Youth and Community Groups

Activities at Kortright

Plan an outdoor adventure as part of your camp, daycare, scout, guide or youth group program. The Kortright Centre offers a selection of nature discovery programs, led by environmental educators who make learning fun.

  • Most programs are suitable for children six to 14 years of age.
  • For pre-school children, the Bug Hunt, and Nature Exploration programs are recommended.
  • Programs are one and a half to two hours in length, except as noted, and may be booked for the morning (10 a.m. to 12 noon) or the afternoon (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.).
  • Full-day programs, including a half hour lunch break, are also available.

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For more details about programs at Kortright Centre, planning tips, and registration information visit the Groups and Education main page or call (416) 667-6295, then select 3

Online bookings must be made 14 days in advance.

Kortright Youth and Community Groups Program Booking

Bug Hunt

April - November / age 4 +
Ambush bugs, Tiger beetles, Dragonflies and Painted Lady Butterflies are just some of the fascinating insects and invertebrates you may see and learn about during this hands-on program. Participants will be given the opportunity to catch, observe and release a variety of insects in different habitats.

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Busy as a Bee

May 15 - September / age 6 +
Observe Kortright's active bee hives from the safety of a screened in building. Learn about "smokers"; "supers" and other beekeeping equipment. Make a candle out of pure bees wax and complete your program with a taste of pure honey made from Kortright's bees.

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Let's Go Green

all year / age 10 +
Learn hands-on skills to conserve water and energy, to reduce waste and water pollution at home, in school, and in your community. Participate in a conservation scavenger hunt.

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Moccasin Walk

all year / age 7 +
Journey back 400 years and learn how the Wendat people used natural resources to survive. Grand corn, use traditional methods to start a fire and play Aboriginal games. The full day program includes a craft and Aboriginal legend presentation in Kortright's theatre.

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Animal Games

all year / age 6 +
Imagine you are a squirrel, a deer, or a rabbit. How would you survive in the forest? Play active games that show how animals manage to hide, find food, use camouflage, and communicate with each other.

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Wetland Discovery

May - October / age 6 +
Whether it is a river, marsh, pond or swamp, Kortright's wetlands are fascinating habitats. With a dip net in hand, look for frogs, fish, turtles, invertebrates and more. Play games and learn what you can do to save our wetlands.

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Nature Exploration

all year / age 4 +
This seasonally adjusted program focuses on the plants and animals of Kortright. The many hands-on activities include nature games and activities, touching furs and feathers and hiking through Kortright's many amazing habitats.

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Finding your Way Mapping and Orienteering

all year / age 8 +
Learn map reading and orienteering skills and work in teams to navigate your way to orienteering markers at different locations on the property.

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Finding your Way GPS/Geocaching

all year / age 13 +
Learn about GPS technology and how it is used. Using our GPS units participants will progress through a few outdoor practise exercises. The participants will learn about the different kinds of geocaches and will search for caches on the property using GPS units to guide them.

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