Open Trails Day at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre

Open Trails Day at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre
Posted on 08/31/2023
Open Trails Day at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre

The MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre is having its annual Open Trails Day on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m

Take a hike through the trails and discover the biodiversity of this unique site, which is part of the Environment & Climate Change Canada’s Beckett Creek Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Bring your binoculars, camera, magnifying lenses and, most importantly, your curiosity!

This is the only day of this school year when this 425-acre classroom will be open to the public for everyone to explore. Normally, this OCDSB facility is only open to attending students and classes. 

Getting here:

  • There is plenty of parking at 3685 Wilhaven Drive and 3640 Ottawa Regional Road #174.
  • Visitors with strollers or wheelchairs can enter through the Forest Edge Field Centre at 3640 Ottawa Regional Road #174.

Visitor information:

  • Visitors are welcome to bring a lunch or picnic. 
  • A fire will be set up at the Village Field Centre if you wish to bring items for a cookout lunch. 
  • Dogs are allowed on leash.
  • We encourage all visitors to wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, socks and proper outdoor shoes to allow you to be active and protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks. Sunscreen and bug spray are also recommended.

Check out the event poster to see some of the species that call the Centre their home.

The OCDSB’s Outdoor Education Centres provide high quality, hands-on outdoor programming that is designed and delivered to complement classroom learning in many sections of the Ontario Curriculum. Learn more on the Outdoor Education page.

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