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Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 23 @ 11:00 am
Waterfowl: Toronto's Winter Spectacle @ Tommy Thompson Park | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
6:30 pm
BIRDING AT TOMMY THOMPSON PARK Toronto’s lakeshore is the winter home to an amazing abundance and diversity of ducks. Learn how to identify the hardy Arctic-breeding species that travel to our shores for the coldest months of the year — as well as more familiar varieties that stick around all year long. We’ll cover identification of ducks on the water[...]
CANCELLED: Organic Gardening Course @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
CANCELLED: Organic Gardening Course @ 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,[...]
Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Forest therapy is a concept based upon the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku (“forest bathing”): the practice of immersing yourself in nature — or more specifically the forest — and connecting with the forest in a deep, mindful way that allows for inner and outer healing. Each 2.5 hour Forest therapy walk, led by Ameeta Dudani, is a gentle experience[...]
Course: Naturally Mindful – Spring Session @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Course: Naturally Mindful - Spring Session @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditationin Nature This unique six-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 reinforces its benefits. Practicing mindfulness in nature can help us get to know ourselves[...]
Course: Introduction to Beekeeping @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 7 @ 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[...]
Course: Introduction to Beekeeping @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 8 @ 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[...]
Workshop: Gardening for the Birds @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Workshop: Gardening for the Birds @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
7:00 pm
Creating a refuge in your own backyard will improve the lives of birds and other wildlife — and it’s a fun and rewarding activity for your family, too! This presentation focuses on the the key elements of attracting wildlife as well as the use of specific types of plants. WORKSHOP DATE Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:00 to 8:30 pm PRICING[...]
Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 13 all-day
Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
12:00 am
Learn a vast array of naturalist skills from experts in the field. This blended learning course, targeted at budding or amateur naturalists, combines 40 hours of in-class, hands-on instruction and self-paced online learning. In this course you will learn species identification, ecological significance, biology, memory aids, and threats to local flora and fauna. This newfound knowledge will help you experience[...]
Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 13 all-day
Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
12:00 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[...]
Workshop: Sparrows @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Sparrows @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
This workshop will cover the 19 species of sparrow found in Ontario. Using field markings, habitat, song and behaviour as a guide, the full-day session will help you become more confident in your sparrow ID abilities. (You’ll no longer need to call them “those little brown jobs”!) ** Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II. WORKSHOP[...]
Workshop: Warblers @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Warblers @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
With their vibrant colors, beautiful songs and dynamic personalities, warblers are the jewels of the bird world. They are also one of the most challenging group of birds to see and identify. Using PowerPoint slides and binoculars in the field, this workshop will focus on warbler natural history and identification tips and tricks. Also offered as part of the Ontario[...]
Yoga + Forest Therapy Mini Retreat @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Yoga + Forest Therapy Mini Retreat @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
A Three-Hour Experience! Join Ameeta Dudani, mental health professional and mindfulness/yoga teacher, for this three-hour mini retreat. The session will begin with a gentle hatha yoga practice (suitable for all levels) held indoors by a cozy fireplace, and then transition to a forest therapy walk outdoors. Feel restored, invigorated and nourished — inspired by the forest and by the process[...]
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 27 @ 11:00 am
Birding for Beginners: A New World on  Your Doorstep @ Tommy Thompson Park
6:30 pm
BIRDING AT TOMMY THOMPSON PARK Birdwatching is a fun and easy way to connect to nature in your backyard, neighborhood and beyond. However, with hundreds of bird species moving through the GTA every year, it can be tough to know how to get started! In this workshop, we will cover basic bird identification, biology and migration, as well as choosing[...]
Workshop: Methods in Environmental Education @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 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[...]
Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Forest therapy is a concept based upon the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku (“forest bathing”): the practice of immersing yourself in nature — or more specifically the forest — and connecting with the forest in a deep, mindful way that allows for inner and outer healing. Each 2.5 hour Forest therapy walk, led by Ameeta Dudani, is a gentle experience[...]
Course: Ancient Technologies I @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 4 @ 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 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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. * Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I. WORKSHOP DATE Saturday[...]
Silent Retreat @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Silent Retreat @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
This five-hour silent retreat, held seasonally, will give you the opportunity to experience mindfulness-in-nature practices that allow you to rest your mind, connect with yourself and your body, and deepen your relationship to nature. The retreat will consist of guided meditation and nature connection practices, indoors and outdoors, with the majority of the day spent outdoors. Dressing in layers, appropriate[...]
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – May 25 @ 10:00 am
Birding by Ear: Learning to Hear the Avian Landscape @ Tommy Thompson Park
6:00 pm
BIRDING AT TOMMY THOMPSON PARK Birdwatching might as well be called “bird-listening”, so important are audio cues in identifying and finding birds! Learn all about this crucial, but under-emphasized, aspect of observing bird life. We will cover all the different ways that birds communicate by sound, as well as the techniques you can use to identify birds by their vocalizations.[...]
Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Forest therapy is a concept based upon the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku (“forest bathing”): the practice of immersing yourself in nature — or more specifically the forest — and connecting with the forest in a deep, mindful way that allows for inner and outer healing. Each 2.5 hour Forest therapy walk, led by Ameeta Dudani, is a gentle experience[...]
Workshop: Tree Identification @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop: Tree Identification @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Join an experienced urban forester for an interactive, hands-on training session to increase your Tree ID skills. This workshop 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 Certification Course Level I. WORKSHOP DATE Saturday June 22, 2019 9:00 am[...]
Workshop: Wildflowers – Beyond the Field Guide @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Wildflowers - Beyond the Field Guide @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
Develop your wildflower identification skills as we focus on the vast array of wildflowers in bloom at this time of year — including some more-difficult-to-ID species. In addition, we will discuss topics that are “beyond the field guide,” such as the meanings behind some of the Latin names, plus various strategies wildflowers use to get pollinated, disperse their seeds, and[...]
Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Forest Therapy Walk @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
10:00 am
Forest therapy is a concept based upon the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku (“forest bathing”): the practice of immersing yourself in nature — or more specifically the forest — and connecting with the forest in a deep, mindful way that allows for inner and outer healing. Each 2.5 hour Forest therapy walk, led by Ameeta Dudani, is a gentle experience[...]
Workshop: Dragonflies and Damselflies @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Dragonflies and Damselflies @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
12:00 pm
DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES* Learn about the fascinating biology and migration of some of the world’s most ancient flying animals: the dragonflies and damselflies! Join an Odonata expert 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[...]
Workshop: Midnight Astronomy @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jul 17 @ 8:30 pm – Jul 18 @ 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 DATE Wednesday July 17,[...]
Workshop: Butterflies of Ontario @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jul 20 @ 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 Certification Course Level I. WORKSHOP DATE Saturday July[...]
Introduction to Macro Photography @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Macro Photography @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
1:00 pm
Learn the basics of nature photography under the tutelage of a professional photographer. This in-depth photography workshop will consist of instruction and practice on macro photography and in the field landscape photography. Cameras and tripods not provided; please bring your own. WORKSHOP DATE Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00 to 4:00 pm PRICING $59 + HST  
Workshop: Buzz on Bees @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Aug 24 @ 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[...]
Workshop: Introduction to Birds @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Introduction to Birds @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
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 to birding, covering topics such as bird identification, bird anatomy, how to choose and use binoculars and where/when[...]
Workshop: Ferns and Grasses @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop: Ferns and Grasses @ Kortright Centre for Conservation
9:00 am
This full-day session will be split between the study of ferns and grasses. Ferns are an ancient species of vascular plant. Their history long precedes seed plants and they rely on minute spores to reproduce. Learn the biology, habitat requirements and characteristics of ferns necessary to identify them in the field. Grasses are an abundant species in ecosystems throughout Ontario.[...]
Notice - Friday, March 22th, 2019: Due to high winds, the Kortright Centre for Conservation and the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival will be closed.