Outdoor Recreation Programs

Last updated Aug. 08, 2019 - 12:05 pm
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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 Program

Adventure Days are one day mini-camps designed to get students outside during teacher workdays. Each different day has a different sport they will be focusing on and learning about as they get outside, challenge themselves and one another. Participants should come dressed for the outdoors, bring a lunch, two snacks and a reusable water bottle. Canoe Day participants should bring swim clothes, towel, and close toed water shoes. Bike day which participants will be expected to bring their own bike, although some may be available upon request, and be comfortable riding on various terrain.

Register online via RecLink using the barcode listed below.

Falls Lake Canoe Expedition
Monday, September 30
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Barcode: 244472

Mountain Biking
Friday, November 1
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Barcode: 244475

Falls Lake Fridays

Falls Lake Fridays

Did you know that Forest Ridge Park has almost 7 miles of waterfront along Falls Lake? On select Friday's this fall, we will be loading up the boats and setting out to explore beautiful Falls Lake. Guarantee your spot today by registering online or drop in on a Friday evening to join us for a paddle. Paddling experience is not required, but participants should be comfortable in on or around the water. At least one adult is required to register per family group. Please come prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, close-toed water shoes, clothes that can get wet, a towel and a change of dry clothes.

Register online via RecLink and click "Browse Programs/Camps" and "Advanced Search" keyword "Falls Lake".

Location: Forest Ridge Park Welcome Center, 2100 Old NC 98 HWY, Wake Forest, 27587

Dates: September 6, 13, and 20, and October 4

Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Kayak Pool Sessions

Kayak Pool Sessions

Join us at Optimist Pool for Friday kayak open 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.

You can register for online using RecLink or in person at Optimist pool.

Location: Optimist Pool

Ages: 14 years and up, 14 and under with an adult

Dates: Fridays, Nov. 1 to Dec. 6*

*There are no pool sessions or private roll lessons on November 29.

Private Roll Instruction

Private Roll

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 under water. Preregistration is required. Bring clothes that can get wet, towel and a change of dry clothes. Bringing your own paddling equipment (boat, skirt, helmet, PFD) is optional, but recommended.

Location: Optimist Pool

Age: 8 years and up, 14 years and under with an adult

Dates: Fridays, Nov. 1 through Dec. 6*

Time: 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

*There are no pool sessions or private roll lessons on November 29.

First Aid/CPR/AED Certification Course

First Aid CPR

Be prepared for emergencies with this First Aid, CPR, and AED certification course. Registration includes professional training with engaging learning material, a classroom session, and hands-on practice. First Aid and CPR certification is great to obtain for any outdoor enthusiast. Certification is subject to completion of course material. First Aid Certification is valid for 3 years but CPR needs annual updates. Registration required.

Register online via RecLink using the barcode below.

Location: Forest Ridge Park Welcome Center, 2100 Old NC 98 HWY, Wake Forest, 27587

Age: 18 years and up

Time: Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Barcode: 244455

Bike Maintenance Clinic

Bike Maintenance clinic

Stop paying for costly bike repairs that can be done on your own! Participants will learn how to change flat tires, adjust gears and brakes, as well as perform general upkeep on their bikes. We will also go over signs and symptoms of bicycles in need of maintenance. Bring your own bike and helmet, and wear clothes that can get dirty. Sign up today for quality instruction and hands-on experience. Registration is required.

Register online via RecLink using the barcode below.

Ages: 12 years and up

Location: Forest Ridge Park

Time: Saturday, September 14, 1 to 3 p.m.

Barcode: 244361

BSA Merit Badge Programs

BSA Pioneering Merit Badge

Earn your next merit badge at Forest Ridge Park. Sessions are designed to cover most of the material required for merit badges. Allow our experienced instructors to teach new skills while allowing for hands-on application. Equipment will be provided for all activities. Most time will be spent outdoors so dress for the topic and weather. Registration is required.

Ages: 12 to 18 years

Location: Forest Ridge Park

Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Barcode: 244459


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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

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