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ESL

For many years now, English as a Second Language (ESL) group leaders have visited the Kortright Centre to introduce students to the sights, sounds and vocabulary associated with nature.

Our programs offer newcomers the opportunity explore a natural setting in their urban backyard, and to experience such distinctively Canadian activities as maple syrup making.

ENJOY THE KORTRIGHT EXPERIENCE!

Upon your arrival, a guide will meet your group in the Visitor Centre.

The session will begin with a brief indoor introduction to the topic you have chosen, followed by an enjoyable and educational walk outside along one of our scenic trails.

Our guides have led many adult and junior ESL groups, and will ensure new terms and phrases are presented in a clear, concise manner.

BROWSE OUR PROGRAMS to find the one that’s right for your group.

young women explore nature trail at Kortright Centre

PROGRAM PRICING

Regular Price


Per Class
(Up to a maximum of 30 students) (Plus HST)

Half-Day Program: $200

Full-Day Program: $375

Special Program Price


Per Class
(Up to a maximum of 30 students) (Plus HST)

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

Team Building (half day): $220

Maple Syrup (two hours): $220

School Spirit Day: $400

Material Fee


Per Class (Plus HST)

Habitat Analysis: $10

GPS/Geocaching: $15

English as second language students conduct pond study

FIND A PROGRAM

  • young boy explores stream at Kortright Centre

    AIR AND WATER IN THE ENVIRONMENT

    Follow the path of water through the water cycle using hands-on activities.

  • archetype sustainable house at Kortright Centre for Conservation

    ARCHETYPE SUSTAINABLE HOUSE TOUR

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

  • pre-teen girls take part in education program at Kortright Centre

    ART IN NATURE

    Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts.

  • apiarist tends beehive at Kortright Centre

    BEES

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

  • students take part in Forest School program at Kortright Centre

    CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    A customized program to meet your needs.

  • elementary school students explore forest in autumn at Kortright Centre

    DAILY AND SEASONAL CHANGES

    Explore the daily and seasonal cycles in nature by examining the effects on plants and wildlife.

  • wind turbine at Kortright Centre

    ENERGY IN OUR LIVES

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

  • high school students practice GPS navigation at Kortright Centre

    GPS/GEOCACHING

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

  • leopard frog

    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.

  • plants and trees at Kortright Centre

    GROWTH AND CHANGE IN PLANTS

    Have fun learning about the characteristics, life cycles, and importance of plants in nature.

  • fall colours at Kortright Centre

    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…

  • Christmas decoration on tree

    HOLIDAY LORE

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

  • bug rests on hand

    INSECTS

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

  • school children visit Kortright Centre maple syrup festival

    MAPLE SYRUP

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

  • trail in woods at Kortright Centre

    MAPPING AND ORIENTEERING

    In this program the students will learn and practice map and orienteering skills.

  • teacher and students explore trail at Kortright Centre

    NATURE WALK

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

  • great horned owl

    OWL PROWL

    Learn how an owl’s unique physical adaptations allows it to be a successful night-time hunter. Practice inquiry skills by dissecting…

  • students conduct pond study at Kortright Centre

    POND STUDY

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

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.

Kortright Centre has partnered with bypeterandpauls.com to make optional boxed lunches available for adult education groups. Please see below for menu selections.

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).

ESL students visit Maple Syrup Festival at Kortright Centre

BOXED LUNCH OPTIONS

Deli

  • Sandwich selection: Roasted turkey, tuna salad or grilled vegetables with pesto
  • Coleslaw with vinaigrette dressing
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Whole apple
$11.99 + HST per person
Entrée Salad

  • Spring mix, beets, carrots, red onions, cherry tomatoes and cucumber, candied walnuts, berries and maple vinaigrette
  • Grilled chicken breast or marinated grilled tofu
  • Fruit salad
  • Chocolate brownie
$13.99 + HST per person
Greek

  • Lemon grilled chicken souvlaki
  • Greek pasta salad with feta cheese and oregano
  • Fruit salad
  • Baklava
$15.99 + HST per person

Beverages: All boxed lunches include one soft drink, juice or bottled water.

NOTE: Food orders must be placed at least one week prior to visit date.

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