Nature’s Classroom has been put on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.

Fill out the application form below to join our wait list and stay informed about the Nature’s Classroom program.

Although in-person programs and events have been put on hold, all 21 public forest tracts boasting 140 kilometres of trails are still open! Enjoy the health benefits nature provides including stress relief, improved memory and attention span. Visit for more information.

Personal information collected in this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act. When the Nature’s Classroom program resumes, individuals registered will be contacted. If you have any questions about the collection of this information, please contact Access York at 1-877-464-9675 or by mail at The Regional Municipality of York, Natural Heritage and Forestry, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 6Z1.

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* 1. Name of group

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* 2. Group leader name(s)

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* 3. Group leader's phone number(s)

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* 4. Email address(es)

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* 5. What city/town is your group based out of?


Canada’s first living building: Inside and out: Explore Canada’s first ‘living building’ - the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre - to discover the features of its sustainable design. Enjoy a guided walk to experience the history of the surrounding forest while learning how it supports a healthy community.  Offered year-round. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Nature by snowshoe: Explore the forest on snowshoes and learn about their origin and cultural significance. Offered December to March, weather permitting. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Nature watch: Do you want to be a citizen scientist? On this walk, you will explore the forest and learn how to report your discoveries. Help local conservation and science efforts by observing plants and animals and sharing data through online applications, while learning more about the nature around you. Offered year-round. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Nighttime wonders: When the sun goes down – you should go exploring! Use your senses to smell, hear and see the forest at night. Offered October through to April. Recommended for all ages.

Wild about wildlife: Wildlife lovers - this is the walk for you! Learn about the animals that live in the forest and how to know if they’re around. Engaging stories and forest folklore make this guided walk even more awesome! Offered year-round. Recommended for all ages.

Forest stroll: ‘Easy does it’ is the theme of this stroll. This leisurely walk will take place on the accessible trail and is ideal for people with limited mobility or those who want to walk at a slow pace while taking in the many views offered by the forest. Offered year-round.

Getting active in the forest: Fitness buff…or not – this is a fun way to get active outdoors! Breathe in the sights and smells of the forest as you get your heart rate up with this low to medium impact walk. Offered year-round. 

Vitamin N: Nature is good for you! Join us to discover more about the benefits of spending time in nature and ways to enjoy this awesome ‘vitamin’.  The program includes an indoor presentation followed by a dose of ‘Vitamin N’ by way of an interpretive walk through the forest. Offered year-round.
Please select a Nature's Classroom program for your group:

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* 8. Other: Please specify your customized program request below (this can include badge requirements for youth groups):

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* 9. Does your group have insurance coverage?
Please note: Please note: insurance is not required to participate in this program. In the event that your group does not have insurance, waiver forms will be provided for your group to sign and return.


Please note: the total number of participants must be between 10 and 25 persons.

Future in-person events maybe impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and there maybe further restrictions on the number of participants. If this is a youth group, please ensure the total number of participants, including adult supervisors, is 25.
To ensure quality programming and a safe experience York Region requires adult to child ratios as follows:
Kindergarten 1 adult: 5 children
Primary 1 adult: 8 children
Junior 1 adult: 10 children
Intermediate 1 adult: 13 children
Senior 1 adult: 15 children
Beavers, Sparks 1 adult: 8 children
Cubs, Brownies 1 adult: 8 children
Scouts, Guides 1 adult: 8 children

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* 10. Total number of participants including adult supervisors is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25.

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* 11. Do you require any accommodation due to disability?

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* 12. Will your group be bringing any assistive devices?

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* 13. What age group should the program be targeted to?

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* 14. What is your group’s preferred language?

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* 15. Additional Comments (Scout/Guide badge requirements, special needs, behaviour, health concerns, accessibility needs, etc.)

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