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Environmental Education Facility Opens It's Doors

Jun 07, 2010

(TORONTO, June 7) On an average day at Lake St. George Field Centre, in Richmond Hill, school and community groups spend two-five days enjoying hands-on experiences to learn about the environment and get closer to nature at this 140 hectare ecologically significant site on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Normally closed to the public, on Saturday, June 12, this important outdoor education facility opens its doors for one day, as part of Doors Open, Richmond Hill. This is the second annual Doors Open, Richmond Hill event organized by The Ontario Heritage Trust and the Town of Richmond Hill. At the field centre, visitors can discover the centre's rich history, natural heritage, and scenic grounds including a kettle lake, mixed woodlands, open meadows and reforested areas.

"Participating in Doors Open is a great way for us to allow our neighbours and friends from the community to see the property and buildings at Lake St. George, which are an important part of Richmond Hill's history," said Darryl Gray, Manager, Education, Toronto and Region Conservation. "As well, as this is part of our celebration of 30 years of environmental education at Lake St. George, we also hope to see some people that went on a school field trip there, and maybe relive some old memories"

Toronto and Region Conservation has been operating Lake St. George as a residential outdoor education centre for thirty years, with its grand opening in 1980. Lake St. George consists of two dormitories, named the Bond House and Snively house and the historic turn of the century country home called Davies Hall.  The site has been awarded "gold" status by Ontario EcoSchools for the past 5 years.

What: Lake St. George Field Centre Open House

  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a quiet, solar-powered, 23-passenger pontoon boat. Admire the beauty and wildlife of one of the glacial kettle lakes of the Oak Ridges Moraine.


  • Join a guided tour of Davies Hall, the 1908 estate house. Climb the servants' staircase to former bedrooms, and descend into the fieldstone basement, built on the foundation of an 1856 log chateau.


  • Chat with archaeologists about artifacts they have found. There is evidence here from many aboriginal sites, ranging from a 600 year old longhouse village to a 9000 year old caribou hunting camp.


  • See historic buildings, remnants of gardens and orchards, and photos of the site's history.


Date: Saturday, June 12 Gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boat tours and walking tours are both offered every 45 minutes.  Admission, parking, tours and refreshments are all free of charge.


Where: St. George Field Centre is at 950 Bethesda Side Road, 400 metres east of Bayview Avenue, in north Richmond Hill.  Bethesda Side Road is two kilometres north of Stouffville Road and two kilometres south of Bloomington Road.


Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at


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