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Adventure Outpost

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.



ACA Level 1 Kayaking

Sat 7/2  &  Sat 7/30  @  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

ACA Level 1 Kayaking
Immerse yourself in a full day of paddling skills to get the most out of your kayak on flat water. Class is taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 14 and up. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($65/person, register by 2 days in advance)

 

Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person.  Flotation devices must fit properly and be worn at all times to ensure optimum safety.

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ACA Level 2 Kayaking

Sat 7/16  &  Sat 8/27  @  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

ACA Level 2 Kayaking

 Join an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor to improve your lake and river kayaking skills with this class focused on advanced rescues. All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 14 and up who have taken ACA Level 1 Kayaking. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($65/person, register by 7/13 & 8/24)

 

Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person.  Flotation devices must fit properly and be worn at all times to ensure optimum safety.

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Birding by Boat

Sun 8/14  @  9:30 a.m. - noon
Birding by Boat
Explore the lake with a Great Parks’ naturalist and kayak instructor! We’ll quickly review paddle strokes and safety techniques before paddling to some great bird watching locations. All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 14 and up. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Miami Whitewater Forest/Boathouse ($30/person, register by 8/11)

 

Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person.  Flotation devices must fit properly and be worn at all times to ensure optimum safety.  Bring your binoculars if you have some!

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Evening Kayak Float

Wed 8/10  &  Tue 8/16 @  7 - 8:30 p.m.

Evening Kayak Float
Enjoy a summer evening on the lake! Get some pointers on kayaking on flat water and then head out to enjoy Winton Lake as the sun sets. All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($14/person, register by 8/8 & 8/14)

Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person.  Flotation devices must fit properly and be worn at all times to ensure optimum safety.

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Friday Night Float: Kayak Basics

Summer Dates:     6/10 & 7/1 @ 8- 9:30 p.m. 7/29 & 8/19 @ 7:30- 9 p.m.

 Enjoy a relaxing kayak outing on a summer evening. Get some pointers on kayaking on flat water and then head out to enjoy Winton Lake as the sun sets. For adults and children ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($14/person, register by 2 days in advance)

Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person.  Flotation devices must fit properly and be worn at all times to ensure optimum safety.

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Kayak Quick Start

June:  Sat 6/4,   6/11  &   6/25  @  1- 4 p.m.

July:  Sat 7/9,   Sun 7/10  &  Sat 7/23  @  1 - 4 p.m.

August:  Sat 8/20 @ 1 - 4 p.m.

ACA Kayak Quick Start

Advance your kayaking skills with paddle and gear information, practice opportunities and in-water rescues. At the end, you’ll be ready to join our 6/18, 7/17 & 8/13 Little Miami River trips! All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($35/person, register by 2 days in advance)

Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person.  Flotation devices must fit properly and be worn at all times to ensure optimum safety.

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Kayak River Trip

Kayak River Trips:

Sat 6/18,  Sun 7/17  &  Sat 8/13 @ 11 a.m.

ACA Kayak Quick Start grads ages 14 and up are invited to a 7.1-mile trip down the scenic Little Miami River from Lake Isabella to Jim Terrell Park in Milford. Bring a lunch as we will stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of this natural scenic river! Lake Isabella/Canoe Kayak Launch ($35/person, register by 6/15, 7/14 and 8/10)

Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person.  Flotation devices must fit properly and be worn at all times to ensure optimum safety.  Transportation back to Lake Isabella will be provided.  Participants must be able to get in and out of their boat, assist in hauling boats and maneuver their boat on open water.  Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

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Kayak Smart Start

Spring:  Sun 5/15, 1–2:30 p.m. & 3:30–5 p.m.;    Sat 5/21, 3–4:30 p.m.;    Sun 5/22, 2–3:30 p.m. 

Summer:  Sat 6/11, 10-11:30 a.m.   &   Fri 6/24, 7-8:30 p.m. 

ACA Kayak Smart Start

This short introduction to flat water kayaking focuses on basic safety practices and paddling techniques. Class is taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. All equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($18/person, register by 2 days in advance)

Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person.  Flotation devices must fit properly and worn at all times to ensure optimum safety.

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


Adventure Hike Series: Travel Techniques and Clothing Systems

Join Adventure Outpost staff for a half-day of hiking in one of your Great Parks! Learn about backcountry travel techniques and how to dress smart for the wild. We’ll meet at the Triple Creek parking lot and then carpool together to Richardson Forest Preserve. For ages 14 and up. ($15/person, register by 5/4) Cancelled

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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.​


Archery Games

If you have taken our Outdoor Archery program and want to learn some fun games to improve your shot, then this program is right on target! An archery instructor will quickly review the steps to archery success and then archers will play skill games aimed at accuracy. For adults and children ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person)

Pre-registration is required three days prior to the program.  An adult must be present with registered children for the duration of the program.

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Outdoor Archery

Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow on our outdoor range, then try out your skills with a little target practice! Program is led by an archery instructor, and all equipment is provided. For adults and children ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person)

Registration required. Deadline two days prior to program date.  An adult must be present with registered children for the duration of the program.

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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.​


Birding By Bike

Sunday 4/24 @ 9 a.m.;    Sunday 5/22 @ 9 a.m.

Do you enjoy bird watching? What about bike riding? Don’t miss this guided ride along the Shaker Trace Outer Loop trail with a Great Parks naturalist and Adventure Outpost instructor. After a quick review of group signaling and trail etiquette, we’ll pedal to some great bird watching locations along the paved trail. Helmets required. Bring binoculars if you have some!  Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Trail ($12/person)

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Night Bike Ride: Miami Whitewater Forest

Sat 5/21 & Fri 6/17 @ 8:30 p.m  and  Fri 8/12  @ 8 p.m.

Grab your bike and get outside to experience the park “after hours” on an evening ride! Enjoy a 7.8-mile pedal around Shaker Trace Trail while the sun sets and the nearly full moon takes over. Need more? Bike the loop again for a total of 15.6 miles! Front/back lights required. Helmets required. Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Trail ($6/person).

Registration required. Deadline two days prior to program date.

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Night Bike Ride: Winton Woods

Fri 7/15 @ 8:30 pm 

Grab your bike and get outside to experience the park “after hours” on an evening ride! Enjoy a pedal around Winton Woods Lake while the sunsets and nighttime takes over. Front/back lights and helmet required. Winton Woods/Boathouse ($6/person)

Registration is required two days prior to the event date.

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Mini Triathlon
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Discover your inner tri-athlete! Start a new tradition and challenge yourself, family and friends to our semi-annual mini-triathlon! We will walk/run (~1.7 miles), bike (~3.4 miles) and paddle (~1 mile) our way to a celebration that awaits the tri-athletes at the finish line. Try it solo or form a team of up to three. Canoes, kayaks and paddle equipment are all provided.

Spring Mini Triathlon
Sunday, May 29 | 10 a.m.
Winton Woods
Cost is $24/person. Register by May 18.

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Fall Mini Triathlon
Sunday, September 4 | 10 a.m.
Winton Woods
Cost is $24/person. Registration opens August 1.
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 be able to share her knowledge and passion of the great outdoors with others. 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, league cycling instructor 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. Allison has over the last decade of working in experiential education, Allison 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 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
Adventure Outpost