discovery staff

Are you offering Discovery programs this summer?

Yes, we are!

The Ontario Parks Discovery team is hard at work coming up with creative ways to connect visitors with the special stories and values protected in our parks.

If you visit any of the parks offering Discovery programming, you may connect with Discovery staff along a trail, as they rove through the campground, at a drop-in program, in a Visitor Centre, or at a scheduled program.

This season’s Discovery

As we continue to follow public health guidelines, you likely won’t see the usual event calendars promoting traditional programs for larger crowds.

Instead, Discovery staff will be offering a variety of creative ways for visitors to connect with nature and to learn about special park values.

staff with net

All parks listed below have summer student Discovery Guides.

In July/August, you may see guides walking through the campground or presenting drop-in programs that aim to get kids and their guardians exploring nature.

Drop-in programs are often paired with a Discovery book activity (available for free from Discovery Guides) and other props or tools to help explore.

discovery staff with visitors

Some parks have Discovery buckets with nets and other tools available to sign out!

Our Discovery programs — enhanced!

Enhanced Discovery parks (marked below with an asterisk) have at least one experienced naturalist on staff.

These parks traditionally offer a variety of interpretive programs, from guided hikes to children’s programs to evening presentations, and more!


Although some parks will be offering these programs at a reduced capacity this year, you may be more likely to meet an interpreter stationed along a trail or roving through your campground.

If you do, please say hello and take the opportunity to ask questions or connect with the many park stories they have to tell!

discovery centre

Some parks have a Visitor Centre open this summer as well.

Select enhanced Discovery parks also offer staff-led programs into the fall and winter, including school programs.

These parks are offering staff-led Discovery programs this summer:

(* = Enhanced Discovery programs)

Happy exploring and discovering this summer!