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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 Jasmine at 905-832-2289 x 239.

Summer Nature Day Camps

Little Saplings

The Nature School

SUMMER NATURE DAY CAMP

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 3-6; August 7-10): $216

Kinder Camp – Ages 4 to 5

  • One week: $280
  • Two weeks: $500
  • Four-day camp (July 3-6; August 7-10): $224

 

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

  • register before May 1, 2018; or
  • register with a sibling or friend for the same week before June 20, 2018

Discount offers cannot be combined.

2018 Nature Day Camps

AMAZING ANIMALS - July 3 to 6

AMAZING ANIMALS

July 3-6*  |  Ages 4-11

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

leopard frog

In this animal-focused program, all of the activities, crafts and games will be related to learning more about animal behaviour, adaptations and senses, through fun, hands-on activities.

* Four-day camp


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $224

Ages 6-11: $216

 

MUD MADNESS - July 9 to 13

MUD MADNESS

July 9-13  |  Ages 4-11

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 make a craft with it, visit the mud spa, play water games and more. Campers are encouraged to bring a change of clothes each day as we plan on getting muddy!

boy wades in stream at Kortright Centre

 


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $250-$280

Ages 6-11: $245-$270

 

LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE CAMP - July 9 to 13

LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE CAMP

July 9-13  |  Ages 9-11

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

kids play outdoor games at Kortright Centre leadership adventure camp

Kortright has teamed up with Everblast for a fun-filled week that develops teamwork and sportsmanship skills. Be active, feel great and experience a new adventure every day!


PRICING

$245-$270

 

SURVIVAL CAMP - July 16 to 20

SURVIVAL CAMP

July 16-20  |  Ages 4-11

Learn basic survival skills in this fun filled outdoor focused program. Start a fire, build a shelter, learn what to eat (and what not to eat!) in the wild. Learn about navigation basics and animal adaptations and play the popular “predator-prey” game.

children use forest camouflage to hide at Kortright Centre survival camp


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $250-$280

Ages 6-11: $245-$270

 

INCREDIBLE INSECTS - July 23 to 27

INCREDIBLE INSECTS

July 23-27  |  Ages 4-11

Creepy crawlies, bugs that wiggle, bugs that swim and bugs that jiggle! Welcome to Incredible Insects! Learn about different types of insects, their behaviours, senses and adaptations. Crafts, activities and field studies will be packed with insect fun!

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


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $250-$280

Ages 6-11: $245-$270

 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP - July 30 to August 3

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP

July 30-August 3  |  Ages 4-11

Time travel to the past and participate in an archaeology dig to find hidden ancient artifacts. Explore the creeks of Kortright in search of aquatic life forms, go on a treasure hunt to discover hidden riches and learn about early Aboriginal life through edible plants, tools, and games. Enrich your child’s love for adventure through fun, hands-on and exciting activities.

girl holds small frog at Kortright outdoor adventure camp


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $250-$280

Ages 6-11: $245-$270

 

SPY CAMP - August 7 to 10

SPY CAMP

August 7-10*  |  Ages 4-11

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. Join us and learn about archaeology, tracking animals, using binoculars, camouflage, moving silently and spying into the private lives of animals.

* Four-day camp

youngsters hone their nature observation skills at Kortright spy camp


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $224

Ages 6-11: $216

 

ART IN NATURE - August 13 to 17

ART IN NATURE

August 13-17  |  Ages 4-11

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

We have partnered with McMichael Canadian Art Collection to deliver a quality art experience. No experience necessary to participate.


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $250-$280

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Ages 6-11: $245-$270

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LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE CAMP - August 13 to 17

LEADERSHIP ADVENTURE CAMP

August 13-17  |  Ages 9-11

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

handmade Kortright leadership medallion

Kortright has teamed up with Everblast for a fun-filled week that develops teamwork and sportsmanship skills. Be active, feel great and experience a new adventure every day!


PRICING

$245-$270

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LEADERS IN TRAINING - August 13 to 24

LEADERS IN TRAINING (LIT)

August 13-24 (excluding weekend)  |  Ages 12-14

Through progressive leadership activities, exercises and group tasks, campers are given opportunities to excel in a leadership capacity. Campers will be matched with younger groups and their counselor for part of the session to learn through direct experience how to be a camp leader.

Campers also have the opportunity to use our low ropes course, learn leadership strategies, meet new friends and participate on an overnight camping experience at one of our conservation areas!

Please note: 12 registrants maximum. Overnight happens on the second Thursday of this two-week program.


PRICING

$490/2 weeks

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SURVIVAL CAMP - August 20 to 24

SURVIVAL CAMP

August 20-24  |  Ages 4-11

Learn basic survival skills in this fun filled outdoor focused program. Start a fire, build a shelter, learn what to eat (and what not to eat!) in the wild. Learn about navigation basics and animal adaptations and play the popular “predator-prey” game.


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $250-$280

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Ages 6-11: $245-$270

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SPY CAMP - August 27 to 31

SPY CAMP

August 27-31  |  Ages 4-11

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. Join us and learn about archaeology, tracking animals, using binoculars, camouflage, moving silently and spying into the private lives of animals.

kids explore marsh at Kortright Centre


PRICING

Ages 4-5: $250-$280

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Ages 6-11: $245-$270

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LITTLE SAPLINGS PARENT & TOT PROGRAM

Recommended for children ages 1-5.

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

 

FALL 2018

• Saturdays (9:00 am to 10:30 am or 11:00 am to 12:30 pm): Saturday September 22 to Saturday November 17 (except October 6)

• Sundays (10:00 am to 11:30 am): Sunday September 23 to Sunday November 18 (except October 7)

NOTE: The Sunday program for Fall 2018 is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list, please contact Customer Service at 416.667.6295 x 602.

• Mondays (10:00 am to 11:30 am): Monday September 24 to Monday November 19 (except October 8)

NOTE: The Monday program for Fall 2018 is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list, please contact Customer Service at 416.667.6295 x 602.

 

Pricing

• $130 for 8 weeks (Spring and Fall sessions)

• $65 for 4 weeks (Winter session)


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. Two Sessions to choose from. Minimum registration required for program to run.


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