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Adventure Outpost

Winton Woods

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Adventure Outpost

Adventure Outpost’s knowledgeable, certified staff will arm you with the skills, confidence and support you need to make the most of your time outdoors. Take a class in anything from kayaking to archery to backpacking basics, head out together for a bike ride or trail run or bring your group for a day of team building.
Team Building
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Set your staff, class or teammates up for success with a full or half day of team building. Adventure Outpost staff will lead your group through a customized package of outdoor activities designed to foster a strong, agile and efficient team.

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Paddling Opportunities
Friday Night Floats
ACA Smart Start
ACA Quick Start
Little Miami River Trip
ACA Level 1 Kayaking
ACA Level 2 Kayaking
1.5 Hours 1.5 Hours 3 Hours 6 Hours 6 Hours 6 Hours
Learn the basics of boats, safety and paddling on calm, flat water before heading out onto the lake at sunset. ACA-based program for new paddlers looking to learn basic safety and paddling techniques. Advance your paddling skills with more info and in-water rescues that prepare you for river trips. A guided, group day trip on the Little Miami River. Transportation and instruction provided. Immerse yourself in a full day of paddling skills to get the most out of your kayak on flat water. Continue adding to your skills for lake or river outings with an emphasis on advanced rescues.
- Beginners
- Ages 8+
- 275 lbs max (boat capacity)
- Beginners
- Ages 8+
- 275 lbs max (boat capacity)
- Beginners
- Ages 12+
- 275 lbs max (boat capacity)
- Quick Start completed
- Ages 14+
- 275 lbs max (boat capacity)
- Ages 14+
- 275 lbs max (boat capacity)
- Ages 14+
- 275 lbs max (boat capacity)

On-the-water classes are offered May through October. Start with the basics on Winton Lake and build up to trips on the Little Miami River.



Adventure Programs
From wooded trail runs to backpacking basics, you can tap into your wild side and meet fitness goals in the great outdoors.


Introduction to Backpacking

Introduction to Backpacking

Are you interested in learning more about backpacking? Enjoy this indoor presentation that will cover everything from basic pre-trip preparation to some on-the-trail tips and essentials to help make your time in the great outdoors enjoyable and safe. For adults and children 12 and up. Winton Woods/Winton Centre ($6/person, register by 2 days in advance)

 

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Backcountry Cooking and Nutrition

Backcountry Cooking and Nutrition

Don’t be limited to your standard “just add water” meals on your next backpacking trip. Join us to explore the many options of backpacking cuisine and cooking gear. For adults and children ages 14 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Wilderness Skills:  Survival in a Bottle

Wilderness Skills: Survival in a Bottle

Everything that you need to survive can all fit in a 32-ounce bottle! Fire, water, shelter, food and signal will all be discussed as we explore the essentials of survival on the go. Winton Woods/Winton Centre ($6/person, register by 3 days in advance) 12/11 Session is Cancelled

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Adventure Hike Series: Using Your Map and Compass

Adventure Hike Series: Using Your Map and Compass

Join Adventure Outpost staff for an off-trail hike as we learn how to translate what’s on the map to what’s underfoot. Maps and compasses provided. Be sure to pack water and dress for the weather. For ages 12 and up. Miami Whitewater Forest/Timberlakes Program Shelter ($15/person, register by 2/23)

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Wilderness Skills: Fire and the Marshmallow Challenge

Wilderness Skills: Fire and the Marshmallow Challenge

The skill to create fire is crucial for survival by providing heat, water purification, signaling, food preparation and comfort. We’ll go over different fire-starting techniques before participants take on a s’more challenge! For adults and children 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($10/person, register by 1/26)

Pre-registration is required.  Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

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Outdoor Archery
Join the instructors for a compound bow course on an outdoor archery range. All equipment is provided, so adults and children ages 8 and up can focus on developing and improving skills in this challenging sport.​


Outdoor Archery

Outdoor Archery

Aiming for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors? Try out your skills with a little target practice! Our archery instructor will guide you through the basics of shooting a compound bow while explaining the archery steps to success. All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 8 and up. An adult must be present for the duration of the program. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person, register by 2 days in advance) 12/10 Session is Cancelled

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Biking
Join us April through October for group bike trips around Great Parks or out on a local trail. And keep an eye out throughout the year for mountain bike demo days at Mitchell Memorial Forest.​


Meet the Staff
Tom BuckleyTom Buckley, Manager
Tom is the Adventure Outpost Manager, and has been teaching outdoors for longer than he wants to admit. He is committed to helping others discover their own adventures and challenge themselves, all within their ‘backyard parks’. He is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified Level 2 River Canoe and Kayak instructor, a certified Wilderness First Responder, trained as an American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Wall Instructor and as a United Kingdom Mountain Leader. Tom is currently finishing his Master’s in Environmental Science focusing on Sustainability and Experiential Education. He believes there is no such thing as bad weather.


Jen HilbertJen Hilbert, Outdoor Program Coordinator
Jen has worked as a Great Parks Naturalist and Outdoor Program Coordinator since 2001 and feels lucky to have been able to share her knowledge and passion of the great outdoors with others for the past 15 years. Jen’s certifications include American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 Kayak Instructor, National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Instructor, Wilderness First Aid, Experiential Systems Challenge Course lead facilitator and League Cycling Instructor. Jen’s training includes wilderness survival, ACA canoeing, swift water rescue, environmental interpretation and rock and ice climbing. As an avid backpacker, one of Jen’s proudest accomplishments was working with Appalachian Trail Conservancy Volunteer Crew to build scree walls and rock cairns above the tree line on Mount Washington.


Allison ConeAllison Cone, Instructor
Allison joined Great Parks in the summer of 2010 after completing an internship with Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Over the last decade of working in experiential education, Allison has​ has served as a river guide for the Great Ohio River Paddle, volunteered as an Adventure Team Specialist with the American Youth Foundation and obtained certifications as an American Canoe Association (ACA) kayak instructor, National Archery in School Program (NASP) archery instructor, Experiential Systems Challenge Course lead facilitator and Ohio Environmental Educator. In addition, she holds certifications in Wilderness First Aid, First Aid, AED, CPR and Epinephrine. When not working in the great outdoors, Allison can be found on the ice, playing broomball with Cincinnati Broomball Association.
Contact Us
Interested in a private program or just want to know more about Adventure Outpost? Contact us at adventureoutpostinfo@greatparks.org.

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Adventure Outpost

10245 Winton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231

513-521-2345

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