Outdoor Recreation


The Outdoor Recreation program is to connect people to nature through learning, play and community service. We provide environmental education and outdoor recreation programs for our residents and surrounding communities.


Kasey Unser

McKnight Outdoor Education Center

The McKnight Outdoor Education Center is the primary home for the Outdoor Recreation Program. Explore more about the McKnight Outdoor Education Center.

McKnight Outdoor Education Center Rental Request Form

School Field Trip Information and Request Form

Upcoming Events


Other Programming

Summer Camp

Outdoor Recreation Summer Camps Spend the summer outside canoeing, creeking, fishing and building forts. Each week will have a unique theme structured around classic camp activities. Come enjoy camp outside!

Explore the Outdoor Recreation Summer Camps.

School Programs

Located on the west bank of the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir, McKnight Outdoor Education Center offers environmental education and outdoor skills programs through the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Nature trails, caves, creeks and the Scioto River form the backdrop for your students to explore and discover the many wonders of nature.

Learn more about our school programs.

CIT Program

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is a volunteer opportunity designed to provide selected applicants the chance to learn various aspects of the department’s summer camp program operations, while also gaining valuable experience. Designed for young people ages 13-17, CITs support the work of camp counselors at one of our summer campsites over the course of the season. Participants who are selected as CITs gain valuable skills in teamwork, leadership, critical thinking and communication, while also learning about registration processes, supervision of children’s activities and program development. The volunteer hours worked in the program can be applied toward school requirements, upon approval from each individual’s school administration.

Learn About the Program

2023 CIT Application