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Programs for Kids

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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

Registration for summer 2020 opens December 2, 2019

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

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 approximately 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 hot dogs over a campfire. Alternative meal provided for poor weather conditions or most dietary restrictions.
  • Every Thursday evening, a hearty and kid-friendly meal is provided followed by a campfire program including marshmallows, activities, skits and songs! All campers must be signed out at 6:00 p.m., but parents and campers are welcome to stay for the campfire until 7:00 p.m.

kids roast marshmallows at Kortright Centre summer day camp

WHAT TO PACK

WHAT TO PACK

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

Optional items to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Inexpensive camera

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

CAMP HOURS

  • Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Drop-off is between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at northwest corner of the Visitor Centre parking lot.
  • Before and After care is offered at $25/child per day starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. 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.

 

Camp Pricing


Ages 6 to 11

  • One week: $270
  • Two weeks: $490
  • Four-day camp (August 4-7): $216

Kinder Camp – Ages 4 to 5

  • One week: $280
  • Two weeks: $500
  • Four-day camp (August 4-7): $224

 

TWO WAYS TO SAVE!

Save $20 per registration if you:

  • register before May 1, 2020; or
  • register with a sibling or friend for the same week before June 20, 2020

Discount offers cannot be combined.

2020 Camps

  • leopard frog

    AMAZING ANIMALS: July 6-10, 2020

    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 13-17, 2020

    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!

  • Kortright outdoor skills summer campers practice on low ropes

    NEW! OUTDOOR SKILLS CAMP: July 20-24, 2020

    Learn the skills required to be a leader, in an outdoor setting.

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

    SURVIVAL CAMP: July 20-24, 2020

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

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

    THINGS THAT CREEP AND CRAWL: July 27-31, 2020

    Learn about different types of insects and other small creatures, their behaviours, senses and adaptations.

  • summer campers explore trail at Kortright Centre

    NEW! OUTDOOR SKILLS CAMP: July 27-31, 2020

    Learn the skills required to be a leader, in an outdoor setting.

  • youngsters hone their nature observation skills at Kortright spy camp

    SPY CAMP: August 4-7, 2020*

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

  • girl holds small frog at Kortright outdoor adventure camp

    OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP: August 10-14, 2020

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

  • girls at Kortright summer nature day camp

    ART IN NATURE: August 17-21, 2020

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

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

    LEADERS IN TRAINING (LIT): August 17-28, 2020*

    UPDATED FOR 2020. 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 CAMP: August 24-28, 2020

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

  • kids explore marsh at Kortright Centre

    SPY CAMP: August 31-September 4, 2020

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

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.)

 

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.

Pricing

• $130 for eight sessions (Spring, Fall)
• $65 for four sessions (Winter)

Program Dates

WINTER 2020

child frolics in snow at Kortright Centre

 

SUNDAY PROGRAM
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday February 2 to Sunday March 1 (except February 17)

SPRING 2020

young boy takes part in Little Saplings program at Kortright Centre for Conservation

 

SATURDAY PROGRAM
9:00 to 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday April 18 to Saturday June 13 (except May 16)

SUNDAY PROGRAM
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday April 19 to Sunday June 14 (except May 17)

MONDAY PROGRAM
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Monday April 20 to Monday June 15 (except May 18)


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.


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 2020 (Four Sessions)
DETAILS COMING SOON.

Pricing

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


Children must be accompanied by an adult to attend.


 

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