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Course: Introduction to Beekeeping @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Course: Introduction to Beekeeping @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
This seven-part course provides information and hands-on opportunities for the beginner beekeeper. Led by experienced apiarists, this course will walk you through the active bee season, April to November. Participants will learn how to: Build hive equipment Perform status checks of active hives Assess the health of the Queen Control for pests and diseases Harvest honey Prepare hives for winter[...]
Repair Café @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Repair Café @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Bring in your bicycles, garden tools and other items in need of repair. Our volunteer fixers will get you ready for the season. While you’re there you may just learn a trick or two!  
Course: Organic Gardening @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Course: Organic Gardening @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
1:00 pm
This eight-week course will cover all the skills required to grow a successful organic garden. Led by experienced educator and knowledgeable organic farmer Buchi Onakufe, the course will include both indoor and hands-on outdoor learning. The course will meet once per month throughout the growing season at Akachi Farms, our on-site organic farm. Topics will include: seeding, site preparation, transplanting,[...]
Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
This advanced naturalist course introduces new topics and builds upon the skills learned in the Ontario Naturalist Course Level I. This blended learning course, targeted at experienced naturalists or professionals working in the field, combines 50 hours of in-class, hands-on instruction and self-paced online learning. In addition to online and in-class learning, a minimum of 30 volunteers hours are required[...]
Spring Trail Run @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Spring Trail Run @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
8:00 am
Join our run leads, Mark Sawh and Michael Auciello, as you explore and experience the beautiful trails at the Kortright Centre. Our 6 km trail run will commence at 8:30 am and will be followed by a yoga and meditation session. Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle. As always, some great surprises will be announced after the run![...]
Course: Ancient Technologies I @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Course: Ancient Technologies I @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
This four-part course will take you back in time to the ancient woodland setting of the Kortright Centre. Join expert outdoorsman Jonathan Thompson to learn about the four essential elements of survival: fire, shelter, water and food. Learn the art of fire by friction and make your own fire-bow kit to take home. This course will cover a variety of[...]
Workshop: Spring Wildflowers @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop: Spring Wildflowers @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
April showers bring May flowers! Spring is a fantastic time for a walk in an Ontario park, especially before leaf-out. Hands on learning with an expert will teach you to identify many Ontario spring wildflowers, including trout lily, trilliums, bloodroot, mayapple, hepatica and dutchman’s breeches. Guest Instructor: Richard Aaron Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course.
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Four Winds Kite Festival
10:00 am
Come Fly With Us! It’s time to look up … way up … and watch fascinating, fabulous kites take flight. Take part in this great family outing where you can see professional kite flying demonstrations, make a kite, enjoy pond dipping, have a picnic and take a self-guided hike to see nature blooming in the spring. Launched in 1989, the[...]
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Four Winds Kite Festival
10:00 am
Come Fly With Us! It’s time to look up … way up … and watch fascinating, fabulous kites take flight. Take part in this great family outing where you can see professional kite flying demonstrations, make a kite, enjoy pond dipping, have a picnic and take a self-guided hike to see nature blooming in the spring. Launched in 1989, the[...]
Workshop: Introduction to Nature Journaling @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: Introduction to Nature Journaling @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Keeping a nature journal is a wonderful way to develop a personal connection with nature. Paired with a field guide and binoculars, a nature journal can be an excellent tool for improving your naturalist skills. This is an introductory class for participants of all backgrounds and abilities. Artistic ability, while helpful, is not a requirement for getting started with nature[...]
Mother’s Day Brunch and Nature Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 13 all-day
Mother’s Day Brunch and Nature Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
12:00 am
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a delicious brunch followed by a delightful guided springtime nature walk through the beautiful forests at Kortright. Sunday May 13, 2018 Two seatings available: 10:30 am and 1 pm PRICING Adults: $49.95 plus HST (12 years +) Children: $34.95 plus HST (3 – 11 years old) Optional Flowers Bouquet in a Mason Jar Mug: $10[...]
Workshop: Introduction to Nature Photography @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 26 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Workshop: Introduction to Nature Photography @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
8:30 am
Learn the basics of Nature photography with professional photographer Max Skwarna. Paired with a field guide and binoculars, a nature journal can be an excellent tool for improving your naturalist skills. This in-depth photography workshop will consist of two hours of instruction and practice on macro photography and two hours of in-the-field landscape photography. Cameras are not provided; please bring[...]
Naturally Mindful: Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 27 @ 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[...]
The Nature School: PA Day @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Nature School: PA Day @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
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, as nature becomes the classroom. DATE AND TIME: Monday June 4, 9 am to 4 pm PRICING: $55 Advance registration required. Need help with your booking? Call 416-667-6295 x 602  
Ecopsychology @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ecopsychology @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
6:00 pm
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an 8-week program that explores the principles of ecopsychology and eco art therapy. Walking through this program, participants gradually gain a deeper sense of self-value, one’s relationship with nature, and a desire to engage with nature as a trusted and valued aspect of one’s own life. Each week, participants will be introduced[...]
Workshop: Tree Identification @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: Tree Identification @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Join Natalie Swaak, an experienced urban forester, for an interactive, hands-on training session to increase your Tree ID skills. This course will cover common tree species found in Ontario, natural history knowledge, keys and tips and tricks for identifying tree species. Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course.
Workshop: Dragonflies and Damselflies @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jul 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Dragonflies and Damselflies @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
12:00 pm
Learn about the fascinating biology and migration of some of the world’s most ancient flying animals: the dragonflies and damselflies! Join Odonata expert David d’Entremont for a whirlwind tour of these strikingly beautiful insects and venture outdoors to learn some in-the-field identification while observing dragonflies and damselflies in their natural habitats. Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate[...]
Naturally Mindful: Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jul 15 @ 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: Bat ID and Survey Methods @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Workshop: Bat ID and Survey Methods @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
7:00 pm
Learn about the only mammals that can fly, and discover how their incredible echo-location system works! The evening will begin with a presentation covering a wide variety of bat-related topics, including the species native to Ontario and threats such as White-nose Syndrome. The participants will then go out onto the Kortright Centre property to view live bats as they forage[...]
Workshop: Midnight Astronomy @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jul 18 @ 8:30 pm – Jul 19 @ 12:00 am
Workshop: Midnight Astronomy @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
8:30 pm
First, receive a detailed introduction to the basics of astronomy through an indoor presentation. Learn your way around the night sky in an amazing portable planetarium. Next, we’ll venture out into the darkness for naked-eye viewing of constellations, more detailed observations with binoculars (provided) and viewing planets and deep-sky objects through telescopes of amateur astronomers.
Workshop: Butterflies of Ontario @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Butterflies of Ontario @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
  This workshop will give you a close-up look at these beauties of nature. Learn all about butterfly biology and identification, their amazing knack for mimicry and their role in our environment. Then go out and look for these incredible insects in the field. Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course.
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[...]
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, educational programs and camp bursaries for low-income children. Everyone is welcome! Bring the whole family and run, jog or walk to support education programs and conservation[...]
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: 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,[...]
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