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The Nature School

The Nature School at Kortright provides an alternative form of education designed to explore experiential learning opportunities and promote curiosity to nurture the whole child. Students will receive the benefits of an inquiry, play, and place-based education while learning in an outdoor setting.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Jasmine Green at jgreen@trca.on.ca or call 905-832-2289 Ext 239

PRIMARY SCHOOL

 
 
young boy attends Kortright Nature School preschool program

PRESCHOOL

 
 
young girl drawing picture at Kortright Nature School

SATURDAY PROGRAM

 
 
young girls at Nature School day camp

PA DAY CAMPS

 
 
young girl at Kortright Nature School

SCHOOL AGED PROGRAM

 
 
boy stands beside stream at Kortright Centre

FOREST SCHOOL: SWAN LAKE

 
 
young girl takes part in Early Years Field School

EARLY YEARS FOREST SCHOOL

 
 
  • teacher and student at Kortright Centre nature schoolOur family’s experience with the Nature and Forest school program at Kortright has been nothing short of inspiring. Both of our children have taken part in various programs through the past 3 years, including Forest School summer camp, Forest school P.A days and Nature School Preschool.

    Our sons come home from such days content, inspired and tired in a way that I seldom see during other organized activities and traditional school days. We can tell that they’ve used their bodies and brains in a way that has encouraged physicality, courage, leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills. Most notably, they have had FUN! And in play, the best sorts of learning take place naturally.

    All of the teachers and leaders we’ve encountered have been kind, patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. In searching for an alternative form of education for our youngest son specifically, we are confident that we have found such a place with The Nature School at Kortright. We are excited to see him develop even further while taking part in a full time program.

    Leslie and Craig Ferguson – parents to Tate (6) and Charlie (8)

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide a supportive outdoor student-led learning environment that empowers, motivates and develops the whole child.

OUR VALUES

Take Risks

Provide opportunities to build a student’s innate motivation, confidence and skills to take supported risks within a nurturing environment where it is safe to fail.

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Educate the Whole Person

Develop the physical, social, cognitive, linguistic, emotional, social and spiritual aspects in our students and promoting their holistic development by linking school experiences to students’ life experiences.

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Student Led

Support student development through the use of learning approaches that motivate students to develop theories, questions and ideas that build critical skills in the learning process.

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Environmental Stewardship

Utilize the diverse habitats that exist on Kortright’s 555-acre learning environment to foster a connection with and develop an appreciation for the natural environment.

young girl at Kortright Nature School

  • Since enrolling our daughter in the Kortright nature preschool program, we have seen her confidence, sense of adventure, and imaginative play flourish. She is living and breathing a preschooler’s dream, in an outdoor environment that is supportive and educational without being pressure filled or overstimulating. The program provides both the structure and the freedom to explore, be inquisitive, be active, learn about themselves, their peers, and the environment, and best of all, get dirty while doing it all!

    Sophie Dearing

LEARNING APPROACHES AND CURRICULUM

Teachers use a student-led, inquiry-based approach when developing lessons.

Teachers facilitate student learning through providing a variety of tools, resources and experiences that guide students to find answers to their own questions. This helps build confidence, self-reliance and independent thinking skills.

The methods used by our teachers include:

Inquiry- based: A dynamic and emergent process that builds on students’ natural curiosity about the world in which they live.

Play-based: Recognizes the integral role of play in a child’s development. This approach engages the whole child by encouraging a depth of experience and treating a child’s emotional, physical and social selves as interwoven.

Experiential learning: Learning that is based on students being directly involved in a learning experience rather than being taught pre-determined lesson plans. Students learn through and reflect on their learning experiences.

Place-based: The act of connecting children to a particular place through direct experiential contact.

At The Nature School, students learn language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, visual arts, music and drama through these learning approaches.

young girl at Kortright Nature School

OUR CAMPUS

The Nature School is located on Kortright Centre’s expansive 555-acre property. The Nature School campus has creeks, wetlands, ponds, marshes, fields, forests, an apiary (bee farm), access to the Humber River, an organic farm, solar panels, wind turbines, sustainable demonstration houses and over 16 km of natural trails.

wetland area at Kortright Centre

OUR TEACHERS

Teachers at The Nature School hold one or more professional designations, including certified Forest School Practitioners, Registered Early Childhood Educators and/or Ontario Certified Teachers with degrees in Outdoor Experiential Education, as well as extensive experience working with children in their early years.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Our Parent Information Manual provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of The Nature School.

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Check out our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS to learn more.

 

TUITION FEES

In addition to the full week, The Nature School can be booked on a per day basis. When applying, parents may choose anywhere from one to four individual days. You will be asked to indicate your preference of specific days of the week when completing the booking from.

PROGRAM TUITION FEES
The Nature School (Full Week) $12,000
The Nature School (Per Day) $2,600
The Nature School Pre-School $1,500
The Nature School Before and After Care Program (School-age only) $3,850

APPLY TO THE NATURE SCHOOL

Primary School

Our primary school program is for students from Kindergarten to grade 3. Students are placed in a multi-age grade: an approach to education in which students are treated as individuals and their skills are built from the starting point of where they are at, rather than what grade they are in.

children explore trail at Kortright Centre

PRIMARY SCHOOL FORMS

Parents/guardians must complete and sign the following documents in order to confirm application:

Please send completed forms to:
Email: jgreen@trca.on.ca
Fax: 905-832-8238

All of the documentation listed above, as well as the application fee, must be received before moving on to the next phase of the admissions process.

QUESTIONS?
Please contact Jasmine Green at jgreen@trca.on.ca or 905-832-2289 x 239.

 

PLEASE SELECT THE NUMBER OF DAYS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK:

Preschool

The Nature School Preschool uses a child-led approach to learning that is exploratory, inquiry-based, fun and unhurried.

Children interact with the natural environment through the use of loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, cooking on an open fire, knots, making woodland crafts and sharing stories.

young boy at Kortright Nature School

The Nature Preschool is offered to children who are 2.5 to 6 years of age and are potty trained.

Children who are 2.5 to 3 years of age as of September 2018 may attend one day a week.
Cost: $1,500

Children aged 4 to 6 years of age as of September 2018 may attend two days per week.
Cost: $3,000

(Monthly payment options are available. Call 416-667-6295 x 602 to learn more.)

The program runs from September to June.
Hours: 9 am to 12 pm

PRESCHOOL FORMS

Parents/guardians must complete and sign the following documents in order to confirm application:

Please send completed forms to:
Email: jgreen@trca.on.ca
Fax: 905-832-8238

All of the documentation listed above, as well as the application fee, must be received before moving on to the next phase of the admissions process.

QUESTIONS?
Please contact Jasmine Green at jgreen@trca.on.ca or 905-832-2289 x 239.

BOOK NOW

Saturday Forest School Program

Each day begins with an adventure in a woodland setting. Children interact with the natural environment through the use of loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, cooking on an open fire, knots, making woodland crafts and sharing stories.

This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried.

Preschool children participate in Kortright Nature School program

The Saturday Forest School program is offered for children who are 2.5 to 5 years of age.

Cost: $300 per child

Upcoming Dates:

 2018 Spring Session: Saturday April 14 to Saturday June 9 (except May 19)
CURRENTLY  SOLD OUT: Call 416-667-6295 x 602 to be added to the wait list.

 2018 Fall Session: Saturday September 22 to Saturday November 17 (except October 6)

Hours: 9 am to 12 pm

BOOK FALL SESSION

Need help with your booking?
Call 416-667-6295 x 602

 

PA Day Camps

Come to the Kortright Centre for Conservation on your PA Day and explore the world of Forest School.

Each day begins with an adventure in a woodland setting. Children interact with the natural environment through the use of loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, cooking over an open fire, knots, making woodland crafts and sharing stories.

This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried.

children attend PA Day Camp at Kortright Centre

PA Day Camps are offered for children ages 4 to 10.
Cost: $55 per day or $300 for all six days
(Parents of The Nature School receive a $10 discount on PA Days. Fee for registered child is $45/day or $250 for all 6 PA days.)

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday June 4, 2018

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
(Unfortunately, there is no before and after care available for PA days.)

BOOK NOW

Need help with your booking?
Call 416-667-6295 x 602

 

Spring School Aged Program

This half-day program is designed to give students and parents an introduction to our full-time Nature School.

young girl at Kortright Nature School

The Spring School Aged Program is offered for children ages 6 to 10.
Cost: $200 for eight weeks

Dates: Mondays, April 16 to June 11 (except May 21)
Hours: 9 am to 12 pm

BOOK NOW

Need help with your booking?
Call 416-667-6295 x 602

 

Forest School: Swan Lake

We are excited to offer a one-week Forest School Camp at Swan Lake Centre in Richmond Hill this summer!

boy stands beside stream at Kortright Centre

This camp follows a child-led approach to learning. Children will interact with the natural environment through loose parts play, shelter building, wood whittling, unstructured and creative forest play, magic spots, water exploration, forest loom weaving, cooking over an open fire, learning knots, making woodland crafts, sharing stories — and other adventures as we come across them!

The Forest School Camp at Swan Lake is offered for children ages 4 to 10.
Cost: $300

Dates: Monday August 13 to Friday August 17

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm

Swan Lake Centre, 1229 Bethesda Side Road, Richmond Hill

BOOK NOW

Need help with your booking?
Call 416-667-6295 x 602

 

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.

children take part in Early Years Forest School program at Kortright Centre

This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried. While this program is facilitated by a Kortright Environmental Educator, the teachers attending with the children will be responsible for directly engaging the students with the different stations.

The Early Years Forest School Program is offered for children ages 6 and under.
Cost: $400
Maximum Capacity: 30 students

Availability: All year
Hours: 10 am to 12 pm

REQUEST A BOOKING

Need help with your booking?
Call 416-667-6295 x 602

 

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