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Children’s programming at Kortright is designed by Ontario Certified Teachers (OCT) and led by experienced outdoor educators.

All of our programs involve an adventure into a woodland setting. Children interact with the natural environment through creative play, crafts, games, stories and more. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry-based and fun.

For more information about our children’s programming, please contact Customer Service at 416-667-6295 Ext 602.

Summer Nature Day Camps

NEW! Summer Overnight Camps

Little Saplings

The Nature School

Growing With Nature

GROWING WITH NATURE

Recommended for children ages 2.5 to 5.

Growing with Nature provides an inclusive environment for preschool-aged children to engage in outdoor education and developmental activities.

This program is led by an environmental education professional in partnership with an occupational therapist/physiotherapist and an early interventionist.

Children will be encouraged to participate in activities that promote social communication and cognitive skills, fine, visual and gross motor skills and much more.

pre-schoolers take part in Growing With Nature program at Kortright Centre

SPRING 2019 (Four Sessions)

• Thursdays (10:30 to 11:30 am): Thursday February 14 to Thursday March 7

Pricing

• $25 per session | $100 for all four sessions


Children must be accompanied by an adult to attend.


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SUMMER NATURE DAY CAMPS

2019 Registration Now Open!

The Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp is for children 4-14 years of age who like nature and spending time outdoors. Each week of camp has a new theme, so you can come for just a week or stay for the whole summer.

In addition, we offer a Kinder Camp program for youngsters 4 and 5. Kinder Camp has been designed with lower staff-to-camper ratios, rest breaks and age-appropriate activities to give our youngest campers the best experience possible.

CAMP INFORMATION

ABOUT KORTRIGHT SUMMER NATURE DAY CAMP

Our camp leaders are mature adults with many years of experience working with children. Home base is our spacious, air-conditioned Visitor Centre, which the campers will be in and out of throughout the day.

Campers are placed into groups of 10 with children of similar age.

Camp Highlights:

  • Discover wildlife up close and personal with a live animal show! Campers have the chance to meet and interact with fascinating live animals and their handlers.
  • Experience outdoor cookouts! Each Wednesday we will provide lunch and snacks for the campers. We will continue a great outdoor tradition by roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over a campfire in the valley surrounded by majestic hardwood forests. Pending appropriate weather conditions. Alternative meal provided for poor weather conditions or dietary restrictions.
  • Every Thursday evening, a hearty and kid-friendly meal is provided followed by a campfire program including fireside treats, activities, skits and songs! All campers must be signed out at 6:00 pm, but parents and campers are welcome to stay for the campfire at that time.

kids roast marshmallows at Kortright Centre summer day camp

CAMP PACKING LIST

WHAT TO BRING

We are an outdoors based camp and will spend a good portion of the day outdoors. Clothing must be practical and comfortable. Please bring clothing and footwear that can get dirty. Make sure all personal belongings fit into one bag. Please carefully check the list below on what to bring to camp.

Please clearly label all your child’s belongings with his or her name.


Every day ensure your child has:

  • Sunscreen SPF 30 or higher (please apply sunscreen on your child before coming to camp as well as packing it for them to use during the day)
  • An insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Reusable water bottle filled with water
  • Backpack
  • Closed-toed, flat-soled shoes (such as running shoes)
  • Lunch* (A lunch is not required on Wednesday cookout lunch days, but you may provide snacks that day)

* Due to allergies of some campers, please only pack nut-free lunch and snack items.


On the first day of camp, you are welcome to pack the following in a separate bag and have your child leave these items at camp for the week. If your child does not leave these items at camp, please ensure that they bring them every day instead:

  • Long pants and a sweater
  • An extra set of clothes: shirt, socks, shorts, underwear
  • Rain gear: rain jacket, rubber boots

Each week, children will go on a “river walk”. Your child’s counsellor will let you know which day it will be. On the river walk day your child should also bring:

  • An extra set of clothes: shirt, socks, shorts, underwear
  • Closed-toed, flat-soled shoes that can get wet (such as an old pair of running shoes or rubber boots). These are in addition to their normal shoes for the day.
  • On the day of the river walk, have your child wear shorts or pants that can be rolled up

Optional items to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Inexpensive camera

Additional Items for Leadership in Training Camp Only

Please pack the following in as small a bag as possible:

Toothbrush, toothpaste, face cloth and other toiletries (note: there are no showers)

  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pajamas
  • Long pants, warm sweater or jacket, warm hat
  • Extra change of clothes for next day (socks, underwear, shorts, shirt)

Optional:

  • Pillow and pillowcase (or just a pillowcase to stuff with extra clothes for use as a pillow)
  • Insect repellant (non-aerosol, no disposable wipes)

Please do not bring:

  • Mobile phones (your leaders will have phones in case of emergency)
  • iPod, video games or other electronic devices
  • Money
  • Any kind of aerosol sprays
  • Knives or hand axes

Download a Copy of the Packing List

CAMP HOURS & FEES

CAMP HOURS

  • Camp hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Drop-off is between 8:45 am and 9:00 am at the kiss and ride location at the Northwest corner of the Visitor Centre parking lot.
  • Before and After care is offered at $25/child per day starting at 8:00 am and ending at 5:30 pm. A weekly Before and After care option is available for $100.
  • All campers at camp more than five minutes after the camp end time will be transferred to the After Care program; applicable fees apply.

 


 

PRICING

Ages 6 to 11

  • One week: $270
  • Two weeks: $490
  • Four-day camp (July 2-5; August 6-9): $216

Kinder Camp – Ages 4 to 5

  • One week: $280
  • Two weeks: $500
  • Four-day camp (July 2-5; August 6-9): $224

 

TWO WAYS TO SAVE!
Save $20 per registration if you:

  • register before May 1, 2019; or
  • register with a sibling or friend for the same week before June 20, 2019

Discount offers cannot be combined.

2019 Nature Day Camps

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
• Early Bird Pricing in Effect Until May 1, 2019.

  • leopard frog

    AMAZING ANIMALS: July 2-5*

    Learn about the many different types of insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that call Kortright home!

  • girl holds handful of mud at Kortright summer day camp

    MUD MADNESS: July 8-12

    Let’s get dirty! Join us for a wet and wild week to jump in mud puddles, explore a pond, search the river for natural clay, and more!

  • kids play outdoor games at Kortright Centre leadership adventure camp

    LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE CAMP: July 8-12

    Get ready for an action-packed week full of fast-paced games, giant sling shots, super-sized soccer, sticky ball tag and much more!

  • children use forest camouflage to hide at Kortright Centre survival camp

    SURVIVAL CAMP: July 15-19

    Learn basic survival skills in this fun-filled outdoor-focused program.

  • bug crawls on boy's hand at Kortright summer nature camp

    INCREDIBLE INSECTS: July 22-26

    Creepy crawlies, bugs that wiggle, bugs that swim and bugs that jiggle! Learn about different types of insects, their behaviours, senses and adaptations.

  • girl holds small frog at Kortright outdoor adventure camp

    OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP: July 29-August 2 

    Enrich your child’s love for adventure through fun, hands-on and exciting activities.

  • youngsters hone their nature observation skills at Kortright spy camp

    SPY CAMP: August 6-9*

    In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and learn techniques to dramatically increase their observation skills.

  • girls at Kortright summer nature day camp

    ART IN NATURE: August 12-16

    Mask making, painting, music and traditional summer camp activities are all part of this creative week.

  • handmade Kortright leadership medallion

    LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE CAMP: August 12-16

    Get ready for an action-packed week full of fast-paced games, giant sling shots, super-sized soccer, sticky ball tag and much more!

  • youngster on low ropes course at Kortright Centre summer nature day camp

    LEADERS IN TRAINING (LIT): August 12-23*

    Through progressive leadership activities, exercises and group tasks, campers are given opportunities to excel in a leadership capacity.

  • girl learns to build fire at Kortright summer survival skills day camp

    SURVIVAL SKILLS: August 19-23

    Learn basic survival skills in this fun-filled, outdoor-focused program.

  • kids explore marsh at Kortright Centre

    SPY CAMP: August 26-30

    Learn how to spy on nature! In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and learn techniques to dramatically increase their observation skills.

NEW! SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Explore the GTA’s wild backyard in a fun-filled overnight camp close to home!

children splash in stream at Albion Hills summer overnight nature camp

This summer, the Kortright Centre for Conservation will be offering one-week overnight camps at two of its sister facilities: Albion Hills Field Centre in Caledon and Claremont Nature Centre in Pickering.

Buses from Kortright to Overnight Camps are available.
(Bus pick-up Monday morning, drop-off at Kortright Friday afternoon.)

 

2019 Overnight Camps

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

  • youngsters at Claremont Nature Centre overnight summer camp

    ADVENTURE AWAY OVERNIGHT CAMP at CLAREMONT: July 7-13

    Give your child the opportunity to make the 160 hectares of Claremont Nature Centre their home for a week!

  • group of youngsters on forest trail at Albion Hills Field Centre

    NATURAL LEADERS OVERNIGHT CAMP at ALBION HILLS: July 28-August 3

    Give your child a great summer soaking up the sunny days on the forest and trails of Albion Hills Field Centre.

  • girl empties water from rubber boot after wading in stream at Albion Hills Field Centre

    OUTDOOR ADVENTURES OVERNIGHT CAMP at ALBION HILLS: August 11-17

    Mountain biking, outdoor camp-outs, swimming in the pool, catching crayfish in the creek and just being a kid are all part of this laid-back, child-centred camp.

LITTLE SAPLINGS PARENT & TOT PROGRAM

Recommended for children ages 1 to 5.

In this weekly program, youngsters will explore a new nature theme each week. The format allows for consistent structure with flexible content. Parent or caregiver participation is required.

teacher reads story to preschoolers at Kortright Centre

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Outdoor activities such as collecting, hiding, piling, catching and exploring nature.
  • Indoor activities including fun crafts, hands-on experiments and sensory games.
  • Circle time with structured sharing, singing and engaging stories.
  • Free-time indoor activities with exploratory natural touch items, puzzles, games and toys.
  • Your fee includes park admission, so you can stay after your session and enjoy the trails at your leisure.

Program Dates

 

SPRING 2019

children take part in Little Saplings spring program at Kortright Centre

Registration for the Little Saplings spring program is now full.
If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call 416-667-6295 ext 602.

• Saturday Program (9:00 am to 10:30 am OR 11:00 am to 12:30 pm):
Saturday April 13 to Saturday June 8 (except May 18)

• Sunday Program (10:00 am to 11:30 am):
Sunday April 14 to Sunday June 9 (except May 19)

• Monday Program (10:00 am to 11:30 am):
Monday April 15 to Monday June 10 (except May 20)

Pricing

• $130 per program


Advance registration required. Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration and are recommended for children ages 1-5 years accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program. Minimum registration required for program to run.


 

FALL 2019

children take part in Little Saplings fall program at Kortright Centre

• Saturday Program (9:00 am to 10:30 am OR 11:00 am to 12:30 pm):
Saturday September 14 to Saturday November 9 (except October 12)

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• Sunday Program (10:00 am to 11:30 am):
Sunday September 15 to Sunday November 10 (except October 13)

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• Monday Program (10:00 am to 11:30 am):
Monday September 16 to Monday November 11 (except October 14)

BOOK MONDAYS

 

Pricing

• $130 per program


Advance registration required. Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration and are recommended for children ages 1-5 years accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program. Minimum registration required for program to run.


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