The Adventure Program offers classes, clinics, trips and camps throughout the city, the triangle area and state. See what we can do for you. You can register for any adventure program online using RecLink, in person at any staffed facility, or by calling the Adventure office at 919-996-6855.
Pool Sessions are open practice times for all levels of paddlers, whether you're working on play boating, perfecting your roll or just wanting to try out the sport.
Location: Optimist Pool
Dates: Dec - 8, 15, 22, 29; Jan - 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb - 2, 9, 16, 23; March - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April - 6, 13
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Private Roll Instruction
For the boater wanting to take the 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 takes about four separate, hour-long lessons on average to develop a fledgling pool roll.
Spring Bike Week
Need something for your middle-schooler to do this spring break? The Adventure Program's Spring Bike Week is a fun way to see all the trails and greenways our city has to offer. We will be on the go all day, riding from park to park and learning about biking, bike maintenance and the opportunities to ride in Raleigh. An overnight camping experience will take place Thursday night.
Location: Forest Ridge Park
Dates: April 2 through April 6
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Neuse River Kid's Club
This is a multi-session kayaking program for youth. Sessions will start on flat water and move to more advanced moving water as the group builds skill.
Location: Neuse River
Dates: Fridays, April 20 through May 11
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Neuse River Canoe Trip
Spend a day canoeing the Neuse River with guidance from the Adventure Program staff. We will meet you at the take-out point and shuttle you to the put-in for our trip.
Location: Neuse River
Dates: April 21
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Oak City Adventures
Do your kids and teens love being outside all day? Swimming, hiking, and playing in the water? Join us as we travel through the City of Raleigh experiencing all the amazing outdoor activities the City of Oaks has to offer. Campers will be on the go all day paddling, climbing, hiking, riding and exploring all over our city each week. Drop off runs from 8:00-8:30am, pick up runs from 5:00-5:30pm. Please be sure your camper is on time to camp as daily field trips depart as early as 9:00am. Participants should bring a lunch, two snacks and a reusable water bottle each day. Each week will include a bike day which campers will be expected to bring their own bike to camp. Registration begins on March 8.
Location: Durant Nature Preserve - South Entrance:
3237 Spottswood Street, Raleigh
Dates: Weekly, June 11-August 10
*No camp July 2-6
Dates: Weekly, June 11-July 13
*No camp July 2-6
There are four separate specialty weeks for teens, each with its own emphasis . These will include an overnight camping experience on Thursday night away from Raleigh.
- Girls Week
Does your daughter love being outside? Come paddle, climb, hike, ride and explore in a fun, encouraging environment.
Dates: July 16-July 20
- Bike Week
We will spend each day exploring the hundreds of miles of biking trails all over the city.
Dates: July 23-July 27
- Boat Week
Join a small group of teens in exploring our local lakes and rivers, learn paddling skills, and spend a whole week adventuring on the water.
Dates: July 30-August 3
- Rock Week
Do you love rocks, ropes, and all things off the ground? Rock week teaches campers about climbing and the safety and team building skills necessary to have a gravity defying adventure.
Dates: August 6-10
*Scholarships available through the Give Play fund.
Whitewater Kayaking Clinic
We'll spend the afternoon at one of our hidden gems on the Neuse River teaching you how to read the rapids and have a good time on the water.
- Location: Neuse River
- Date: May 12
- Time: 1:00-5:30 p.m.
- Phone - 919-996-6855
- Fax – 919-831-6470
- Address – 2401 Wade Ave, Raleigh NC 27607
- Office Hours – Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
In 1984, the Adventure Program was born out of the city's Nature Program. Over the years the goal has always been to provide instructional opportunities in a wide range of outdoor adventure activities as well as:
- Provide enjoyable adventure experiences that embrace experiential learning;
- Create an atmosphere where group experiences foster a sense of team;
- Provide instructional foundations in a wide range of adventure activities;
- Focus on safety issues and manage risks in the most proactive manner; and,
- Provide an opportunity for environmental appreciation and stewardship.