum-linked lessons featuring some of the most innovative technologies in Canada.

NEW! Early Years Forest School Program

This inquiry-based two-hour program is specifically designed for Early Years Centers. Children interact with the natural environment through stationed activities that can include loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, fire, knots, making woodland crafts and sharing stories.

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WHY BRING YOUR ELEMENTARY CLASS TO KORTRIGHT?

Our programs focus on learning through direct observation and participation in outdoor activities that will allow students to discover fascinating facts about the plant and wildlife populations and their interactions within these ecosystems.

Each topic emphasizes the individual’s role and responsibility in maintaining a healthy environment through sustainable living practices.

All programs are designed to meet curriculum expectations at the grade levels specified, and are presented by experienced professional instructors.

students on the boardwalk at Kortright Centre

PROGRAM PRICING

Regular Price


Per Class
(Up to a maximum of 30 students)

Half-Day Program: $200

Full-Day Program: $375

Special Program Price


Per Class
(Up to a maximum of 30 students)

Team Building and Low Ropes (half day): $220

Team Building and Low Ropes (full day): $400

Maple Syrup (two hours): $220

School Spirit Day: $400

Material Fee


Per Class

Habitat Analysis: $10

GPS/Geocaching: $15

young boys hike nature trails at Kortright Centre for Conservation

FIND A PROGRAM

By Grade Level

  • APPRECIATION OF NATURE

    This seasonally based program uses sensory awareness activities to introduce young children to nature. This program introduces very young children…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • APPRECIATION OF NATURE

    This seasonally based program uses sensory awareness activities to introduce young children to nature. This program introduces very young children…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • FOREST SCHOOL

  • HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK

    Have you ever wondered why we dress in fanciful costumes, go out trick-or-treating and carve pumpkins for Halloween? Come and…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INSECTS

    Discover insect life cycles, adaptations and roles they play in nature. Students will have the opportunity to catch, observe and…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • AIR AND WATER IN THE ENVIRONMENT

    Follow the path of water through the water cycle using hands-on activities. Investigate the visible effects of air and water…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • DAILY AND SEASONAL CHANGES

    Explore the daily and seasonal cycles in nature by examining the effects on plants and wildlife. Students will learn to…

  • ENERGY IN OUR LIVES

    Kortright’s renewable energy demonstrations provide an excellent opportunity to see and understand renewable energy first hand! This program introduces renewable…

  • FOREST SCHOOL

  • HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK

    Have you ever wondered why we dress in fanciful costumes, go out trick-or-treating and carve pumpkins for Halloween? Come and…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INSECTS

    Discover insect life cycles, adaptations and roles they play in nature. Students will have the opportunity to catch, observe and…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • NEEDS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING THINGS

    Investigate the basic needs, (food, air, water, shelter, and space) and characteristics of living things by visiting a number of…

  • ORGANIC FARM

    Students will visit the Kortright Organic Farm to learn firsthand where food comes from and see how everything on the…

  • POND STUDY

    Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of…

  • SNOW SHOEING

    Enjoy the forest in winter on a snowshoe hike along our trails. A walk in Nature provides so many mental…

  • AIR AND WATER IN THE ENVIRONMENT

    Follow the path of water through the water cycle using hands-on activities. Investigate the visible effects of air and water…

  • ART IN NATURE

    Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts. Kortright is the perfect setting for…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • DAILY AND SEASONAL CHANGES

    Explore the daily and seasonal cycles in nature by examining the effects on plants and wildlife. Students will learn to…

  • EARLY ABORIGINAL LIFE

    This program is based on the daily life of the Huron people, some of whom lived in a village, 400…

  • ENERGY IN OUR LIVES

    Kortright’s renewable energy demonstrations provide an excellent opportunity to see and understand renewable energy first hand! This program introduces renewable…

  • FOREST SCHOOL

  • GROWTH AND CHANGE IN ANIMALS

    Have fun learning about the life cycles, seasonal changes and adaptations of southern Ontario’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.…

  • HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK

    Have you ever wondered why we dress in fanciful costumes, go out trick-or-treating and carve pumpkins for Halloween? Come and…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INSECTS

    Discover insect life cycles, adaptations and roles they play in nature. Students will have the opportunity to catch, observe and…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • ORGANIC FARM

    Students will visit the Kortright Organic Farm to learn firsthand where food comes from and see how everything on the…

  • OWL PROWL

    Learn how an owls unique physical adaptations allow them to be successful night-time hunters. Practice inquiry skills by dissecting owl…

  • POND STUDY

    Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of…

  • SNOW SHOEING

    Enjoy the forest in winter on a snowshoe hike along our trails. A walk in Nature provides so many mental…

  • ARCHAEOLOGY 101

    In this program the students will experience a hands-on simulation of a real archaeological excavation. The program begins with a…

  • ART IN NATURE

    Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts. Kortright is the perfect setting for…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • EARLY ABORIGINAL LIFE

    This program is based on the daily life of the Huron people, some of whom lived in a village, 400…

  • FORCES CAUSING MOVEMENT & KITE FLYING

    Students learn about the concepts of Forces Causing Movement through outdoor exploration, hands-on experiments and by using investigative techniques and…

  • FOREST SCHOOL

  • GROWTH AND CHANGE IN PLANTS

    Have fun learning about the characteristics, life cycles, and importance of plants in nature. Students will observe a wide variety…

  • HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK

    Have you ever wondered why we dress in fanciful costumes, go out trick-or-treating and carve pumpkins for Halloween? Come and…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INSECTS

    Discover insect life cycles, adaptations and roles they play in nature. Students will have the opportunity to catch, observe and…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • NATURAL SYMPHONY

    Students use their senses and the natural world to learn about music. Kortright is the perfect setting for students to…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • ORGANIC FARM

    Students will visit the Kortright Organic Farm to learn firsthand where food comes from and see how everything on the…

  • OWL PROWL

    Learn how an owls unique physical adaptations allow them to be successful night-time hunters. Practice inquiry skills by dissecting owl…

  • POND STUDY

    Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of…

  • SNOW SHOEING

    Enjoy the forest in winter on a snowshoe hike along our trails. A walk in Nature provides so many mental…

  • SOILS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

    Through activities and demonstrations students are introduced to the processes that create soil. Students will explore the main components of…

  • SURVIVAL SKILLS

    Learn what to do if you get lost in the woods. Work in small teams to build a fire and…

  • ARCHAEOLOGY 101

    In this program the students will experience a hands-on simulation of a real archaeological excavation. The program begins with a…

  • ART IN NATURE

    Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts. Kortright is the perfect setting for…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • EARLY ABORIGINAL LIFE

    This program is based on the daily life of the Huron people, some of whom lived in a village, 400…

  • GO GREEN

    Students learn that conservation, sustainability and stewardship are key components in maintaining a healthy environment. Activities throughout the program teach…

  • HABITATS AND COMMUNITIES

    In this program, students will visit different habitats to identify producers, consumers and decomposers. They will examine the links between…

  • HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK

    Have you ever wondered why we dress in fanciful costumes, go out trick-or-treating and carve pumpkins for Halloween? Come and…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INSECTS

    Discover insect life cycles, adaptations and roles they play in nature. Students will have the opportunity to catch, observe and…

  • INSTINCTS FOR SURVIVAL

    This program immerses your students into the lives of animals living in the forest. Students become carnivores, omnivores, and/or herbivores…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • MAPPING AND ORIENTEERING

    In this program the students will learn and practice map and orienteering skills. In this active program, students are introduced…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • OWL PROWL

    Learn how an owls unique physical adaptations allow them to be successful night-time hunters. Practice inquiry skills by dissecting owl…

  • POND STUDY

    Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of…

  • SNOW SHOEING

    Enjoy the forest in winter on a snowshoe hike along our trails. A walk in Nature provides so many mental…

  • SURVIVAL SKILLS

    Learn what to do if you get lost in the woods. Work in small teams to build a fire and…

  • ARCHAEOLOGY 101

    In this program the students will experience a hands-on simulation of a real archaeological excavation. The program begins with a…

  • ARCHETYPE SUSTAINABLE HOUSE TOUR

    Students will tour two LEED platinum houses demonstrating a host of sustainable technologies that are available now and in the…

  • ART IN NATURE

    Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts. Kortright is the perfect setting for…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • CONSERVATION OF ENERGY

    Walk the Innovation Trail to learn about renewable energy technologies: biomass, solar thermal, photovoltaic (PV) and wind. Kortright’s unique renewable…

  • EARLY ABORIGINAL LIFE

    This program is based on the daily life of the Huron people, some of whom lived in a village, 400…

  • GO GREEN

    Students learn that conservation, sustainability and stewardship are key components in maintaining a healthy environment. Activities throughout the program teach…

  • HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK

    Have you ever wondered why we dress in fanciful costumes, go out trick-or-treating and carve pumpkins for Halloween? Come and…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INSECTS

    Discover insect life cycles, adaptations and roles they play in nature. Students will have the opportunity to catch, observe and…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • MAPPING AND ORIENTEERING

    In this program the students will learn and practice map and orienteering skills. In this active program, students are introduced…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • OWL PROWL

    Learn how an owls unique physical adaptations allow them to be successful night-time hunters. Practice inquiry skills by dissecting owl…

  • POND STUDY

    Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of…

  • SNOW SHOEING

    Enjoy the forest in winter on a snowshoe hike along our trails. A walk in Nature provides so many mental…

  • SURVIVAL SKILLS

    Learn what to do if you get lost in the woods. Work in small teams to build a fire and…

  • ARCHETYPE SUSTAINABLE HOUSE TOUR

    Students will tour two LEED platinum houses demonstrating a host of sustainable technologies that are available now and in the…

  • ART IN NATURE

    Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts. Kortright is the perfect setting for…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • BIODIVERSITY

    This hands-on program allows students to eximine living organisms along the trails to identify characteristics used for classification. In this…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • EARLY ABORIGINAL LIFE

    This program is based on the daily life of the Huron people, some of whom lived in a village, 400…

  • GO GREEN

    Students learn that conservation, sustainability and stewardship are key components in maintaining a healthy environment. Activities throughout the program teach…

  • HALLOWEEN NATURE WALK

    Have you ever wondered why we dress in fanciful costumes, go out trick-or-treating and carve pumpkins for Halloween? Come and…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INSECTS

    Discover insect life cycles, adaptations and roles they play in nature. Students will have the opportunity to catch, observe and…

  • INSTINCTS FOR SURVIVAL

    This program immerses your students into the lives of animals living in the forest. Students become carnivores, omnivores, and/or herbivores…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • MAPPING AND ORIENTEERING

    In this program the students will learn and practice map and orienteering skills. In this active program, students are introduced…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • ORGANIC FARM

    Students will visit the Kortright Organic Farm to learn firsthand where food comes from and see how everything on the…

  • OWL PROWL

    Learn how an owls unique physical adaptations allow them to be successful night-time hunters. Practice inquiry skills by dissecting owl…

  • POND STUDY

    Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of…

  • PRINCIPLES OF FLIGHT & KITE FLYING

    Investigate the theories of flight through a series of experiments designed to demonstrate Bernoulli’s principles. Fly kites in the open…

  • SNOW SHOEING

    Enjoy the forest in winter on a snowshoe hike along our trails. A walk in Nature provides so many mental…

  • SURVIVAL SKILLS

    Learn what to do if you get lost in the woods. Work in small teams to build a fire and…

  • TEAM BUILDING AND LOW ROPES

    This special program allows participants to develop group skills such as working together, sharing ideas, trust, problem solving, patience and…

  • ARCHETYPE SUSTAINABLE HOUSE TOUR

    Students will tour two LEED platinum houses demonstrating a host of sustainable technologies that are available now and in the…

  • ART IN NATURE

    Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts. Kortright is the perfect setting for…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • EARLY ABORIGINAL LIFE

    This program is based on the daily life of the Huron people, some of whom lived in a village, 400…

  • GO GREEN

    Students learn that conservation, sustainability and stewardship are key components in maintaining a healthy environment. Activities throughout the program teach…

  • GPS/GEOCACHING

    In this program, students will become familiar with GPS units by doing a series of practice exercises. Full or Half…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INTERACTIONS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

    Hike through the various habitats at Kortright and examine the roles and relationships among the biotic and abiotic elements. Discuss…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • MAPPING AND ORIENTEERING

    In this program the students will learn and practice map and orienteering skills. In this active program, students are introduced…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • OWL PROWL

    Learn how an owls unique physical adaptations allow them to be successful night-time hunters. Practice inquiry skills by dissecting owl…

  • POND STUDY

    Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of…

  • RIVER SYSTEMS

    Investigate the physical characteristics of a river and measure water flow and velocity. Observe valley features and significance of a…

  • SNOW SHOEING

    Enjoy the forest in winter on a snowshoe hike along our trails. A walk in Nature provides so many mental…

  • SURVIVAL SKILLS

    Learn what to do if you get lost in the woods. Work in small teams to build a fire and…

  • TEAM BUILDING AND LOW ROPES

    This special program allows participants to develop group skills such as working together, sharing ideas, trust, problem solving, patience and…

  • WATER SYSTEMS

    This program explores a number of factors that make up our water systems. Throughout the program, students will understand that…

  • ARCHETYPE SUSTAINABLE HOUSE TOUR

    Students will tour two LEED platinum houses demonstrating a host of sustainable technologies that are available now and in the…

  • ART IN NATURE

    Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts. Kortright is the perfect setting for…

  • BEES

    Learn the life cycle of the honey bee and the physical adaptations needed to survive inside a hive. Visit the…

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs. Let us know your group’s goals and we can customize a program to…

  • EARLY ABORIGINAL LIFE

    This program is based on the daily life of the Huron people, some of whom lived in a village, 400…

  • GO GREEN

    Students learn that conservation, sustainability and stewardship are key components in maintaining a healthy environment. Activities throughout the program teach…

  • GPS/GEOCACHING

    In this program, students will become familiar with GPS units by doing a series of practice exercises. Full or Half…

  • HOLIDAY LORE

    Enjoy the magic of Kortright’s forest in November and December. Explore nature while learning about the holiday season from various…

  • INTERACTIONS IN THE ENVIRONMENT

    Hike through the various habitats at Kortright and examine the roles and relationships among the biotic and abiotic elements. Discuss…

  • MAPLE SYRUP

    Enjoy early Spring’s sweetness! Learn how to identify maple trees and how they are tapped for sap. Compare past and…

  • MAPPING AND ORIENTEERING

    In this program the students will learn and practice map and orienteering skills. In this active program, students are introduced…

  • NATURE WALK

    Introduce your students to nature on a general interest hike, or specify a theme and we will customize this program…

  • OWL PROWL

    Learn how an owls unique physical adaptations allow them to be successful night-time hunters. Practice inquiry skills by dissecting owl…

  • POND STUDY

    Examine food webs in a natural community. Use dip nets to catch and identify pond creatures. Explore the diversity of…

  • RIVER SYSTEMS

    Investigate the physical characteristics of a river and measure water flow and velocity. Observe valley features and significance of a…

  • SNOW SHOEING

    Enjoy the forest in winter on a snowshoe hike along our trails. A walk in Nature provides so many mental…

  • SURVIVAL SKILLS

    Learn what to do if you get lost in the woods. Work in small teams to build a fire and…

  • TEAM BUILDING AND LOW ROPES

    This special program allows participants to develop group skills such as working together, sharing ideas, trust, problem solving, patience and…

  • WATER SYSTEMS

    This program explores a number of factors that make up our water systems. Throughout the program, students will understand that…

BOOKING YOUR FIELD TRIP

All programs must be booked in advance.

Programs are 1.5 to 2 hours long. Morning programs are from 10 am to 12 pm. Afternoon programs are from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. (These times may be adjusted slightly to accommodate your travel arrangements.)

Programs always have an outdoor component. Groups should dress for the conditions on the day of their visit. Before your visit, please discuss the importance of dressing appropriately for outdoor activities. On days of inclement weather the program will be modified to include some indoor activities along with the outdoor components.

We are pleased to offer ONE complimentary admission to teachers and supervisors for every 10 participating students.

Please note that most Kortright programs can be adapted for groups with special needs.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR BOOKING? Call 416.667.6295 x 602 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm).

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