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Enjoy learning on the land. The Kortright Centre for Conservation is pleased to offer a series of courses and workshops that cater to both amateur and professional naturalists looking to learn new skills in a fun and hands-on environment.

OUR PROGRAMS

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COURSES

At Kortright Centre for Conservation we understand that education is a lifelong process. To provide learning opportunities for our adult visitors, we have developed a series of adult courses, all taught by experts in the field, and designed to provide hands-on training that will allow you to apply your knowledge.

adult nature education at Kortright Centre

SELECT COURSES

Ontario Naturalist Level 1

COMING FALL 2022

We are hard at work planning our next session of the Ontario Naturalist Level 1 Course and are hoping to relaunch in Fall 2022 with a new curriculum and online training resources.

Course Description: 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, memory aids, and threats to local flora and fauna. This newfound knowledge will help you experience the natural world in a whole new way.

eastern cottontail rabbit

This course has a maximum cohort of 20 students to ensure high quality, individualized learning.

Select modules in this certification course are also available as individually priced workshops:

Module 1: Nature Interpretation 101
Module 2: Reptiles of Ontario
Module 3: Amphibians of Ontario
Module 4: Introduction to Birds of Ontario
Module 5: Natural History of Southern Ontario
Module 6: Mammal ID and Tracking
Module 7: Introduction to Plants
Module 8: Birds of Prey
Module 9: Wildflower and Tree Identification
Module 10: Butterflies of Ontario
Module 11: Bees
Module 12: Dragonflies and Damselflies

Course dates and times will be determined based on the best season and time of day for wildlife viewing in the field, and speaker availability. Most sessions will be held on weekends, but at least one session will be scheduled on a weekday evening.

Please check this page again soon for updates, or contact us to be added to our mailing list and we will send you a notification as soon as the next session is open for registration.

Introduction to Beekeeping

RETURNING IN SPRING 2023

We are hard at work getting our in-person programming running again. Depending on interest, we anticipate offering this course again in Spring of 2023.

Course Description: 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, from April to November.

apiarist tends beehive at Kortright Centre

Participants will learn how to:

  • Build hive equipment
  • Perform status checks of active hives
  • Assess the health of the Queen
  • Control for pests
  • Harvest honey
  • Prepare hives for winter

Each session includes both in-class learning and hands-on experience in our bee yard.

Please contact us to be put on our list and we will contact you when this course is open for registration.

WORKSHOPS

The Kortright Centre for Conservation is pleased to offer workshops that cater to both amateur and professional naturalists looking to learn new skills in a fun and hands-on environment.

Science of Fall Colours

Date: Saturday October 22, 2022
Time:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (All ages)
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Ages 14+)
Price: $20 + HST (Children under 3 free)
Maximum Participants: 20

Join instructor Myles for a nature walk, looking at the beauty of the fall and the science behind what is happening to create the stunning display. The walk will end with a hands-on experiment where you will experience to science of fall colours.

fall leaves on the damp ground

WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS

Enjoy a series of workshops for educators this fall. These programs are designed to encourage educators to bring their students outside and explore how to do this in a safe and engaging way.

 

Hiking in the Forest

Date: Saturday November 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Price: $30 + HST
Maximum Participants: 20

Being in nature is restorative to both mind and body. Participants in this workshop will learn about the health and mental benefits of bringing children outside.

children explore forest trail at Kortright Centre

You will also learn practical skills, tips and tricks and safety considerations to use on your next nature hike with children.

SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION & TRAINING

The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program offers a wide variety of workshops and certification programs at the Kortright Centre, for both professionals and homeowners.

These programs cover disciplines such as renewable energy technologies, green building technologies, and many more.

BROWSE PROGRAMS

 

Kortright’s Commitment to Excellence

  • We offer Canada’s largest educational demonstrations of renewable energy and green buildings.
  • Our staff members have more than 75 years of  combined experience in teaching about and installing photovoltaic (PV) systems.
  • We maintain a low teacher-to-student ratio (maximum of 16 students).
  • We offer the latest demonstrations of real systems ranging from:
    • 100 watts to 90 kw
    • Grid and off-grid systems
    • Sloped roof top flat, roof roof, integrated and tracking systems

 

solar energy workshop at the Kortright Centre

 

SUSTAINABLE HOUSE TOURS

Take a guided tour or our two LEED Platinum-certified houses: one illustrating sustainable practices readily available today, the other demonstrating cutting-edge sustainable and renewable technologies on the horizon.

Archetype Sustainable House at Kortright Centre

PUBLIC TOUR DATES:
There are no public tours scheduled at this time.

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