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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.

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

SELECT COURSES

  • burning logs in campfire

    ANCIENT TECHNOLOGIES I

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

  • blazing campfire

    ANCIENT TECHNOLOGIES II

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

  • organically grown tomatoes at the Living City Farm

    CANCELLED: ORGANIC GARDENING

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

  • apiarist tends beehive at Kortright Centre

    INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING

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

  • red tailed hawk

    ONTARIO NATURALIST CERTIFICATION COURSE LEVEL I

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

  • 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.

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

(You can view all, or filter according to your area of interest.)

  • white tailed deer

    ANIMAL TRACKING (BEGINNER)

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

  • 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.

  • night hike

    BAT ID AND SURVEY METHODS*

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

  • bird watcher with binoculars

    BIRDING TOUR OF KORTRIGHT

    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*

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

  • sparrow

    BIRDS: SPARROWS**

    This workshop will cover the 19 species of sparrow found in Ontario.

  • warbler

    BIRDS: WARBLERS**

    This workshop will focus on warbler natural history and identification tips and tricks.

  • little wood satyr butterfly

    BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO*

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

  • bee pollinates a wildflower

    BUZZ ON BEES*

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

  • dragonfly

    DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES*

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

  • 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.

  • sunflower

    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!

  • great crested flycatcher

    INTRODUCTION TO BIRDS*

    This workshop is a fun and educational introduction to birding, covering topics such as bird identification, bird anatomy, and where/when to look for birds in Ontario.

  • macrophotography

    INTRODUCTION TO MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY

    Learn the basics of nature photography under the tutelage of a professional photographer.

  • banded wood snail

    INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION**

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

  • school children visit Kortright Centre maple syrup festival

    MAPLE SYRUP: FROM TAP TO TABLE

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

  • People at a guided hike

    METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION*

    This full-day session will cover the current methods and practices in environmental education.

  • night sky full of stars

    MIDNIGHT ASTRONOMY

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

  • 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!

  • wildflowers in bloom

    SPRING WILDFLOWERS*

    Hands-on learning with an expert will teach you to identify many Ontario spring wildflowers.

  • trail at Kortright Centre

    TREE IDENTIFICATION*

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

  • wildflowers at Kortright Centre

    WILDFLOWERS: BEYOND THE FIELD GUIDE**

    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.

  • white tailed deer

    ANIMAL TRACKING (BEGINNER)

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

  • 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.

  • night hike

    BAT ID AND SURVEY METHODS*

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

  • garter snake

    REPTILES OF ONTARIO*

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

  • bird watcher with binoculars

    BIRDING TOUR OF KORTRIGHT

    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*

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

  • sparrow

    BIRDS: SPARROWS**

    This workshop will cover the 19 species of sparrow found in Ontario.

  • warbler

    BIRDS: WARBLERS**

    This workshop will focus on warbler natural history and identification tips and tricks.

  • sunflower

    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!

  • great crested flycatcher

    INTRODUCTION TO BIRDS*

    This workshop is a fun and educational introduction to birding, covering topics such as bird identification, bird anatomy, and where/when to look for birds in Ontario.

  • 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.

  • sunflower

    GARDENING FOR THE BIRDS

    Creating a refuge in your own backyard will improve the lives of birds and other wildlife — and it’s a…

  • moss grows on tree root

    MOSSES AND LIVERWORTS**

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

  • wildflowers in bloom

    SPRING WILDFLOWERS*

    Hands-on learning with an expert will teach you to identify many Ontario spring wildflowers.

  • trail at Kortright Centre

    TREE IDENTIFICATION*

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

  • wildflowers at Kortright Centre

    WILDFLOWERS: BEYOND THE FIELD GUIDE**

    Develop your wildflower identification skills as we focus on the vast array of wildflowers in bloom at this time of…

  • little wood satyr butterfly

    BUTTERFLIES OF ONTARIO*

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

  • bee pollinates a wildflower

    BUZZ ON BEES*

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

  • dragonfly

    DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES*

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

  • banded wood snail

    INVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION**

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

  • macrophotography

    INTRODUCTION TO MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY

    Learn the basics of nature photography under the tutelage of a professional photographer.

  • school children visit Kortright Centre maple syrup festival

    MAPLE SYRUP: FROM TAP TO TABLE

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

  • People at a guided hike

    METHODS IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION*

    This full-day session will cover the current methods and practices in environmental education.

  • night sky full of stars

    MIDNIGHT ASTRONOMY

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

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. In 2018, we are offering a new suite of programs to nourish your body and soul.

 

women do yoga outdoors at Kortright Centre

 

SELECT PROGRAMS

  • women enjoy forest therapy walk at Kortright Centre

    FOREST THERAPY WALK

    Each 2.5 hour forest therapy walk, led by Ameeta Dudani, is a gentle experience in nature.

  • woman meditating in nature

    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.

  • hiker in forest

    SILENT RETREAT

    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.

  • woman walking in forest at Kortright Centre

    YOGA + FOREST THERAPY MINI RETREAT

    Enjoy the combined benefits of forest therapy and yoga. Each three-hour session, led by Ameeta Dudani, starts with an indoor yoga session and ends with a gentle experience in nature.

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

 

SELECT WORKSHOPS

  • birders at Tommy Thompson Park

    BIRDING BY EAR: LEARNING TO HEAR THE AVIAN LANDSCAPE

    Birdwatching might as well be called “bird-listening”, so important are audio cues. In this workshop at Tommy Thompson Park, you’ll learn all about this crucial aspect of observing bird life.

  • birdwatchers at Tommy Thompson Park

    BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS: A NEW WORLD ON YOUR DOORSTEP

    This workshop at Tommy Thompson Park will cover basic bird identification, biology and migration, as well as choosing and using binoculars and field guides.

  • northern pintail

    WATERFOWL: TORONTO’S WINTER SPECTACLE

    Toronto’s lakeshore is the winter home to an amazing abundance and diversity of ducks. This workshop at Tommy Thompson Park will show how to identify these hardy species.

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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