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Adventure Outpost

Winton Woods

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Adventure Outpost

10248 MCKELVEY 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.
Adventure Outpost Group Camp
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10248 McKelvey Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

513-521-2345

For a place to bring your group together, visit Adventure Outpost Campground at Winton Woods. The campground is located within walking distance of a disc golf course and fitness trail and is a five-minute drive to Winton Woods harbor. It consists of four rustic cabins that can accommodate up to 32 people. Sharing space with the Adventure Outpost facility, the area is often bustling with public classes for kayaking, archery, wilderness skills and more.

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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.


Intro to Backpacking

Intro to Backpacking

Sat 9/1, 9–11 a.m.

Get ready to spend the night in the wilderness. Our outdoor instructor will cover everything from basic pre-trip preparation to on-the-trail tips and essentials to help make your time in the great outdoors enjoyable and safe. For ages 12 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($8/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.​


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 9/2, 1-2:30 p.m.
Sun 9/16, 9-10:30 a.m.
Sun 9/23, 9-10:30 a.m.
Sun 10/14, 1-2:30 p.m.
Sat 10/20, 1-2:30 p.m.
Sat 11/10, 1-2:30 p.m.
Sun 11/11, 1-2:30 p.m.
Sun 11/18, 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. For ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($16/person, register by 3 days in advance)

 

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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 Smart Starts
2 hours Learn to maneuver a solo kayak on flat water. Class is taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor and focuses on basic safety practices and paddling techniques.
- Beginners
- Ages 10+
ACA Quick Starts
3 hours Learn to kayak on flat water from an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor. This class is designed for beginners with a focus on safety and rescue, gear and paddling techniques.​
- Beginners
- Ages 12+
Little Miami River Trip
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 grads
- Ages 14+
Great Miami River Trip 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.
- ACA Quick Start 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

Friday Night Float

Fri 6/8, 7–8:30 p.m.  - FULL
Fri 6/29, 7:30–9 p.m. - FULL
Fri 7/20, 7:30-9 p.m. - Canceled
Fri 7/27, 7:30–9 p.m.  - FULL
Fri 8/10, 7:30-9 p.m.
Fri 8/31, 7–8:30 p.m. - FULL
Fri 9/7, 7-8:30 p.m. - FULL
Fri 9/28, 6:30-8 p.m. - FULL

 

Get some pointers on kayaking on flat water and then head out to enjoy Winton Lake. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided lifejackets and not exceed 275lb kayak capacity. For ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the water. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Leaving No Trace: Winton Lake Cleanup

Leaving No Trace: Winton Lake Cleanup

Fri 5/4, 6-8:30 p.m.
Fri 6/1, 6-8:30 p.m.
Fri 7/6, 6-8:30 p.m. - FULL
Fri 8/3, 6-8:30 p.m.  - FULL

 

Great Parks and Rivers Unlimited are co-hosting a series of programs to clean up our paddling environment and to promote the Leave No Trace mission to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their paddle skills (balance, strokes, maneuvers, etc.) and learn how to enjoy their paddling environment safely and responsibly. The program will be accompanied with a lake cleanup.

The programs will take place at Winton Woods. 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 (Free)

 

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Kayak Smart Start

Kayak Smart Start

Sat 6/2, 9–11 a.m. - FULL
Sun 7/1, 9–11 a.m.
Sat 7/7, 9–11 a.m. - FULL
Sun 7/15, 9–11 a.m. - FULL
Sat 8/18, 9–11 a.m. - Canceled
Sun 9/9, 9–11 a.m.

 Learn to maneuver a solo kayak on flat water. Class is taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor and focuses on basic safety practices and paddling techniques. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided lifejackets and not exceed 275 lb kayak capacity. For ages 10 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($25/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Kayak Quick Start

Kayak Quick Start

Sat 5/26, 1–4 p.m. - FULL
Sat 6/2, 1-4 p.m. 
Sat 6/23, 1-4 p.m. - FULL
Sat 6/30, 1–4 p.m. - FULL
Sun 7/1, 1-4 p.m. 
Sat 7/7, 1-4 p.m. - FULL
Sun 7/15, 1-4 p.m. - FULL
Sat 7/28, 1-4 p.m. 
Sun 7/29, 1–4 p.m. - FULL
Sat 8/4, 1-4 p.m.
Sat 8/18, 1-4 p.m. - Canceled 
Sun 8/26, 1–4 p.m. - FULL
Sat 9/1, 1-4 p.m. - FULL
Sun 9/9, 1-4 p.m. - FULL
Sun 9/23, 1-4 p.m.

 

Learn to kayak on flat water from an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor. This class is designed for beginners with a focus on basic safety, gear and paddling techniques. All equipment provided. Participants must fit properly in provided lifejackets and not exceed 275 lb kayak capacity. For ages 12 and up. This class is required for river trips. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($37/person, register by 3 days in advance).

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Birding by Boat

Birding by Boat

Sun 8/26, 9–11:30 a.m.

Explore the lake with a Great Parks’ nature interpreter 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 ages 12 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person, register by 8/23)

 

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Little Miami River (Kayaking)

Little Miami River (Kayaking)

Sat 6/16, 10 a.m.
Sat 7/21, 10 a.m. - Canceled
Sun 8/12, 10 a.m. - FULL
Sat 9/15, 10 a.m. - FULL

 

Quick Start class graduates are invited to join an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor for a day of paddling while practicing kayaking skills on the scenic Little Miami River. This class will cover river features, hazards and introductory river maneuvers. For ages 14 and up. Lake Isabella/Canoe & Kayak Launch ($40/person, register by 3 days in advance).

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Great Miami River Trip (Kayaking)

Great Miami River Trip (Kayaking)

Sat 8/25, 10 a.m. 
Sat 9/22, 10 a.m.

 

Quick Start class graduates are invited to join American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors for a day of intermediate river skills on the beautiful Great Miami River. This class builds on introductory river skills and applies them on a Class 1 river. Previous river experience recommended. For ages 14 and up. Heritage Park/Boat Launch ($50/person, register by 3 days in advance).

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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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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 3 River Canoe and Level 2 River Kayak instructor, a certified Wilderness First Responder, trained as an American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Wall Instructor and United Kingdom Mountain Leader, and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. 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, Coordinator
Jen began her career with Great Parks in 2001 as a Naturalist and is currently an Adventure Outpost Coordinator. She feels lucky to have been able to share her knowledge and passion of the great outdoors with others over the past 17 years. Jen has achieved certifications including American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 River Kayak Instructor, ACA Canoe Instructor, National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Instructor, Wilderness First Aid, Experiential Systems Challenge Course lead facilitator, League Cycling Instructor, First Aid, CPR, AED and Epinephrine. Jen’s training includes wilderness survival, swift water rescue, kayak touring, environmental interpretation, wildlife management 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, Coordinator
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton and interning for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Allison joined Great Parks in 2010. During her career in experiential education, Allison has served as a river guide for the Great Ohio River Paddle, volunteered as an Adventure Team Specialist and Class Mentor with the American Youth Foundation and coordinated Ohio River Foundation’s River Explorer program. She holds certifications as an ACA Level 2 River Canoe and Level 2 River Kayak instructor, National Archery in School Program (NASP) instructor, Experiential Systems (ESI) Challenge Course lead facilitator and Environmental Education Council of Ohio (ECCO) Environmental Educator. In addition, she obtained certifications in Wilderness First Aid, First Aid, AED, CPR and Epinephrine and is trained as an Associate for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) In-House Inspector. When not working in the great outdoors, Allison can be found on the ice, playing broomball with the Cincinnati Broomball Association.
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Interested in a private program or just want to know more about Adventure Outpost? Contact us at adventureoutpost@greatparks.org.
Women in the Outdoors Series
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Venture into the outdoors to cultivate your skills, discover new friends, and begin your next great adventure. Join our female guides on the trail, in the woods and on the water as we build confidence and community together.

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Adventure Outpost

10245 Winton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231


Phone: 513-521-2345

Adventure Outpost