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.

 

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.

York Region District School Board PA Day Camps are offered for children ages 4 to 10,

children attend PA Day Camp at Kortright Centre

TUITION FEES

• $55 per day

 

MEET OUR STAFF

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.

Gillian Moore

Gillian Moore: Educator, The Nature Preschool

Gillian Moore has been a part of the Education Team at Kortright Centre for the past ten years, where she has worked as an Environmental Educator and as a Certified Forest School Practitioner with The Nature School.

When not in the forest of the Kortright Centre, she can be found on the ski hills teaching skiing, or on the water as a sailing coach. Her involvement with kids and teaching spans a 35-year period.

She is passionate about outdoor teaching and connecting with kids. She loves that her job offers her the opportunity to blend all of this in such a unique and engaging setting.

Gillian is a mom to three daughters, but considers all the children at Nature School to be part of her extended family!

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.

She was hired by the Kortright 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. As a family they enjoy camping, canoeing, and having adventures in the beautiful outdoors.

Ken McGillivray

Ken MacGillivray: Teacher, The Nature School Primary

Ken grew up in Etobicoke but spent his childhood weekends and summers at his family’s cottage on Lake Huron on the Bruce Peninsula. He went to York University to become a teacher and went to Humber College for a Certificate of Outdoor Education.

He briefly worked at a museum near his cottage, then at a YMCA camp in a National Park. Finally, he worked for two years as a primary school teacher at a reserve in Northwestern Ontario.

Ken started his time at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) as an environmental educator at the Kortright Centre, and has been working for the TRCA ever since.

Ken enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing. and birdwatching, and he still spends a lot of time at his family’s cottage. He also has a passion for conservation and volunteers with the Canadian Chestnut Council.

Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon: Teacher, The Nature School Primary

Molly is an Ontario Certified Teacher with more than four years of experience delivering inquiry and play-based environmental educational programs to students with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

Molly spent her academic career in environmental management programs, and further developed her teaching practices at the University of Toronto, focusing her Masters research on Forest School.

She is passionate about creating an inclusive and engaging environment for students that helps to foster confidence, creativity and — most importantly — a love for learning.

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