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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.

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

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  • blazing campfire

    ANCIENT TECHNOLOGIES II

    Think you have the skills to survive in nature? Want to put those skills to the test?

  • apiarist tends beehive at Kortright Centre

    INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING

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

  • dragonfly

    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.

  • red tailed hawk

    Registration Full – ONTARIO NATURALIST CERTIFICATION COURSE LEVEL I

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

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

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  • groundhog

    ANIMAL TRACKING (INTERMEDIATE)**

    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*

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

  • sensitive fern

    FERNS AND GRASSES**

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

  • mushrooms grow in forest

    FUNGI**

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

  • banded wood snail

    INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION**

    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**

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

  • garter snake

    REPTILES OF ONTARIO*

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

  • groundhog

    ANIMAL TRACKING (INTERMEDIATE)**

    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.

  • garter snake

    REPTILES OF ONTARIO*

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

  • hawk perches on tree branch

    BIRDS OF PREY*

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

  • sensitive fern

    FERNS AND GRASSES**

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

  • mushrooms grow in forest

    FUNGI**

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

  • moss grows on tree root

    MOSSES AND LIVERWORTS**

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

  • banded wood snail

    INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION**

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

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

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

  • peeper

    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.

  • eastern swallowtail butterfly

    BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO*

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

  • aerial view of Don Valley

    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.

  • eastern cottontail rabbit

    MAMMAL TRACKING AND ID*

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

  • Bruce Peninsula

    NATURAL HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO*

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

  • forest trail at Kortright Centre in winter

    WINTER TREE ID**

    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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  • moss

    PHOTOGRAPHY AS MEDITATION

    Explore photography as a form of meditation, and discover an alternative way to enjoy the health benefits of meditation through creative expression in photography.

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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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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