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.

OUR PROGRAMS

COURSES

WORKSHOPS

HEALTH & WELLNESS

BIRDING WORKSHOPS AT TOMMY THOMPSON PARK

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

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) regrettably will be postponing all in-person conferences, events and programs until further notice, to proactively protect participants, and all who would be in attendance, from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19.

Please visit the TRCA events calendar for online learning programs and workshops.

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

SELECT WORKSHOPS

  • dragonfly

    DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES* – July 11

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

  • eastern swallowtail butterfly

    BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO – July 19

    Learn all about butterfly biology and identification, their amazing knack for mimicry and their role in our environment.

  • night hike

    BAT ID AND SURVEY METHODS* – July 21

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

  • night sky full of stars

    MIDNIGHT ASTRONOMY – July 22

    Receive a detailed introduction to the basics of astronomy, then venture outside to observe the night sky.

  • night hike

    BAT ID AND SURVEY METHODS – July 23

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

  • little wood satyr butterfly

    BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO* – August 8

    Learn all about butterfly biology and identification, their amazing knack for mimicry and their role in our environment.

  • bee pollinates a wildflower

    BEES* – August 22

    Learn all about bee biology and identification, their role in our environment, and the threats to their health.

  • sensitive fern

    FERNS AND GRASSES** – September 12

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

  • great crested flycatcher

    INTRODUCTION TO BIRDS – September 19

    This workshop offers a fun and educational introduction to one of the most popular hobbies in North America.

  • bird watcher with binoculars

    BIRDING TOUR OF KORTRIGHT – September 20

    Join us for a day exploring the Kortright Centre property, as we watch for our resident bird species and fall migrants such as warblers and other songbirds.

  • garter snake

    REPTILES OF ONTARIO* – September 26

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

  • banded wood snail

    INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION** – September 27

    This session delves into the world of Mollusca (snails, slugs, etc.), Annelida (earthworms, etc.) and Arthropoda (insects, spiders, etc.).

  • moss grows on tree root

    MOSSES AND LIVERWORTS** – October 3

    In this module we will take a closer look at Bryophytes, including mosses, liverworts and hornworts.

  • mushrooms grow in forest

    FUNGI** – October 17

    This module will look into the ecosystem role, biology and identification of fungi.

  • groundhog

    ANIMAL TRACKING** – October 17

    Think you know what made that mark in the snow? Join us for a half-day workshop to learn to identify the tracks and sign of Ontario’s wildlife.

  • hawk perches on tree branch

    BIRDS OF PREY* – November 10

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

  • Bruce Peninsula

    NATURAL HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO* – Online

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

  • peeper

    AMPHIBIANS OF ONTARIO* – Online

    This online workshop covers identification, habitat and conservation concerns for the 26 species of native amphibians found in Ontario.

  • eastern cottontail rabbit

    MAMMAL TRACKING AND ID* – Online

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

  • aerial view of Don Valley

    HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE LANDSCAPE** – Online

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

  • forest trail at Kortright Centre in winter

    WINTER TREE ID** – Online

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

  • night hike

    BAT ID AND SURVEY METHODS* – July 21

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

  • night hike

    BAT ID AND SURVEY METHODS – July 23

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

  • garter snake

    REPTILES OF ONTARIO* – September 26

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

  • groundhog

    ANIMAL TRACKING** – October 17

    Think you know what made that mark in the snow? Join us for a half-day workshop to learn to identify the tracks and sign of Ontario’s wildlife.

  • great crested flycatcher

    INTRODUCTION TO BIRDS – September 19

    This workshop offers a fun and educational introduction to one of the most popular hobbies in North America.

  • bird watcher with binoculars

    BIRDING TOUR OF KORTRIGHT – September 20

    Join us for a day exploring the Kortright Centre property, as we watch for our resident bird species and fall migrants such as warblers and other songbirds.

  • hawk perches on tree branch

    BIRDS OF PREY* – November 10

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

  • dragonfly

    DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES* – July 11

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

  • eastern swallowtail butterfly

    BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO – July 19

    Learn all about butterfly biology and identification, their amazing knack for mimicry and their role in our environment.

  • little wood satyr butterfly

    BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO* – August 8

    Learn all about butterfly biology and identification, their amazing knack for mimicry and their role in our environment.

  • bee pollinates a wildflower

    BEES* – August 22

    Learn all about bee biology and identification, their role in our environment, and the threats to their health.

  • banded wood snail

    INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION** – September 27

    This session delves into the world of Mollusca (snails, slugs, etc.), Annelida (earthworms, etc.) and Arthropoda (insects, spiders, etc.).

  • sensitive fern

    FERNS AND GRASSES** – September 12

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

  • moss grows on tree root

    MOSSES AND LIVERWORTS** – October 3

    In this module we will take a closer look at Bryophytes, including mosses, liverworts and hornworts.

  • mushrooms grow in forest

    FUNGI** – October 17

    This module will look into the ecosystem role, biology and identification of fungi.

  • night sky full of stars

    MIDNIGHT ASTRONOMY – July 22

    Receive a detailed introduction to the basics of astronomy, then venture outside to observe the night sky.

  • Bruce Peninsula

    NATURAL HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO* – Online

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

  • peeper

    AMPHIBIANS OF ONTARIO* – Online

    This online workshop covers identification, habitat and conservation concerns for the 26 species of native amphibians found in Ontario.

  • eastern cottontail rabbit

    MAMMAL TRACKING AND ID* – Online

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

  • aerial view of Don Valley

    HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE LANDSCAPE** – Online

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

  • forest trail at Kortright Centre in winter

    WINTER TREE ID** – Online

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

HEALTH & WELLNESS

At Kortright Centre we recognize that spending time in nature is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. That’s why we offer a suite of programs to nourish your body and soul.

 

women do yoga outdoors at Kortright Centre

 

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BIRDING WORKSHOPS AT TOMMY THOMPSON PARK

Whether you are new to the world of birdwatching or just looking to brush up on your skills, birding workshops at Tommy Thompson Park — another of TRCA’s leading-edge education centres — will allow you to build your knowledge in Toronto’s most exciting birding hotspot.

birding workshop at Tommy Thompson Park

 

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Nothing available at this time. Check back again soon!

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 in March, and every day during March Break 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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