Adventure Program

Last updated Mar. 16, 2018 - 3:44 pm
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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

kayakers sitting in pool

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

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

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.

An information packet is available.

Neuse River Kid's Club

Neuse River Kids 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.

An information packet is available.

Neuse River Canoe Trip

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.

An information packet is available.

Summer Camp

Summer camp

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:
Campbell Lodge
3237 Spottswood Street, Raleigh

  • Youth
    Age: 10-12
    Dates: Weekly, June 11-August 10
    *No camp July 2-6

  • Teens
    Age: 13-15
    Dates: Weekly, June 11-July 13
    *No camp July 2-6

Specialty Weeks:
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.
    Age: 13-15
    Dates: July 16-July 20

  • Bike Week
    We will spend each day exploring the hundreds of miles of biking trails all over the city.
    Age: 13-15
    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.
    Age: 13-15
    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.
    Age: 13-15
    Dates: August 6-10

*Scholarships available through the Give Play fund.


Contact Information

  • Email
  • 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.

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