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Workshop: Buzz on Bees @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: Buzz on Bees @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
This workshop will give you an up-close and personal look into the lives of these incredible insects. Learn all about bee biology and identification, their role in our environment, and the threats to their health. We will also tour the active hives and bee education centre at the Kortright Centre. Build a native bee habitat to take home! Also offered[...]
Introduction to Macro Photography @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Macro Photography @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Learn macro photography skills from professional photographer Max Skwarna. Capture close-up images of flowers, insects and other small subjects on the 555 acres of nature found at Kortright. This interactive workshop is geared towards photographers with basic photographic knowledge. Techniques to create stunning close-ups and macro photography will be explored through in-class theory, outdoor practical applications and a hands-on indoor[...]
Workshop: Introduction to Birding @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Workshop: Introduction to Birding @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Join Kristen Martyn, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie and expert birder, to learn the basics of birding. Bird watching is one of the most popular hobbies in North America — and with a wide variety of birds living in our backyards, nearby parks and outdoor spaces, it’s easy to understand why. This workshop is a fun and educational introduction[...]
Workshop: Birding Tour of Kortright @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Workshop: Birding Tour of Kortright @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Join expert birder Kristen Martyn and Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie for a day exploring the Kortright Centre property. The Kortright Centre is a local hotspot for bird activity. In addition to our resident bird species, we’ll watch for fall migrants, including warblers and other songbirds and raptors. Binoculars will be provided, but please bring your own if you have them.[...]
Run for the Bees 2018 @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 15 @ 7:45 am
Run for the Bees 2018 @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
7:45 am
  Kick off the Honey Harvest Festival with the 1st Annual Run for the Bees! Join the Run for the Bees and enjoy a day of fun and fitness in support of bee habitat conservation and educational programs. Everyone is welcome! Bring the whole family and run, jog or walk to support education programs and conservation efforts at the Kortright[...]
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Honey Harvest Festival
10:00 am
Did you know that bees pollinate approximately 1/3 of the food we eat? Did you know that a honey bee produces roughly one teaspoon of honey in its lifetime — and is the only insect that makes food for human consumption? Join us at Kortright’s Honey Harvest Festival to learn about and celebrate the life of these incredible insects! Enjoy[...]
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Honey Harvest Festival
10:00 am
Did you know that bees pollinate approximately 1/3 of the food we eat? Did you know that a honey bee produces roughly one teaspoon of honey in its lifetime — and is the only insect that makes food for human consumption? Join us at Kortright’s Honey Harvest Festival to learn about and celebrate the life of these incredible insects! Enjoy[...]
Course: Naturally Mindful @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Course: Naturally Mindful @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
This 6-week course will help you to cultivate the practice and attitudes of mindfulness meditation in daily life by learning from your own experiences and from the wisdom of nature. Cultivating mindfulness enhances our ability to connect with nature and trains our minds and hearts to live in the present moment. Practicing mindfulness in nature can help us get to[...]
Course: Ancient Technologies II @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm
Course: Ancient Technologies II @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
This two-day follow-up to Ancient Technologies I includes an overnight in your self-built shelter. In this class, we take the topics introduced in Ancient Technologies I and apply them to a real survival situation. You’ll need to build your shelter for the night, start your own fire (or eat a cold dinner!), harvest wild-edible plants, and live a full-immersion survival[...]
Little Saplings Parent & Tot Program – Fall @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Little Saplings Parent & Tot Program - Fall @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Recommended for children ages 1-5. In this weekly program, youngsters will explore a new nature theme each week. The format allows for consistent structure with flexible content. Parent or caregiver participation is required. HIGHLIGHTS: Outdoor activities such as collecting, hiding, piling, catching and exploring nature. Indoor activities including fun crafts, hands-on experiments and sensory games. Circle time with structured sharing,[...]
Little Saplings Parent & Tot Program – Fall @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Little Saplings Parent & Tot Program - Fall @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Recommended for children ages 1-5. In this weekly program, youngsters will explore a new nature theme each week. The format allows for consistent structure with flexible content. Parent or caregiver participation is required. HIGHLIGHTS: Outdoor activities such as collecting, hiding, piling, catching and exploring nature. Indoor activities including fun crafts, hands-on experiments and sensory games. Circle time with structured sharing,[...]
Little Saplings Parent & Tot Program – Fall @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Little Saplings Parent & Tot Program - Fall @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Recommended for children ages 1-5. In this weekly program, youngsters will explore a new nature theme each week. The format allows for consistent structure with flexible content. Parent or caregiver participation is required. HIGHLIGHTS: Outdoor activities such as collecting, hiding, piling, catching and exploring nature. Indoor activities including fun crafts, hands-on experiments and sensory games. Circle time with structured sharing,[...]
Workshop: Reptiles of Ontario @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: Reptiles of Ontario @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
A hands-on workshop featuring live reptiles from around the province! Learn how to identify and conserve Ontario’s snakes, turtles, and lizard from Jeff Hathaway of Scales Nature Park. Learn threats and conservation issues key identification features, distribution, handling techniques, and much more! Participants will have the opportunity to handle various live species. Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist[...]
Workshop: Sparrows @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Sparrows @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
In this module we will study the 19 species of sparrows found in Ontario. Using field markings, habitat, song and behaviour as a guide, this module will help you become more confident in your sparrow ID abilities. At the end of this workshop you will no longer need to call them “those little brown jobs”. Also offered as part of[...]
Culture Days 2018 @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Culture Days 2018 @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Join Kortright staff by our picnic shelter to see what we have to offer all year round. Enjoy a campfire (bring your own items to roast), discover interesting creatures, talk to a naturalist,  dissect an owl pellet, and find other family friendly crafts and activities.
Workshop: Invertebrate Identification @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Invertebrate Identification @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Invertebrates make up about 97% of the world’s species — and yet they seem to attract the least attention from naturalists. This session will move beyond “charismatic” invertebrate species and delve deeper into their world. There are approximately 30 phyla of invertebrates, but for the sake of this course we will focus on the Mollusca (snails, slugs, etc.), Annelida (earthworms,[...]
Naturally Mindful: Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Naturally Mindful: Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Each 2.5 hour Forest Therapy Walk is a gentle experience in nature, led by Ameeta Dudani, mindfulness teacher and mental health practitioner. The aim is to get you out of your head, to get to know yourself better and learn to switch from the busy, reactive state to a more relaxed being state. In Forest Therapy, the guide opens the[...]
Workshop: Mosses and Liverworts @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Mosses and Liverworts @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Bryophytes are a group of small herbaceous non-vascular land plants that includes mosses, liverworts and hornworts. Mosses and liverworts share the same habitat and can be often found growing together. In this module we will take a closer look at these species and begin to learn how to identify them in the field. Instructor: David Bradley Also offered as part[...]
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Colours Celebration
10:00 am
Experience autumn’s beauty with guided fall colours walks, self-guided tours, and more. Join our knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Enjoy our crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it! Hikes: 11:00 am and 1 pm House Tour*: 2:30 pm *Space is limited[...]
Workshop: Animal Tracking @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: Animal Tracking @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Building upon the animal tracking unit in Level I of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course, we will look at sign and tracks in the field to increase proficiency in animal tracking. Additionally, we will work with tracking tools to learn techniques hands-on. Instructor: Lee Earle Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.  
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Colours Celebration
10:00 am
Experience autumn’s beauty with guided fall colours walks, self-guided tours, and more. Join our knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Enjoy our crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it! Hikes: 11:00 am and 1 pm House Tour*: 2:30 pm *Space is limited[...]
Workshop: Fungi @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Fungi @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
1:00 pm
Fungi (mushrooms) have long been prized in the culinary world. Lesser known is their important ecological role as decomposers that recycle dead plants into nutrients used by other plant life. This module will look into the ecosystem role, biology and identification of these great decomposers. Instructor: Katherine Vatcher Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.[...]
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Colours Celebration
10:00 am
Experience autumn’s beauty with guided fall colours walks, self-guided tours, and more. Join our knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Enjoy our crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it! Hikes: 11:00 am and 1 pm House Tour*: 2:30 pm *Space is limited[...]
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Colours Celebration
10:00 am
Experience autumn’s beauty with guided fall colours walks, self-guided tours, and more. Join our knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Enjoy our crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it! Hikes: 11:00 am and 1 pm House Tour*: 2:30 pm *Space is limited[...]
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Colours Celebration
10:00 am
Experience autumn’s beauty with guided fall colours walks, self-guided tours, and more. Join our knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Enjoy our crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it! Hikes: 11:00 am and 1 pm House Tour*: 2:30 pm *Space is limited[...]
Workshop: Methods in Environmental Education @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Workshop: Methods in Environmental Education @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
An important part of being a naturalist is sharing your knowledge with others. This full-day session will cover the current methods and practices in environmental education. You will gain hands-on experience in delivering environmental education programming and work with an experienced outdoor educator to learn the principles of environmental education. Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course[...]
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Colours Celebration
10:00 am
Experience autumn’s beauty with guided fall colours walks, self-guided tours, and more. Join our knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Enjoy our crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it! Hikes: 11:00 am and 1 pm House Tour*: 2:30 pm *Space is limited[...]
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Colours Celebration
10:00 am
Experience autumn’s beauty with guided fall colours walks, self-guided tours, and more. Join our knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Enjoy our crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it! Hikes: 11:00 am and 1 pm House Tour*: 2:30 pm *Space is limited[...]
Kreepy Kortright @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Kreepy Kortright @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
6:30 pm
Celebrate the Halloween spirit with spooky and scary activities at Kortright. Discover a haunted house, a frightening forest walk, Halloween activities, bonfire, scary stories and live owls. Fun for youngsters 10 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets required. DATES October 26, 27, 28 and 29  
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall Colours Celebration
10:00 am
Experience autumn’s beauty with guided fall colours walks, self-guided tours, and more. Join our knowledgeable staff for a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House, a model home with state of the art sustainable technologies throughout. Enjoy our crackling campfire and bring some food to cook over it! Hikes: 11:00 am and 1 pm House Tour*: 2:30 pm *Space is limited[...]