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Adventure Outpost

Winton Woods

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Adventure Outpost

10245 WINTON ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 45231 | 513-521-2345

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
Class Duration Description Requirements
Friday Night Floats
1.5 Hours
Learn the basics of boats, safety and paddling on calm, flat water before heading out onto the lake at sunset.
- Beginners
- Ages 8+
ACA Quick Starts
3 Hours ACA-based program for flat-water paddling that focusing on basic safety practices, essential gear and maneuverability techniques.
- Beginners
- Ages 12+
Rescue Skills
2 Hours Advance your paddling skills with essential information and in-water rescue practice opportunities.
- Beginners
- Ages 12+
Little Miami River Float
6 Hours Quick Start graduates are invited to join ACA instructors for a day trip down the scenic Little Miami River.
- ACA Quick Start grads
- Ages 12+
Introductory Skills: Little Miami River
6 Hours Join ACA instructors on the Little Miami River practicing skills and learning about river features, hazards and introductory river maneuvers.
- ACA Quick Start & Rescue Skills grads
- Ages 14+
Intermediate Skills: Great Miami River 6 Hours Join ACA instructors for a day on the Great Miami River focusing on advancing introductory river skills to be applied on a Class 1 river.
- Introductory Skills grads
- Ages 14+
On-the-water classes are offered May through September. Start with the basics on Winton Lake and build up to trips on the Little Miami River and the Great Miami River! All equipment is provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the water.


Friday Night Float (Kayak)

Friday Night Float (Kayak)

July 7 & 28,  8 - 9:30 p.m.

August 11, 18 & 25,  7:30 - 9 p.m.

September 15,  6:30 - 8 p.m.

Get a few pointers on kayaking on flat water before heading out onto the lake before sunset. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets and not exceed the 275 lb solo boat capacity. For adults and children ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the water. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($14/person, register by 2 days in advance)

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Quick Start (Kayak)

Quick Start (Kayak)

July 16,  9 a.m. - noon    FULL

July 22,  9 a.m. - noon

August 12 & 19,  9 a.m. - noon

September 2 &  9,  9 a.m. - noon

This introduction to flat-water kayaking focuses on basic safety practices, essential gear and paddling techniques. Class is taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets and not exceed the 275 lb solo boat capacity.  For adults and children ages 12 and up accompanied by an adult on the water. Quick Starts and Rescue Skills are a pre-requisite before attending Great Parks Introductory Skills and Intermediate Skills river trips.  Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($35/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Quick Start (Canoe)

Quick Start (Canoe)

August 5,  9 a.m. - noon

This introduction to flat-water canoeing focuses on basic safety practices, essential gear and paddling techniques. Class is taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets. For adults and children ages 12 and up accompanied by an adult on the water. Quick Starts and Rescue Skills are a pre-requisite before attending Great Parks Introductory Skills and Intermediate Skills river trips.  Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($35/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Rescue Skills (Kayak)

Rescue Skills (Kayak)

July 16 &  22,  1 - 3 p.m.

August 12 & 19,  1 - 3 p.m.

September 2 &  9,  1 - 3 p.m.

Advance your kayaking skills with essential information and in-water rescue practice opportunities. These classes are taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets and not exceed the 275 lb solo boat capacity. For adults and children ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the water. Quick Starts and Rescue Skills are a pre-requisite before attending Great Parks Introductory Skills and Intermediate Skills river trips. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($35/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Rescue Skills (Canoe)

Rescue Skills (Canoe)

August 5,  1 - 3 p.m.

Advance your canoeing skills with essential information and in-water rescue practice opportunities. These classes are taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets. For adults and children ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the water. Quick Starts and Rescue Skills are a pre-requisite before attending Great Parks Introductory Skills and Intermediate Skills river trips. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($35/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Little Miami River Float (Kayak)

Little Miami River Float (Kayak)

July 30,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

August 13 & 27,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

September 10, 16 & 30,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Quick Start Grads ages 12 through adult are invited to join ACA instructors for a day trip down the scenic Little Miami River. Bring a lunch as we will stop and enjoy the sights and sounds of this natural scenic river! Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Provided kayaks have a 275 lbs. maximum boat capacity and accommodate only one person. Life jackets must fit properly and be worn at all times to ensure optimum safety. Participants must be able to get in and out of their boat, assist in hauling boats and maneuver their boat on open water. ($35/person, advance registration is required)

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Introductory Skills: Little Miami River (Kayak)

Introductory Skills: Little Miami River (Kayak)

July 15   Cancelled

July 29,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors on the Little Miami River to practice skills and learn about river features, hazards and introductory river maneuvers. For graduates of a Great Parks’ ACA Quick Start and Rescue Skills kayak class, ages 14 and up. Lake Isabella/Canoe Kayak Launch ($50/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Introductory Skills: Little Miami River (Canoe)

Introductory Skills: Little Miami River (Canoe)

July 22,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Cancelled

August 19,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Cancelled

September 30,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Cancelled

Join American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors on the Little Miami River to practice skills and learn about river features, hazards and introductory river maneuvers. For graduates of a Great Parks’ ACA Quick Start and Rescue Skills canoe class, ages 14 and up. Lake Isabella/Canoe Kayak Launch ($50/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Intermediate Skills: Great Miami River (Kayak)

Intermediate Skills: Great Miami River (Kayak)

August 26,  10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

September 23,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors for a day on the beautiful Great Miami River. This class builds on introductory river skills that participants will apply on a Class 1 river. For graduates of a Great Parks’ Introductory Skills kayak class, ages 14 and up. Heritage Park/Boat Launch ($65/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Intermediate Skills: Great Miami River (Canoe)

Intermediate Skills: Great Miami River (Canoe)

August 12,  10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Cancelled

September 9,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Cancelled

Join American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors for a day on the beautiful Great Miami River. This class builds on introductory river skills that participants will apply on a Class 1 river. For graduates of a Great Parks’ Introductory Skills canoe class, ages 14 and up. Heritage Park in Colerain Township/Boat Launch ($65/person, register by 3 days in advance)

Sold Out
Water Quality and Winton Lake Cleanup

Water Quality and Winton Lake Cleanup

July 7,  7 - 9 p.m.

August 4,   6:30 -8:30 p.m.

September 1,  6 -8 p.m

Great Parks, Ohio River Foundation and Rivers Unlimited are co-hosting a series of programs to supplement the Adventure Outpost paddle programs and promote the quality of the Ohio River watershed. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their paddle skills (balance, strokes, maneuvers, etc.) and learn more about their paddling environment. The program will be accompanied with a lake cleanup. All equipment will be provided. Participants must fit properly in provided life jackets. This program is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Winton Woods/Winton Lake public canoe kayak launch (Free)

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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.


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

August 20,  1 p.m.

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 3 days in advance) 

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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.​


Mini Triathlon
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Spring Mini Triathlon
Saturday, May 27 | 9 a.m.
Winton Woods
Cost is $24/person. Register by May 22.
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


Phone: 513-521-2345

Adventure Outpost