The Nature School at Kortright

THE NATURE SCHOOL at Kortright

The Nature School at Kortright takes place primarily outside on Kortright’s 555-acre property, with access to a wide variety of natural ecosystems, accessible trails and multiple facilities.

Students have use of a 30,000 square-foot Visitor Centre, which includes a private indoor learning space in case of inclement weather.

PRIMARY SCHOOL

PRESCHOOL

WEEKEND PROGRAM

PA DAY CAMPS

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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.

primary students take part in Nature School program at Kortright Centre

TUITION FEES

1 Day per Week, Sept to June: $2,800
2 Days per Week, Sept to June: $5,600
3 Days per Week, Sept to June: $8,400

 

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is NOW OPEN.
Please contact Visitor Services at (416) 667-6295 ext. 3 or email vservices @trca.ca to find out how to apply.

 

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Jasmine Green at jasmine.green@trca.ca or (905) 832-2289 ext. 2390.

Minimum registration required. Deposits will be returned if program does not meet minimum registration requirements.

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.

The Nature Preschool is offered to children who are 2.5 to 5 years of age and are potty trained.

The program runs from September to June.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

young boy at Kortright Nature School

TUITION FEES

• Children who are 2.5 to 3 years of age as of September 2021 may attend one day a week. Cost: $1,700
• Children aged 4 to 5 years of age as of September 2021 may attend two days per week. Cost: $3,400

(Monthly payment options are available.)

 

Registration for the 2021-2022 preschool year is NOW OPEN.
Please contact Visitor Services at (416) 667 6295 ext. 3 or email vservices @trca.ca to find out how to apply.

 

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Jasmine Green at jasmine.green@trca.ca or (905) 832-2289 ext. 2390.

Minimum registration required. Deposits will be returned if program does not meet minimum registration requirements.

The Nature School Weekend 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.

The Weekend Forest School program is offered for children who are 2.5 to 5 years of age and potty trained.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Preschool children participate in Kortright Nature School program

TUITION FEES

• $325 per child

Registration for 2021 is NOW OPEN.
Please contact Visitor Services at (416) 667 6295 ext. 3 or email vservices @trca.ca to find out how to apply.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

2021 Spring Session:

  • Saturdays – May 8, 2021 to June 19, 2021
  • Sundays – May 9, 2021 to June 20, 2021

SOLD OUT

Bookings are now full. Please contact Customer Service at 416-667-6295 Ext 602 if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

2021 Fall Session:

  • Saturdays – September 18, 2021 to November 13, 2021 (Except October 9)
  • Sundays – September 19, 2021 to November 14, 2021 (Except October 10)

SOLD OUT

Bookings are now full. Please contact Customer Service at 416-667-6295 Ext 602 if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

VIEW OUR CANCELLATION POLICY.

 

PA Day Camps

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

Students will enjoy the benefits of a day spent outdoors where nature becomes the classroom. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried.

PA Day Camps are offered to children ages 4 to 10.

Dates:
· Friday November 19, 2021
· Friday January 14, 2022
· Friday February 4, 2022
· Thursday June 2, 2022

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

children attend PA Day Camp at Kortright Centre

PRICING

• $60.00 per day

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MEET OUR STAFF

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

Heather Stafford

Heather Stafford, Supervisor, Kortright Education, OCT

Heather is an Ontario Certified Teacher and certified Forest School Practitioner. She has been with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) for more than 10 years, and has been part of the Education team at the Kortright Centre since 2012.

Prior to joining TRCA, Heather worked at several other Outdoor Education centres and summer camps around Ontario, both delivering hands-on, exciting, nature-based programming and coordinating, supervising, and managing programs and staff.

Heather has two young children as well as several fuzzy and scaly pets.

Jen Stinson

Jen Stinson, Teacher, The Nature School, OCT

Jen is an Ontario Certified Teacher with 15 years of experience teaching primary and junior grades in York Region District School Board. She has always made outdoor learning, inquiry and experiential education a fundamental part of her classroom.

Since certifying as a Forest School Practitioner in 2016, she developed a weekly play-based nature school program for her class.

Jen started working at the Kortright Centre in 2016 as an educator in the Saturday Forest School program.

Jen enjoys camping, hiking, birding, and taking walks in the woods with her new puppy. She is thrilled to be part of The Nature School and is excited to help kids grow in their love of nature.

Averry Aquin-Martin

Averry Aquin-Martin, Teacher, The Nature School, OCT

Despite being born and raised in the city known as Steeltown (Hamilton, ON), Averry grew up hiking the Bruce Trail, scooping up tadpoles in park puddles, and climbing mulberry trees barefoot. Having lived on the east coast of Canada for five years, Averry loves travelling to find new hikes, plants, and birds to marvel at.

As an OCT certified teacher, Averry has worked as a supply teacher with the Toronto District School Board, an outdoor educator at the Royal Botanical Gardens, and a forest school teacher at the Tir na Nog Forest School in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Her passion lies in connecting kids to nature in meaningful ways, facilitating their exploration, and guiding them in responsible risk-taking. She believes that holding space for children to connect to the natural world is the most important thing educators can do to better the health and well-being of humans and the planet.

When she is not hiding out in the woods, you can find Averry at home with a good book and her two cats.

Victoria Kreese

Victoria Creese, Educator, The Nature Preschool

Victoria Creese has extensive experience working with children. She worked as a Camp Counsellor to pay her way through university. She was a volunteer at the Anishaanabe Friendship Centre in downtown Toronto, a Girl Guide leader, an elementary school librarian, a farm tour guide and storyteller.

Victoria was hired by the Kortirght Centre in 2013 to deliver educational programs. She has worked at Kortright’s Nature School since 2019 and qualified as a Forest School Practitioner that same year.

Victoria and her husband have four grown children and two grandchildren, and as a family they enjoy camping, canoeing and having adventures in the beautiful outdoors.

Sandra Piacente

Sandra Piacente, Educator, The Nature Preschool

Sandra Piacente has been part of our TRCA education team for over seven years.

From a young age she worked as a skating and camp instructor with children of special needs. Her educational background consists of a degree in Zoology and Anthropology as well as her Montessori teaching degree. She worked as an Elementary Montessori teacher for more than 10 years, incorporating her love for the environment and the natural world in the classroom.

Over the years Sandra has facilitated our Little Saplings program, environmental education programs and special events. She is a proud mom of twins and enjoys spending family time by the lake, hiking, camping, and kayaking. She especially loves the season of winter, skating, skiing and winter hikes.

Ralph Varga

Ralph Varga, Educator, The Nature Preschool

Ralph graduated from the Recreation Leadership program at Centennial College. He grew up in Toronto with a passion for nature and the outdoors, likely spawned through fishing trips with his dad from a very young age.

Ralph has worked in many educational settings with children, from special needs kindergarten to sport programs, and finally 18 years in childcare, working with preschoolers right up to school-agers. Most recently Ralph was a program staff member at the Claireville Nature Summer Camp.

Along with his many years of experience, Ralph brings ideas, passion, and a gentle nature to help guide and support the learning and development of young children.

Ralph enjoys fishing, hiking, baking, gardening, and co-op board games.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation requests received by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) more than 14 days before the start of the camp program will receive a 75% refund of the relevant program fees paid. Cancellation requests received by TRCA less than 14 days before the start of the camp program do not qualify for a refund. No refund applied for missed dates. Please contact us in cases of sickness prior to the program so we can be in touch about rescheduling or refunding. Rescheduling is subject to availability. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by email to vservices@trca.ca. Minimum registration numbers required for camp to operate. In the event TRCA must cancel the camp due to low registration or government order, a full refund will be issued.

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