People kayaking on the Neuse River

Outdoor Recreation Programs

Jump To:

Adventure Days Biking Paddling Outdoor Experiences History

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 using the barcode listed below.

Outdoor Explorers at Forest Ridge Park

Age: 10-14
Date: Monday, March 9
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Barcode: 249465

Mini-Adventure Series at Forest Ridge Park

Join us over Wake County Public Schools Spring Break for half-day mini-camps. Each day will focus on a different outdoor activity.

Age: 10-12
Date: Monday-Wednesday, April 6-8
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Barcode: 249512 


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 we are offering this Spring!

Mountain Bike Basics 

Hit the trails with this multi-session approach to mountain biking.  If you're interested in mountain biking but don't have the equipment or don't know where to ride, this course is for you.

Age: 14 and up
Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Barcode: 249507

BSA Cycling Program

Merit Badge Programs are designed to focus on the Boys Scouts of America requirements for specific topics. This session focuses on the requirements for the Cycling Merit Badge.

Age: 9 and up
Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Barcode: 249513

Guided Ride

Our guides will take the group through a brief bike inspection and warm-up before riding the trails together.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, however, loaner equipment is available and must be reserved in advance.

Age: 16 and up
Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barcode: 249534


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.

Location: Optimist Pool
Ages: 14 years and up, 14 and under with an adult
Dates: Fridays, Jan. 3-Apr. 3
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
*There are no private roll instruction sessions on Jan. 24 or Mar. 13

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.

Location: Optimist Pool
Age: 8 years and up, 14 years and under with an adult
Dates: Fridays, Jan. 3rd through Apr. 3rd*
Time: 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
*There are no private roll instruction sessions on Jan. 24 or Mar. 13

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.

Age: 8 and up (Participants under 18 are welcome when registered with an adult)
Date: Saturday, February 8th 
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Barcode: 249491

Outdoor Experiences

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.

Age: 10-12
Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barcode: 249533

Fishing on the Banks

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

Age: 10-12
Date: Tuesday, March 24 and Saturday, April 25
Time: March: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; April: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barcodes: March: 249510; April: 249511


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
  • Providing and promoting opportunities for environmental appreciation and stewardship





Phone: 919-996-6855

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
Parks Programs



Related Events

  All events

Related Projects

  All projects