Adventure Program

Last updated Mar. 10, 2017 - 12:55 pm
white water kayaking

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.


kayakers sitting in pool

Neuse River Kids Club

Neuse River Kids Club 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. Previous kayaking experience is encouraged.

Location: Optimist Pool, Neuse River

Course Fee: $90


  • April 21
  • April 28
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17
  • May 24

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Pool Sessions

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. Formal instruction is not provided, but a brief, basic boat orientation for beginners. There is no preregistration.

Location: Optimist Pool
Course Fee: $4 resident, $8 non-resident
Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14
Time: 5-8 p.m.

Pool Session Punch Pass

We're excited to offer a punch pass this season.
Cost: $14.50 for 5 visits (resident & non-resident)

Private Roll Instruction

Roll or swim? If you are tired of the second option, try our kayak roll instruction. For the boater wanting to take that next step in the kayaking progression, we are proud to offer personalized roll instruction. Pick a time to work with professionally certified instructors on roll development. 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.

Location: Optimist Pool
Course Fee: $40 resident, $55 non-resident
Dates: Fridays during Pool Sessions
Time: 6 or 7 p.m.


bikers on greenway

Wrench & Ride

Adventure staff members teach some basics of bike maintenance as you explore the Capital Area Greenway system. Come try this out, explore and find a new place you'll love to ride. Instructors will shuttle you up to the trail and guide you to one of the many recreation facilities along the greenway. Bring your own bike.

Location: Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center, Walnut Creek Wetland Center
Course Fee: $15
Dates: March 25, April 8
Time: 1-4 p.m.

Adventure Camps

Kids jumping in lake

Oak City Adventures

Travel through the City of Raleigh experiencing all the amazing outdoor activities the 'City of Oaks' has to offer. We will be on the go all day experiencing boating, games, nature education, hiking exploring, survival skills, and more.

Location: Durant Nature Preserve & Walnut Creek Wetland Center

Course Fee: $250


  • June 12-16
  • June 19-23
  • June 26-30
  • July 10-14
  • July 17-21
  • July 24-28
  • July 31-Aug 4
  • Aug 7-11

Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adventure Trips and Custom Programs

small group of paddlers on beach

Let the Adventure Program design you next excursion! The Adventure Program customizes programs, clinics and trips in a variety of disciplines including Paddling, Rock Climbing, Cycling, Wilderness Survival Skills, Teambuilding, and more. All customized programs are subject to facility and staffing availability. Call the Adventure Office to book your next adventure.


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.
  • Provide an opportunity for environmental appreciation and stewardship.

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