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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.


Little Miami River Float (Kayak)

Little Miami River Float (Kayak)

Sat 9/30,  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Quick Start Grads ages 12 through adult are invited to join ACA and Adventure Outpost 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. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes to protect feet on the river, bring plenty of water (no glass bottles) and snacks and/or a lunch that requires no refrigeration.($35/person, advance registration is required)

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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.


Hiking Lightly to Hidden History

Hiking Lightly to Hidden History

Sat 10/21, 11 a.m.

Join us on a strenuous hike to discover some off-the-beaten-trail historical areas in the park while practicing basic orienteering skills and Leave No Trace guidelines. Long pants, rain gear, two water bottles and snacks are recommended. For ages 12 and up. Program duration is approximately 4 hours. Shawnee Lookout/Columbia Terrace Picnic Area ($18/person, register by 10/18)

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Outdoor Climbing Wall

Outdoor Climbing Wall

Sun 9/24, Noon–3 p.m.

Challenge yourself to scale a rock tower and enjoy the view overlooking Winton Lake. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, weigh between 25–250 lbs and properly fit into the climbing harness provided. Climbers under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign their waiver. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost (Free, part of Great Outdoor Weekend)

Map & Compass Hike​

Map & Compass Hike​

Sat 11/18, 10 a.m. 

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. Program duration is approximately 2 hours. Miami Whitewater Forest/Timberlakes Program Shelter ($15/person, register by 11/16)

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Leave No Trace- Putting It To Practice

Leave No Trace- Putting It To Practice

Sat 11/4, 9 a.m.

Join a Leave No Trace instructor to explore ways to leave less of an imprint on the outdoors. We’ll review principles of Leave No Trace, learn some of the skills first-hand and put them into practice on a short hike. For ages 12 and up. Winton Woods/Winton Centre ($15/person, register by 11/2)

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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

Sun 8/20,  1 -2:30 p.m. - Full

Sat 10/28,  10 - 11:30 a.m. & 1 -2:30 p.m

Sun 10/5,  1 - 2:30 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. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes to protect their feet. 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

Sun 11/5,  3 - 4:30 p.m. 

Have you already taken a Great Parks' Outdoor Archery class and want 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 11/1)

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Archery Distance Shooting

Archery Distance Shooting

Sun 11/19, 1–2:30 p.m.

Have you already taken a Great Parks’ outdoor archery class and want to further improve your shot? Then this program is right on target! After quickly reviewing the steps to archery success, archers will aim towards hitting the target from further distances. For adults and children ages 13 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person, register by 11/16)

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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 10/6 @ 7 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 6:45 p.m. Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Trail ($12/person, register by 10/4) 

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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.
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