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.

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.

LIT Program

(Previously called CIT Program)

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Outdoor Recreation program is seeking volunteers, ages 13-17 for the Leader in Training (LIT) program. LITs work alongside summer day camp counselors to teach campers, play games, hike, fish, canoe and more. The LIT program is a great way to build confidence and gain experience in leadership skills. Teens must be motivated, enthusiastic, creative and willing to work with children in the outdoors.