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The Outdoor Recreation Program offers classes, clinics, trips and camps throughout the city, the triangle area and state. You can register for any outdoor recreation program online using RecLink, in person at any staffed facility, or by calling the Outdoor Recreation office at 919-996-6855.

Adventure Days

Adventure Days are one-day mini-camps designed to get students outside during teacher workdays. Each day has a different sport/activity they will be focusing on and learning about as they get outside and challenge themselves and one another. Participants should come dressed for the outdoors, bring a lunch, two snacks, and a reusable water bottle. 

Register online via RecLink.


Two people riding their mountain bikes on a trail

Are you interested in learning how to ride, working towards a merit badge, or just looking to ride with a group of other mountain bikers? Come join us at Forest Ridge Park for one or more of our mountain biking programs.


An instructor and student in the pool working on kayak basics

Kayak Pool Sessions

Join us on Friday evenings at Optimist Pool for kayak pool sessions! Sessions are open to all levels of boaters, whether you’re working on your roll, practicing new skills, or just wanting to try out the sport.

During the 2020 season, we have modified pool sessions to help keep participants safe and healthy. The biggest change is that pre-registration is required, which can be done online on RecLink. Check out the links below to learn more about our modifications and step-by-step instructions on how to register for a Pool Session.


In 1984, the Adventure Program was born out of the City's Nature Program to fulfill growing needs in outdoor recreation opportunities. Over the years the goal has always been to provide engaging instructional opportunities in a wide range of outdoor adventure activities. The Adventure Program was rebranded in 2019 to Outdoor Recreation Programs to better reflect the programs and opportunities we provide the community, such as:

  • Providing enjoyable adventure experiences that embrace experiential learning;
  • Creating an atmosphere where group experiences foster a sense of team;
  • Providing instructional foundations in a wide range of outdoor activities;
  • Focusing on safety issues and manage inherent risks associated with outdoor recreation activities; and, 
  • Providing and promoting opportunities for environmental appreciation and stewardship

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