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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 at Optimist Pool for Friday open kayak pool sessions! Sessions are open paddling times for all levels of boaters, whether you're working on your roll, practicing new skills, or just wanting to try out the sport.
No pre-registration is required. You can register in person when you arrive at the Optimist pool.

Private Roll Instruction

For the boater wanting to take that next step in the kayaking progression, we are proud to offer personalized roll instruction. While everyone becomes proficient with these skills at different times, it usually takes more than one-hour-long lesson to develop consistency in performing a roll.

Roll instruction is designed to provide one step in the learning process. Students must have some kayaking experience, basic swimming ability, and comfort underwater. Preregistration is required. Bring clothes that can get wet, a towel, and a change of dry clothes. Bringing your own paddling equipment (boat, skirt, helmet, PFD) is optional, but recommended. Please register by the Thursday before your desired session online via Reclink.

Kayak Basics

Come out and learn how to kayak in the warm, indoor waters of Optimist Pool. This four-hour course provides a comfortable and pleasant environment in which to learn the basics of kayaking.

Outdoor Experiences

A person holding a compass and map as part of a wilderness class

Off-the-Trail: Wilderness Survival Challenge

Explore Forest Ridge Park using a map and compass! Instructors will teach orienteering skills and then lead groups in an orienteering competition.

Fishing on the Banks

Join our instructors as they teach fishing techniques and etiquette from the shores of Falls Lake.


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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