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.
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.
Survival Skills Basic Course
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16 and October 22 & 23
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price: $260 + HST
Expert instructor Peter Wiinholt will share the many survival skills he has learned from more than 50 years of wilderness experience.
This course will cover the four principal priorities of survival, shelter, water, fire, and food.
You will gain hands-on experience with shelter building, bow drill fires, purifying water, hunting and traps, edible plants, finding direction, lost-proofing, and many other related skills.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Creating Painterly Photographs: Fall Foliage
Introductory Zoom Meeting: Friday September 23, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
In-person Session: Saturday October 1, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Follow-up Zoom Meeting: Friday October 7, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Price: $72 +HST
In this workshop led by photographer and artist Nancy Falconi, you will spend your time exploring and photographing the fall foliage.
Surrounded by the stunning fall colours, you will learn creative ways to capture the feeling of what you are seeing.
Open to all skill levels and equipment. Must be familiar with your camera equipment. Light hike involved. Rain or shine.
Date: Saturday October 1, 2022
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Price: $35 +HST
Spring and early summer are probably best known as the peak season for wildflowers. However, many don’t realize how much the fall has to offer as well!
Join ecologist Myles Katz for a whirlwind wildflower tour to explore Kortright’s forests, wetlands, and grasslands and their late-season bloomers.
This workshop will focus on plant identification techniques and ecosystem dynamics, with an emphasis on native fall wildflower groups such as Asters and Goldenrods.
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.
Sheltering Kids Outside
Date: Sunday October 16, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Price: $30 + HST
Maximum Participants: 20
Shelter is a basic need for all living creatures, including children. There are many fun and innovative ways to provide shelter for children while exploring outdoors.
In this hands-on workshop, discover ways of hanging tarps, building stick shelters and using natural features to give your children shelter from the sun, wind, rain and cold or heat.
We will share ways to involve your children in creating shelters, safety considerations and tips and tricks.
This program is outdoors so please wear appropriate footwear and dress appropriately for the season and weather.
Hiking in the Forest
Date: Sunday 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.
You will also learn practical skills, tips and tricks and safety considerations to use on your next nature hike with children.
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.
NATURALLY MINDFUL: Introduction to Mindfulness in Nature
Dates: Fridays, September 30, October 7 and 14, November 4, 11, and 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Price: $385 +HST
Includes Silent Retreat: November 13, 2022 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Learning to cultivate the skill of mindfulness in nature enhances our ability to connect with nature, while supporting stress reduction and inner healing and resilience.
Based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) program, this unique six-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.
The course includes a five-hour silent retreat where you will experience mindfulness in nature practices allowing you to rest your mind, connect with yourself, your body, and deepen your relationship with nature.
Who is this course suitable for?
This course is suitable for anyone who would like to experience mindfulness practices and bring positive change and transformation into their lives. No prior knowledge or experience in mindfulness or meditation is required.
About the Facilitator
Ameeta Dudani, PhD, C. Psych. RYT (drdudani.com) is a Clinical Psychologist and a mindfulness and yoga teacher (RYT-200). She believes tremendously in the healing and therapeutic potential of mindfulness meditation as she has experienced this personally, and witnessed the growth and transformation in her clients and participants in her groups.
Forest Therapy Walks
Dates: Sundays, July 17, August 14, October 16, November 13, and December 11, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Price: $45 +HST
A forest therapy walk is so much more than a walk in the forest – it’s an intentional journey that engages the all of the sense and allows for a deep connection with yourself and nature.
The aim is to get out of your head and get to know yourself better. You will learn to more easily switch from the busy doing (reactive) mode to being (responsive) mode.
You will be led on your journey by an experienced guide. However, in forest therapy the guide simply opens the door – the forest itself is the therapist.
Please dress for the weather (comfortable outdoor clothing, good footwear, rain gear, and extra layers, as we will be moving very, very slowly) and bring a water bottle.
Register early: each walk is limited to 12 participants.
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
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.
PUBLIC TOUR DATES:
• There are no public tours scheduled at this time.