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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.


Canoe and Kayak Jumpstart

Canoe and Kayak Jumpstart

Sat 4/1, 1-2:30 p.m.: 

Are you prepared to enjoy the open waters while canoeing or kayaking? Well, prior planning does prevent poor paddling. Visit Great Parks and work with a certified American Canoe Association instructor as you plan your 2017 paddling season. For adults and children ages 14 and up. Winton Woods/Winton Centre ($8/person, register by 2 days in advance)

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Kayak Quick Start

Kayak Quick Start

May 20 & 21,  1 - 4 p.m.

June 23,  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

July 2 & 16,  9 a.m. - noon

September 2,  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 lifejackets 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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Canoe Quick Start

Canoe Quick Start

May 20  &  21,  9 a.m. - noon

July 8,  9 a.m. - noon

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 lifejackets. 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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Kayak Rescue Skills

Kayak Rescue Skills

June 4 & 10,  1 - 3 p.m.

July 2 & 16,  1 - 3 p.m.

September 2,  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 lifejackets 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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Canoe Rescue Skills

Canoe Rescue Skills

June 4 & 10,  10 a.m. -noon

July 8,  1 - 3 p.m.

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


Backpacking Basics: Packing & Setup

Backpacking Basics: Packing & Setup

Saturday, April 8 @ 1 p.m.: 

Are you interested in learning more about backpacking? Join us for an outdoor presentation that will cover how to pack your pack, pick a camp site and set up your site. These tips will help make your time in the great outdoors enjoyable and safe! For adults and children ages 12 and up accompanied by an adult.  Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($12/person, register by 4/5)

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Trail Tips Hike

Trail Tips Hike

Sunday April 23 @ 1 p.m.: 

When spring weather arrives, hikers become eager to get outside. Join us on a 1.1-mile moderate hike along Kingfisher nature trail as we discuss some hiking tips and enjoy the great outdoors. Winton Woods/Kingfisher Trail (Free, register by 4/21) 

 

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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

Feb 18  &  26,  1 - 2:30 p.m.

March 4  &  18,  1 - 2:30 p.m.

April  9,  1 p.m.

April  15,  10 a.m.

May 13,  10 a.m.  &  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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Archery Accuracy & Apple Challenge

Archery Accuracy & Apple Challenge

3/12  &  4/15, 1 - 2:30 p.m. 

Have you already taken a Great Parks' Outdoor Archery class and want to continue to further improve your shot? Then this program is right on target! After quickly reviewing the steps to archery success, archers will aim towards increasing accuracy and test their skills with the apple challenge. For adults and children ages 8 and up. An adult must be present for the duration of the program. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($16/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.​


Night Bike Ride: Miami Whitewater Forest

Night Bike Ride: Miami Whitewater Forest

Fri 4/7 @ 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 the Shaker Trace Trail while the sun sets and nighttime takes over. Need more? Bike the loop again for a total of 15.6 miles! Front/back lights and helmets required.  For adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult. Check-in is at 7:45 p.m. Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Trail ($12/person, register by 4/4) 

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Birding By Bike

Birding By Bike

Sun 5/7, 9:30 a.m.

Do you enjoy bird watching? And bike riding? Don’t miss this guided ride along the Shaker Trace Outer Loop trail with a Great Parks’ naturalist and Adventure Outpost instructor. We’ll pedal to some great bird watching locations, stop for a bit and observe our winged neighbors. Helmets required. For adults and ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult.  Bring along some binoculars if you have them!  Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Trail ($12/person, register by 5/4)

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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.
Mini Triathlon - Single Kayak

Mini Triathlon - Single Kayak

Discover your inner tri-athelete!  Start a new tradition and challenge yourself, family and friends to Great Parks' mini triathlon! We will walk/run approximately (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 in a kayak or form a team of up to three in a canoe! Canoe, kayaks and paddle equipment are all provided. Participants are responsible for providing bicycles and helmets.  Pre-registration is required. Participants under 18 will need a signed parent waiver and participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Minimum age is 8 years old for canoes and 10 years old for kayaks with a participating adult. Space is limited! Winton Woods/Harbor ($24/person, register by 5/22)

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Mini Triathlon - Canoe

Mini Triathlon - Canoe

Discover your inner tri-athelete!  Start a new tradition and challenge yourself, family and friends to Great Parks' mini triathlon! We will walk/run approximately (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 in a kayak or form a team of up to three in a canoe! Canoe, kayaks and paddle equipment are all provided. Participants are responsible for providing bicycles and helmets.  Pre-registration is required. Participants under 18 will need a signed parent waiver and participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Minimum age is 8 years old for canoes and 10 years old for kayaks with a participating adult. Space is limited! Winton Woods/Harbor ($24/person, register by 5/22)

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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