The Blog


  • young boy builds a shelter of sticks and logs

    Get Your Kids Outside!

    Getting outside every day is one of the best ways to keep children’s bodies and our minds healthy. With schools and recreational amenities currenly closed across the province, we’ve come up with some simple ideas for parents and children to enjoy nature and outdoor play together.

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  • Nature School students pose with their completed snowperson

    Engineering in the Snow

    When there is fresh snow on the ground, The Nature School Primary students arrive to our outdoor classroom with a renewed sense of excitement and wonder. What will we make? What will we build? How will we play?

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  • Educator talks to preschool students at The Nature School at Kortright Centre

    Self-Regulation for Preschoolers

    Winter 2020: Self-regulation refers to children’s ability to regulate emotions such as frustration or impatience. These are large tasks for preschoolers to learn — but being outside in nature can help promote self-regulation skills. There are fewer stressors, more space, and the freedom to explore and play.

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  • Nature School students take story walk at Kortright Centre

    Storytelling in the Forest

    Fall 2019: Storytelling is an important part of the Nature School experience. Through storytelling, children learn about themselves, their friends, and the world around them.

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  • Nature School students at play

    Play is Learning

    Fall 2019: Play may be kid stuff, but as we’ve observed at the Nature School, it’s also an important form of learning that can lead to physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

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  • children balance on log at Kortright Centre Nature School

    Fall in the Forest

    Fall 2019: The beginning of September saw us return to our Nature School. Our returning students greeted us and each other warmly, and then engaged in play, taking up — seemingly without a beat — where they had left off last spring.

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Kortright Centre for Conservation has now reopened to the public. LEARN MORE