The YMCA Open Outdoors program is designed to ignite a love of the outdoors by offering accessible skill building activities to empower equity deserving communities to be comfortable in the outdoors. Equity deserving communities are those historically under-resourced and under-represented in outdoor education and includes Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, and disabled communities. In addition to these groups, the program also aims to engage Indigenous youth and families recognizing the specific historical colonial inequities tied to land access and the outdoors that has led to Indigenous underrepresentation in outdoor education.
Join us for FREE, outdoor educator led sessions to focus on building skills and confidence, learning more about the natural world around you, and connecting with others. We are committed to supporting you in your journey to enjoying the outdoors and learning new skills, year-round.
Each Open Outdoors’ session will focus on developing, or building upon, an outdoor skill, such as: rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, snow shoeing, and more! Program offerings will be seasonally dependent and alternate between our two outdoor centres: YMCA Cedar Glen and YMCA Camp Pine Crest, and at Toronto Island where we have an outdoor centre satellite location.
See our calendar of all current scheduled sessions.