Outdoor Education Programs

Richmond Hill has new outdoor programs for individuals, families and groups including:

  • Schools
  • Daycares
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girls Guides
  • Community groups

Outdoor education programs

Our programs offer hands-on experience in the environment. Participants learn about the world that surrounds us, take risks, try new things and gain self-esteem. Wildlife studies and guided hikes are also great for physical fitness. Our staff will lead you through one of Richmond Hill's many parks with streams, ponds, fields and forests.

All staff members are trained, First Aid certified and knowledgeable about the environment. Our staff is also very passionate about teaching others about nature.

Email, our Outdoor Education and Challenge Course Coordinator, or call at 905-773-4630 ext. 223 for more information.


We welcome groups with 15 to 100 people. Group leaders and adult volunteers are needed to ensure that there's at least one adult for every 12 children participating in a program. A minimum of 15 paid participants is required for every program. Adult leaders and volunteers attend our programs for free. Be sure to pack a lunch and snacks.


Our outdoor education programs usually run in four different parks within the community.

Elgin West Greenway (located behind the Elgin West Community Centre)
11099 Bathurst Street
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0N2

Robert Holland Interpretive Centre (located in Phyllis Rawlinson Park)
11715 Leslie Street
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3R7

Oak Ridges Community Centre
12895 Bayview Avenue
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3G2

George Forster House (located in Phyllis Rawlinson Park)
11715 Leslie Street
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3R7


Richmond Hill's outdoor education programs are run outside in rain, snow or shine. Dress for the weather.

In the colder months you should wear:

  • Layers of clothing
  • A warm waterproof jacket
  • A hat
  • Mitts
  • Closed-toe shoes, rubber boots or winter boots

In the summertime you should come prepared with the following:

  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • A baseball cap
  • A water bottle

Tell us what you think

Complete a Program Evaluation form to tell us about your experiences with our programs and services. This helps the Community Services department provide high-quality recreational activities, services and facilities.