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Programs for Adults

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.

adult nature education at Kortright Centre

COURSES

Kortright Centre visitors at outdoor workshop

WORKSHOPS

woman does yoga outdoors at Kortright Centre

HEALTH & WELLNESS

solar energy workshop at the Kortright Centre

SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION & TRAINING

ARCHETYPE SUSTAINABLE HOUSE TOURS

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

 

ANCIENT TECHNOLOGIES I

ANCIENT TECHNOLOGIES I

This four-part course will take you back in time to the ancient woodland setting of the Kortright Centre.

burning logs in campfire

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 important skills essential to survival including cordage, tracking, shelter building, finding potable water and foraging.


COURSE DATES
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am to 1 pm
May 5, 6, 12 and 13

PRICING
$169 + HST

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ANCIENT TECHNOLOGIES II

ANCIENT TECHNOLOGIES II

This two-day follow-up to Ancient Technologies I includes an overnight in your self-built shelter.

blazing campfire

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 experience for short period of time.


COURSE DATES
Saturday September 22 @ 9 am to Sunday September 23 @ 2 pm

PRICING
$199 + HST

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INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING

This seven-part course provides information and hands-on opportunities for the beginner beekeeper.

apiarist tends beehive at Kortright Centre

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

Each session includes both in-class learning and hands-on experience in the bee yard with experts. Veils and jackets available on request.


COURSE DATES

Mondays, 1 pm to 4 pm
April 9, May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug 13, Sept 10 and Nov 5

NEW! Sundays, 10 am to 1 pm
April 22, May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 23 and October 28

PRICING
$299 + HST

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ONTARIO NATURALIST CERTIFICATION COURSE LEVEL I

ONTARIO NATURALIST CERTIFICATION COURSE LEVEL I

Learn a vast array of naturalist skills from experts in the field.

red tailed hawk

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 the natural world in a whole new way.

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

The following 12 modules are included in this certification course and are also available as individually priced workshops. LEARN MORE.

Module 1: Introduction to Birds, Saturday April 14 & Sunday April 15
Module 2: Wildflower and Tree Identification, Saturday June 23
Module 3: Dragonflies and Damselflies, Saturday July 14
Module 4: Bat ID & Survey Methods, Thursday July 19
Module 5: Butterflies, Saturday August 11
Module 6: Bees, Saturday August 25
Module 7: Reptiles of Ontario, Saturday September 29
Module 8: Methods in Environmental Education, Saturday October 20
Module 9: Birds of Prey, Thursday November 15
Module 10: Natural History of Southern Ontario, Online
Module 11: Amphibians of Ontario, Online
Module 12: Mammal Tracking and ID, Online

Course dates and times have been determined based on the best season and time of day for viewing wildlife in the field and speaker availability.

An Ontario Naturalist Level I certificate will be issued when all course modules are completed.


PRICING
$429 + HST

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ONTARIO NATURALIST CERTIFICATION COURSE LEVEL II

ONTARIO NATURALIST CERTIFICATION COURSE LEVEL II

This advanced naturalist course introduces new topics and builds upon the skills learned in the Ontario Naturalist Course Level I.

dragonfly

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

This course is open to students who have completed the Ontario Naturalist Course Level I or who can demonstrate equivalent knowledge and experience.

COURSE TIMES:
9 am to 4 pm (except where noted)

Module 1: Birds: Warblers, Saturday, April 28
Module 2: Ferns and Grasses, Saturday, June 23
Module 3: Wildflowers: Beyond the Field Guide, Sunday June 24
Module 4: Sparrows, Saturday, September 29
Module 5: Invertebrate Identification, Sunday, September 30
Module 6: Mosses and Liverworts, Saturday, October 6
Module 7: Animal Tracking, Sunday October 7, 9 am to 12 pm
Module 8: Fungi, Sunday, October 7,  1 pm to 4 pm
Module 9: Human Impacts on the Landscape, Online
Module 10: Winter Tree ID, Online

Course dates and times have been determined based on the best season and time of day for viewing wildlife in the field and speaker availability.

An Ontario Naturalist Level II certificate will be issued when all course modules are completed.

NOTE: These courses can also be taken as individual workshops. Full day workshops are $79 + HST, half day workshops are $39 + HST and online classes are $10 + HST. There is a 10% discount offered to Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) staff.

For more detailed information, please email Natalie Swaak at nswaak@trca.on.ca.


PRICING
$459 + HST

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Need help with your booking?
Please contact Caroline MacGillivray at 416-667-6295 x 602

 

ORGANIC GARDENING

ORGANIC GARDENING

This eight-week course will cover all the skills required to grow a successful organic garden.

organically grown tomatoes at the Living City Farm

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, planting for maximum yield, weed control, succession planting, backyard chickens, pest control, seed saving and harvesting.

Please bring gardening gloves, knee pads (if desired), sunscreen, hat, bug repellent, a snack and a water bottle.


COURSE DATES
Sundays, 1 pm to 4 pm
March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug 26, Sept 23 and Oct 14

PRICING
$349 + HST (8 Sessions)

NOTE
Late registrations will be accepted over the phone by calling Caroline MacGillivray at 416-667-6295.
Pricing will be prorated to $305 for those starting the course on Sunday April 22.

 

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.

Individually marked workshops are also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course Level I (*) or Level II (**).

Kortright Centre visitors at outdoor workshop

 

ANIMAL TRACKING**

ANIMAL TRACKING**

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.

white tailed deer

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.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, October 7, 9 am to 12 pm

PRICING
$39+HST

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BAT ID AND SURVEY METHODS*

BAT ID AND SURVEY METHODS*

Learn about the only mammals that can fly, and discover how their incredible echo-location system works!

night hike

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 for insects overhead and identify them using sophisticated audio detection tools!

Guest Instructor: Chris Ketola

* Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Tuesday, July 17, 7 pm to 10 pm

PRICING
$29 + HST

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BIRDING TOUR OF KORTRIGHT*

BIRDING TOUR OF KORTRIGHT*

Join expert birder Kristen Martyn and Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie for a day exploring the Kortright Centre property.

bird watcher with binoculars

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.

* Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Sunday, September 9, 9 am to 2 pm

PRICING
$69 + HST

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BIRDS OF PREY*

BIRDS OF PREY*

Join Wild Ontario’s naturalists for an evening all about birds of prey!

hawk perches on tree branch

In the first part of this program we’ll cover the basics of biology, natural history and identification. Then meet some of Wild Ontario’s special (feathered) guests, up close and personal.

Finally, head out for a walk on the trails as we try to hear, or maybe even see, some of Kortright’s elusive nocturnal inhabitants.

* Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Thursday, November 15, 7 pm to 9:30 pm

PRICING
$45 + HST

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BIRDS: SPARROWS**

BIRDS: SPARROWS**

In this module we will study the 19 species of sparrows found in Ontario.

sparrow

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 the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday September 29, 9 am to 4 pm

PRICING
$79 + HST

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BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO*

BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO*

This workshop will give you a close-up look at these beauties of nature.

little wood satyr butterfly

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, August 11, 9 am to 4 pm

PRICING
$79 + HST

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BUZZ ON BEES*

BUZZ ON BEES*

This workshop will give you an up-close and personal look into the lives of these incredible insects.

bee pollinates a wildflower

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 as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, August 25, 9 am to 12 pm

PRICING
$29 + HST

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DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES*

DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES*

Learn about the fascinating biology and migration of some of the world’s most ancient flying animals: the dragonflies and damselflies!

dragonfly

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 Certification Course Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, July 14, 12 pm to 4 pm

PRICING
$39 + HST

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FERNS AND GRASSES**

FERNS AND GRASSES**

This full-day session will be split between the study of ferns and grasses.

sensitive fern

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. This module will look at grass taxonomy, biology and cover the differences between grasses, sedges and rushes, which all belong to different plant families.

** Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, June 23, 9 am to 4 pm

PRICING
$79 + HST

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FUNGI**

FUNGI**

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.

mushrooms grow in forest
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.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, October 7, 1 pm to 4 pm

PRICING
$39 + HST

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GARDENING FOR THE BIRDS

GARDENING FOR THE BIRDS

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!

sunflower

Join Kristen Martyn as she explores how you can create a garden for the birds and other wildlife to enjoy.

This presentation focuses on the four key elements of attracting wildlife, as well as the use of specific types of plants (with emphasis on native plants).


WORKSHOP DATE
Wednesday, April 11, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

PRICING
$19 + HST

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INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING*

INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING*

Join Kristen Martyn, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Barrie and expert birder, to learn the basics of birding.

great crested flycatcher

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 to look for birds in Ontario.

* Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, September 8, 9 am to 3:30 pm

PRICING
$79 + HST

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INTRODUCTION TO NATURE JOURNALING

INTRODUCTION TO NATURE JOURNALING

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.

wooden boardwalk at Kortright Centre

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 journaling.

Instructor: Natalie Swaak


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, May 12, 9 am to 12 pm

PRICING
$29 + HST

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INTRODUCTION TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Learn the basics of Nature photography with professional photographer Max Skwarna.

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.

For a look at Max Skwarna’s outstanding nature photography find him on the web at maxskwarna.com or on Instagram at #flashbulb555.

Cameras and tripods are not provided; please bring your own.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, May 26, 9 am to 12 pm

PRICING
$59 + HST

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INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION**

INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION**

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.

banded wood snail

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, etc.) and Arthropoda (insects, spiders, etc.).

Instructor: Dan Sneider

** Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.


WORKSHOP DATE
Sunday September 30, 9 am to 4 pm

PRICING
$79 + HST

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NEW! MAPLE SYRUP: FROM TAP TO TABLE

NEW! MAPLE SYRUP: FROM TAP TO TABLE

In this workshop you’ll learn about the process of producing maple syrup from tap to table.

visitors at Kortright Maple Syrup festival

You’ll experience a personalized tour through the maple bush, sample our syrup, learn about tree identification, and see how our demonstration sugar shack runs.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, March 3, 10 am to 12 pm

PRICING
$25 + HST

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METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION*

METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION*

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.

People at a guided hike

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 Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, October 20, 9 am to 3 pm

PRICING
$69 + HST

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MIDNIGHT ASTRONOMY

MIDNIGHT ASTRONOMY

stars in night sky

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 18, 8:30 pm to 12 am
Rain date: Thursday, July 26, 2018

PRICING
$45 + HST

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MOSSES AND LIVERWORTS**

MOSSES AND LIVERWORTS**

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.

moss grows on tree root

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 of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday October 6, 9 am to 4 pm

PRICING
$79 + HST

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REPTILES OF ONTARIO

REPTILES OF ONTARIO*

A hands-on workshop featuring live reptiles from around the province!

garter snake

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 Certificate Course.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday, September 29, 9 am to 12 pm

PRICING
$45 + HST

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SPRING WILDFLOWERS*

SPRING WILDFLOWERS*

April showers bring May flowers!

wildflowers in bloom

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 Certification Course Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday May 5, 9 am to 4 pm

PRICING
$79 + HST

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TREE IDENTIFICATION*

TREE IDENTIFICATION*

Join Natalie Swaak, an experienced urban forester, for an interactive, hands-on training session to increase your Tree ID skills.

trail at Kortright Centre

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 Certification Course Level I.


WORKSHOP DATE
Saturday June 16, 9 am to 12 pm

PRICING
$29 + HST

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WILDFLOWERS: BEYOND THE FIELD GUIDE**

WILDFLOWERS: BEYOND THE FIELD GUIDE**

Further develop your wildflower identification skills as we focus on the vast array of wildflowers in bloom at this time of year, including time devoted to more-difficult-to-ID species.

wildflowers at Kortright Centre

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 defend themselves.

Instructor: Richard Aaron

** Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.


WORKSHOP DATE
Sunday June 24, 9 am to 4 pm

PRICING
$79 + HST

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  * Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course Level I.
** Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course Level II.

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Individually marked online workshops are also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course Level I (*) or Level II (**).

AMPHIBIANS OF ONTARIO*

AMPHIBIANS OF ONTARIO*

There are 26 native amphibian species — 13 frogs, 13 salamanders and newts — found in Ontario. This self-study workshop covers identification, habitat and conservation concerns for native amphibians.

peeper

This module consists of a lesson, field study and quiz, all of which are required to complete the section.

* Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


PRICING
$10 + HST

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BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO*

BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO*

This online workshop will cover life cycles, habitat and identification of common butterflies of Ontario.

eastern swallowtail butterfly

 

* Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


PRICING
$10 + HST

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HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE LANDSCAPE**

HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE LANDSCAPE**

This online workshop will look at current and historical land use patterns in Southern Ontario and how they have influenced the current landscape.

aerial view of Don Valley

The effects of human activities on the biological world will also be examined in both an historical and contemporary context. Finally, ecologically appropriate restoration will be introduced.

** Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.


PRICING
$10 + HST

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MAMMAL TRACKING AND ID*

MAMMAL TRACKING AND ID*

This unit covers identification including sign and tracking of common mammal species in Ontario.

eastern cottontail rabbit

There are 86 wild species of mammal found in Ontario. Of these, 38 are found in the Greater Toronto Area and 10 species are locally extirpated.

This module consists of a lesson, field study and quiz, all of which are required to complete the section.

* Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


PRICING
$10 + HST

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NATURAL HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO*

NATURAL HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO*

This session provides an introduction to the natural history of southern Ontario through the lens of ecosystems and wildlife.

Bruce Peninsula

Learn about the ecosystems unique to southern Ontario including the Niagara Escarpment, Point Pelee, and Bruce Peninsula.

* Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level I.


PRICING
$10 + HST

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WINTER TREE ID**

WINTER TREE ID**

This online workshop will introduce tree features that are useful for winter identification of deciduous trees.

forest trail at Kortright Centre in winter

From bark to buds to leaf scars, you will learn to read these winter clues to tree ID. We will focus on common native Ontario trees and shrubs.

** Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certification Course Level II.


PRICING
$10 + HST

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  * Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course Level I.
** Also offered as part of the Ontario Naturalist Certificate Course Level II.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

At Kortright Centre we recognize that spending time in nature is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. In 2018, we are offering a new suite of programs to nourish your body and soul.

 

women do yoga outdoors at Kortright Centre

 

ECOPSYCHOLOGY

ECOPSYCHOLOGY

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an eight-week program that explores the principles of Ecopsychology and Eco Art Therapy.

woman enjoys nature walk

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 to new concepts, which they will then apply to practical activities and then reflect both collectively and individually.

Explore ways to gain a deeper understanding of how nature communicates, and what we can learn from this in our own lives. Challenge yourself to think beyond the five senses and stimulate your inner green. Get creative as we explore Eco-Art activities that go beyond the barriers of artistic techniques. Integrate yourself with Nature and the numerous life systems that intricately flow all around us.

Guest Instructor: Memona Hossain.


COURSE DATES
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 pm to 8 pm
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27

PRICING
$299 + HST for eight-week course

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FOREST THERAPY WALKS

FOREST THERAPY WALK

Each 2.5 hour Forest Therapy Walk is a gentle experience in nature, led by Ameeta Dudani, mindfulness teacher and mental health practitioner.

women enjoy forest therapy walk at Kortright Centre

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 door and the forest is the therapist.

Each session will end with a tea ceremony. This is an outdoor program so please dress for the weather (comfortable outdoor clothing, good footwear, rain gear and extra layers) and bring a water bottle.


DATES
Sundays, 10 am to 12:30 pm
April 15, May 27, July 15

PRICING
$45 + HST

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NATURALLY MINDFUL

NATURALLY MINDFUL

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.

woman meditating in 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 know ourselves better and learn to more easily switch from the busy “doing” (reactive) move to “being” (responsive) mode.

Each two-hour session, led by Ameeta Dudani, will include teachings, guided practice in nature, periods of silence, mindful journaling, and group discussion. No experience with mindfulness is require for this course.

In the tradition of most mindfulness courses, this course will include a silent retreat.


COURSE DATES

Spring Session
Fridays, 10 am to 12 pm
April 6 to May 11
Silent retreat: Sunday May 6, 10 am to 3 pm

PRICING
$299 + HST for six-week course and silent retreat

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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 Tours are available on the following days and times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 to April 2 and every day during March Break 2018 (March 13-17) at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm.
  • Every Saturday and Sunday in October and Thanksgiving Monday at 2:30 pm.

Tour space is limited and advance registration is required.

Please call 905-832-2289 to reserve your spot.

interior of Archetype Sustainable House

 

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