Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp

9550 Pine Valley Drive Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 1A6 (view map)

Ages:
4 to 16 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
Specialty:
Education (multi)
Cost:
$216 to $280

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Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp
 

Explore hardwood forests, open meadows and wetlands teeming with wildlife. Experience outdoor cookouts, lasting friendships and campfire fun. Meet live animals, play fun games, learn new skills. Select from a wide variety of themed weeks including: Survival Camp - Spy Camp - Art in Nature Camp - Leadership Adventure Camp - Mud Madness Camp - and more!


The Our Kids review of Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp

 

The Kortright Centre is named after author and conservationist Francis H. Kortright, an early proponent of environmental awareness, stewardship, and sustainability. Those are some very big, important ideas, and since it opened in 1982, the centre has dedicated itself to addressing them. Administration has also dedicated itself to bringing those concepts to a wider audience, and doing it in creative, age-appropriate ways. The summer programs are perhaps the prime example of that—they are based in all the big ideas, but kids see them more as fun than learning, which is exactly as it should be. Mud Madness sessions, for example, don’t announce themselves unduly as educative, and the same is true of the spy camp session. Nevertheless, in those as in all the others, kids come away having had a lasting, memorable, and fun engagement with the natural world, having also built an appreciation of nature and our place within it. It’s impressive, to be sure, and there is nothing quite like the Kortright Centre. Of less importance to kids is the infrastructure and the architecture, which is delightful in a way all its own. Staff are truly experts, engaged in their own ongoing work at the centre, including offering exceptional instruction and mentorship.


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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 4 - 11
Nature/Environment $270 to $280
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Jul 06-10 $270 - $280
Zoology/Animals|Nature/Environment|Hiking
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 4 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $270 to $280
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Jul 13-17 $270 - $280
Zoology/Animals|Nature/Environment
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 12 - 14
Wilderness Skills $270 to $270
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Nature/Environment|Zoology/Animals|Hiking
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 11
Wilderness Skills $270 to $280
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Jul 20-24 $270 - $280
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Aug 24-28 $270 - $280
Zoology/Animals|Nature/Environment|Hiking|Wilderness Skills
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 4 - 11
Zoology/Animals $270 to $280
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Jul 27-31 $270 - $280
Zoology/Animals|Nature/Environment|Hiking
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 4 - 11
Nature/Environment $216 to $280
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Aug 04-07 $216 - $224
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Aug 31-Sep 04$270 - $280
Zoology/Animals|Nature/Environment|Hiking
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 4 - 11
Nature/Environment $270 to $280
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Aug 10-14 $270 - $280
Zoology/Animals|Nature/Environment|Hiking
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 4 - 11
Art (multi) $270 to $280
Vaughan,ON
9550 Pine Valley Drive
Aug 17-21 $270 - $280
Zoology/Animals|Nature/Environment|Hiking|Arts & Crafts|Painting|Jam Camp|Drawing
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 14 - 16
CIT/LIT Program $490 to $490
Zoology/Animals|Nature/Environment|Hiking|Rope courses

Camp Address
9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario

Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp
Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp
9550 Pine Valley Drive Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 1A6
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Upcoming Events

upcoming events
  • January 31, 2020The Nature School - PA Day Camps
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, January 31 from 09:00 am - 04:00 pm

    Come to the Kortright Centre for Conservation on your PA Day and explore the world of Forest School. Students will enjoy the benefits of a day spent outdoors where nature becomes the classroom.

    Ages 4-10

    Advanced registration required: 416-667-6295

    www.thenatureschool.ca


  • February 02, 2020Little Saplings Program
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, February 02 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    Studies show the many benefits to children spending time outdoors. Take your tot to Kortright to meet other parents and children. Participate in story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities. 

    Sunday February 2 - March 1 (except February 17)

    Advance registration required: 416-667-6295 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.


  • February 08, 2020Owl Prowl
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, February 08 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come and enjoy an evening theatre presentation with live owls, followed by a walk on our trails to call for them. 

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295.


  • February 17, 2020Family Day Open House
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Monday, February 17 from 12:00 pm - 03:00 pm

    Enjoy an engaging, nature-filled, family day that embraces outdoor learning. Join our staff to explore some of what our Nature School has to offer - imaginative play, building forts, campfire, and much more!

    Free Admission


  • February 21, 2020Owl Prowl
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, February 21 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come and enjoy an evening theatre presentation with live owls, followed by a walk on our trails to call for them. 

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295.


  • March 14, 2020Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, March 14 from 09:30 am - 05:30 pm

    It's a sure sign of spring! Come out and 'tap into nature'. Wagon rides, demonstrations, live entertainment and of course, pancakes and maple syrup!

    Special activities offered during March Break and weekends only.

    For daily times and pricing please visit www.maplesyrupfest.com.

    Festival runs from Saturday March 14 - Sunday April 12, 2020.


  • March 14, 2020Maple Syrup by Lamplight
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, March 14 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Tap into Spring with a magnificent evening that begins with a guided twilight tour of Kortright's Maple Sugar Bush. Taste real maple syrup,and enjoy a fireside treat as you explore different methods of maple syrup production on this twilight tour.

    Please dress for the weather.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295.


  • March 21, 2020Maple Syrup by Lamplight
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, March 21 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Tap into Spring with a magnificent evening that begins with a guided twilight tour of Kortright's Maple Sugar Bush. Taste real maple syrup,and enjoy a fireside treat as you explore different methods of maple syrup production on this twilight tour.

    Please dress for the weather.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295.


  • March 27, 2020Maple Syrup by Lamplight
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, March 27 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Tap into Spring with a magnificent evening that begins with a guided twilight tour of Kortright's Maple Sugar Bush. Taste real maple syrup,and enjoy a fireside treat as you explore different methods of maple syrup production on this twilight tour.

    Please dress for the weather.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295.


  • March 28, 2020Maple Syrup by Lamplight
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, March 28 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Tap into Spring with a magnificent evening that begins with a guided twilight tour of Kortright's Maple Sugar Bush. Taste real maple syrup,and enjoy a fireside treat as you explore different methods of maple syrup production on this twilight tour.

    Please dress for the weather.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295.


  • April 18, 2020The Nature School (Saturdays)
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, April 18 from 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Each day begins with an adventure into a woodland setting. Children interact with the natural environment through the use of loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, cooking over an open fire, knots, making woodland crafts and sharing stories. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried.

    Saturdays April 18-June 13, 2020 (except May 16)

    Ages 2.5 - 5

    Advanced registration required: 416-667-6295

    Sessions are 3 hours in length.

    www.thenatureschool.ca


  • April 18, 2020Little Saplings Program
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    Studies show the many benefits to children spending time outdoors. Take your tot to Kortright to meet other parents and children. Participate in story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities. 

    Options:

    • Saturday April 18 to Saturday June 13 (except May 16) 9:00 - 10:30 or 11:00 - 12:30
    • Sunday April 19 to Sunday June 14 (except May 17) 10:00 - 11:30
    • Monday April 20 - Monday June 15 (except May 18) 10:00 - 11:30

    Advance registration required: 416-667-6295 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.


  • June 01, 2020The Nature School - PA Day Camps
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Monday, June 01 from 09:00 am - 04:00 pm

    Come to the Kortright Centre for Conservation on your PA Day and explore the world of Forest School. Students will enjoy the benefits of a day spent outdoors where nature becomes the classroom.

    Ages 4-10

    Advanced registration required: 416-667-6295

    www.thenatureschool.ca


  • June 26, 2020The Nature School - PA Day Camps
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, June 26 from 09:00 am - 04:00 pm

    Come to the Kortright Centre for Conservation on your PA Day and explore the world of Forest School. Students will enjoy the benefits of a day spent outdoors where nature becomes the classroom.

    Ages 4-10

    Advanced registration required: 416-667-6295

    www.thenatureschool.ca


  • September 12, 2020The Nature School (Saturdays)
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, September 12 from 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Each day begins with an adventure into a woodland setting. Children interact with the natural environment through the use of loose parts, creative play, shelter building, whittling wood, cooking over an open fire, knots, making woodland crafts and sharing stories. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried.

    Saturdays September 12 - November 7, 2020 (except October 10)

    Ages 2.5 - 5

    Advanced registration required: 416-667-6295

    Sessions are 3 hours in length.

    www.thenatureschool.ca


  • September 26, 2020Culture Days
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 am - 04:00 pm

    Come out and visit Kortright as part of the Culture Days 2020 Event. Admission is FREE.

    Join Kortright staff by our picnic shelter to see what we have to offer all year round. Enjoy a campfire (bring your own items to roast), dissect an owl pellet, discover interesting creatures, talk to a naturalist and find other family friendly crafts and activities.


  • September 27, 2020Culture Days
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, September 27 from 10:00 am - 04:00 pm

    Come out and visit Kortright as part of the Culture Days 2020 Event. Admission is FREE.

    Join Kortright staff by our picnic shelter to see what we have to offer all year round. Enjoy a campfire (bring your own items to roast), dissect an owl pellet, discover interesting creatures, talk to a naturalist and find other family friendly crafts and activities.


  • October 03, 2020Fall Colours Celebration
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, October 03 from 10:00 am - 03:30 pm

    Family-friendly activities each day from 10 am - 2:30 pm at the picnic shelter. Join the Kortright education team at the campfire to roast some food and learn about nature in the fall (bring your own items to roast, we'll provide the grill and roasting sticks)

    Weekends in October and Thanksgiving Monday


  • October 17, 2020Kreepy Kortright
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, October 17 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Get in the Halloween spirit with spooky and scary activities at Kortright. Discover a haunted house, Halloween activities, bonfire, scary stories, and live owls. 

    Fun for children 10 and under.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Advance Tickets Required: 416-667-6295

     


  • October 23, 2020Kreepy Kortright
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, October 23 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Get in the Halloween spirit with spooky and scary activities at Kortright. Discover a haunted house, Halloween activities, bonfire, scary stories, and live owls. 

    Fun for children 10 and under.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Advance Tickets Required: 416-667-6295

     


  • October 24, 2020Kreepy Kortright
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, October 24 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Get in the Halloween spirit with spooky and scary activities at Kortright. Discover a haunted house, Halloween activities, bonfire, scary stories, and live owls. 

    Fun for children 10 and under.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Advance Tickets Required: 416-667-6295

     


  • October 30, 2020Kreepy Kortright
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, October 30 from 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Get in the Halloween spirit with spooky and scary activities at Kortright. Discover a haunted house, Halloween activities, bonfire, scary stories, and live owls. 

    Fun for children 10 and under.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Advance Tickets Required: 416-667-6295

     


  • November 05, 2020Owl Prowl
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, November 05 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come and enjoy an evening theatre presentation with live owls, followed by a walk on our trails to call for them. 

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295.


  • November 13, 2020A night with the stars!
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, November 13 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Enjoy and learn about the night sky through an engaging presentation delivered by an astronomer. Learn about history, mythology and how to identify star constellations overhead. This is a family friendly event.

    Advance tickets required 416-667-6295 


  • November 19, 2020Owl Prowl
    Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, November 19 from 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come and enjoy an evening theatre presentation with live owls, followed by a walk on our trails to call for them. 

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295.


  • November 27, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, November 27 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • November 28, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, November 28 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • November 29, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, November 29 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 03, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, December 03 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 04, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, December 04 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 05, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, December 05 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 06, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, December 06 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 10, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, December 10 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 11, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, December 11 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 12, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, December 12 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 13, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, December 13 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 16, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, December 16 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 17, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, December 17 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 18, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Friday, December 18 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 19, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, December 19 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 20, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, December 20 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295


  • December 23, 2020Magical Christmas Forest
    Kortright Summer Nature Day Camp, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, December 23 from 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Come to Kortright and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride meet Santa in his cabin.

    Advance tickets required: 416-667-6295



Director's Message

director

Adrian O'Driscoll, Supervisor, Education

I've been involved in children's outdoor education for over 20 years. Most recently I've been overseeing the education programs at the Kortright Centre including our nature day camp. Over the years it's been an amazing experience to watch children grow and develop as they interact with the natural world. As a parent, I know that my children do not have the same opportunity to freely explore the natural world that I did as a child. At Nature Day Camp we bring kids back to nature!

Spending time in nature is invaluable for childhood development. At Kortright we let children go wild! They connect with their wilder side in a fun and safe environment.  We have ponds, rivers, wetlands, meadows and forests just waiting to be explored. Campers have the opportunity to look for for bugs under rotting logs, catch frogs in the pond, see families of deer wander by and watch as caterpillars turn into butterflies.

Live animal shows, interactive games, crafts and hikes are just a few of the activites that our campers enjoy. Depending on the week campers may dig for ancient artifacts, build a shelter, explore our low ropes course, make their own instruments, or silently track animals through the forest. On our hottest days, campers make a splash with water games and activites. Each week our campers have the chance to cook over an open fire and camp out under the stars. All of these activties are supervised by our team of experienced outdoor educators.

See you at camp!


Stories

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A Letter from a Counsellorexpand

There's something very special about Kortright Kids. They all seem to share a love for adventure, and it was because of this love that I put my campers in new, exciting, and sometimes ridiculous situations this summer...situations they tackled with unbridled enthusiasm, and then asked for more! Like the time I let my campers lead our hike, and we trekked all the way to Earth Rangers just in time to 'spy' on their staff (Spy Week). It was a hot day, and there were no complaints - just giggles, songs, and cheers...we got back to the Kortright property and they asked to go out and spy again! Or there was the time during Art and Music week when we ventured out to find the most peaceful spot where we could to pause and make our own music. We made a bunch of different, beautiful melodies (including some beatboxing a camper started!), and none of my campers wanted to break for lunch! They were so in tune with the sounds of nature around them, and so excited about adding and experimenting with their own unique noises.

Despite how peaceful that sounds, the majority of our summer was spent taking Mrs. Frizzle's advice and taking chances, making mistakes, and getting messy! There were a couple weeks where my groups spent most of our days covered in charcoal, regardless of whether or not we had made a fire (sorry, parents!). We had failed experiments that made our successes even more exciting. We faced fears (mostly in Coyote Ally at night, but also in insects, water, and dirt) and came out stronger! My campers took charge of their camp weeks, and because of them I have so many amazing memories of rolling down hills, racing to destinations, stomping in puddles, and looking at Kortright with new wonder. Our campers are fantastic, and Kortright is the perfect place for their curious minds...I can't wait until next summer!

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A Letter from a Parentexpand

For the past two summers my children have spent a week at Nature Day Camp at Kortright.  The car ride home each day was filled with laughter and great stories of their adventures in nature,  step-by-step instructions of the new crafts they had made that day, stories of fearless camp leaders and repeated renditions of whatever new camp song they had learned that day.  The overnight camp-out at the end of the week was a great  addition and gave the kids an authentic camping experience: tents, bonfires, marshmallows and lots of fresh air!   My kids were exhausted and dirty at the end of the week, but came away with great memories and a greater love for the outdoors, which in this mom's opinion, means it was a huge success! 

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Teamwork and Nature Fun!expand

This was my second year at the Kortright nature day camp.  This year was my first year in the leadership adventure camp.  Each day we did leadership and team building activities in the morning and fun nature activites in the afternoon.  One of my favourite experiences at camp was going down to the river. We had nets and  bins and caught a whole bunch of fish and tadpoles.  I slept overnight at camp and made some new friends.  We played games, had a campfire and got to eat banana boats and do some skits.  It was fun!  We got to sleep in a tent too.  Another neat thing was going on the low ropes course and learning how to work as a team.  Some of the courses were pretty hard, but we worked together and were able to do them all!

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A Walk to the Riverexpand

One of the favourite stories of summer camp is the day we went down to the river. It was a sunny summer day and the temperature was perfect. The campers wanted to go down to the river and I thought it was an excellent idea.  With water shoes on our feet, hats on our heads, water bottles and snacks in our bags and dip nets and buckets in hand on we began our hike down to the Humber River.  When we got down in the valley, we heard a noise up in a tree, and when we looked up we saw a pileated woodpecker cleaning out his tree cavity. He stopped and looked at us, as we watched him.

The animals must have thought it was a day to play as well. As we continued on our hike one of the campers shouted “look the squirrels are playing tag,” the rest of the group looked over and sure enough we saw two red squirrels jumping from tree to tree chasing each other. Taking the idea from the squirrels the campers asked to play a game of tag. We set down our equipment and played a game of hide and seek tag, where the some campers would hide in the forest while the camper who was it went to find them. After about five minutes of playing, it was time to sit and eat a snack.

After snack we continued on out hike to the river. We heard the river before we saw it, it sounded so inviting. As a group we went into the river and filled up our buckets full of water. Now it was time to find some river creatures, as we waded in the water up to our knees, we saw something swimming. One of the campers scooped with their net and caught some baby minnows. We put them in the bucket and watched them swim for a while. While we were down at the river we caught lots of different creatures; crayfish, frogs, tadpoles, and minnows. It soon came time for lunch and we put the creatures back in the river and headed back to the centre.

It was a great morning!

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Sofia's 4 Years of Fun at Kortright Campexpand

This is a story about 4 years of summer camp at the Kortright Centre. I love summer camp!

First, every Thursday night we have a sleepover. Before bed we do a very fun night hike. Sometimes we see cool creatures. We also sleep in tents. When it was night I heard coyotes. When I had to go to the washroom we had to go through the trees and we saw a raccoon climbing a tree.

On Fridays, we have a cookout lunch. We cook hotdogs on a fire. After the hotdogs we make smores...yum. Next we go pond dipping. One of the days we went there, we caught five tadpoles and one big water bug. One day we caught one big green frog.

We also make lots of crafts. One time we made an Aboriginal craft and it was nature made. We also made silly putty. It was a lot fun. We even dyed shirts (tie-dye).

Then we went to the beekeepers house. I got to wear the beekeepers suit and the counsellors Brianna and Hally took a picture of me. We made a frame and we put the picture in the frame. I got to taste honey samples. It was very sweet.

Also, I went to the bird farm. We saw peregrine falcons. We even saw an eagle and two owls. One of the peregrine falcons was very crazy.

Then we went geocaching. I got to decorate my geocache. I went into the grass and hid my geocache and used a GPS to find everyone else's geocache and mine.

Finally, the games we played were: manhunt, camoflauge, orienteering, and also we did races that we got sprayed with a spray bottle.

I had so much fun at the Kortright Centre!

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