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


Miami Whitewater Forest Trail Run

Miami Whitewater Forest Trail Run

Sat 2/24, 9 a.m. 

Give trail running a try! Meet up with other runners to start enjoying the trails at a quicker speed. Runners are responsible for their own water and gear. For ages 12 and up. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Miami Whitewater Forest/Timberlakes Trail (Free, register by 2/23)

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Map & Compass Hike​

Map & Compass Hike​

Sat 2/24,  1 p.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. Miami Whitewater Forest/Timberlakes Program Shelter ($15/person, register by 2/22)

Women in the Outdoors: Stoves and Backcountry Cooking

Women in the Outdoors: Stoves and Backcountry Cooking

Sat 3/17, 1:30 p.m.

There is nothing better than a hot meal after a long day of hiking. Explore and test out the many options of backpacking cuisine and cooking gear with one of our experienced female instructors. For ages 12 and up. Winton Woods/Great Oaks Trail ($20/person, register by 3/14)

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Women in the Outdoors:  Advanced Hiking

Women in the Outdoors: Advanced Hiking

Sat 3/31, 10 a.m. 

Hit any trail with knowledge and confidence after spending the morning trekking with one of our experienced female instructors. Together we will prepare for your next great adventure by learning the skills that will power you through a day of hiking. For ages 12 and up.  Shawnee Lookout/Columbia Terrace ($15/person, register by 3/28)

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Compass Course Egg Hunt

Compass Course Egg Hunt

 Sun 3/25,  3:30 p.m.

Egg hunts aren’t just for kids! This year, the bunny made earning treats more of a challenge. After a basic compass lesson, participants will follow coordinates from egg to egg to complete the course. Compasses provided. For adults and ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($9/person, register by 3/21)

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Women in the Outdoors:  Water and Maps

Women in the Outdoors: Water and Maps

Sat 4/14,  1:30 p.m. 

You may be able to survive three days without water, but would you want to? Work with one of our female outdoor instructors to determine how to locate and treat stream and lake water while hiking or backpacking. For ages 12 and up.  Winton Woods/Kingfisher Trail ($15/person, register by 4/11)

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Women in the Outdoors Series: Intro to Backpacking

Women in the Outdoors Series: Intro to Backpacking

Sun 4/8,  1 p.m. 

If you are a woman interested in learning about backpacking, then this program is for you!  Enjoy an indoor presentation that covers 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.  Winton Woods/Winton Centre ($8/ person, register by 4/5)

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Women in the Outdoors:  Wilderness Survival

Women in the Outdoors: Wilderness Survival

Sat 4/21,  Noon 

Join a female Adventure Outpost instructor to discuss priorities and essentials for survival. We will explore some items you can carry with you, skills to help you survive and the importance of improvising to improve your situation. For adults and ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person, register by 4/18)

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Women in the Outdoors Series: Backcountry Hygiene & Health

Women in the Outdoors Series: Backcountry Hygiene & Health

Sat 5/12,  9 a.m. 
 
Do not let the natural, open environment of the outdoors stop you from enjoying a day, or week, in the woods. Join one of our female outdoor instructors for a hike and interactive discussion on female health and hygiene needs in the wilderness. For ages 12 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($15/person, register by 5/9)

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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.​


Bike Maintenance With Montgomery Cyclery

Bike Maintenance With Montgomery Cyclery

Sun 5/6,  11 a.m.

Start National Bike Month right by learning some basic bike maintenance skills. Montgomery Cyclery will share techniques to keep your bike in good riding condition as well as some trailside fix-it tips and tricks to boost your riding confidence. Miami Whitewater Forest/Visitor Center (Free, register by 5/3)

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National Bike Month Group Ride

National Bike Month Group Ride

Sun 5/6, 1 p.m.: 

Celebrate National Bike Month by enjoying a 7.8-mile group ride around the Shaker Trace Trail. Bring your bike, family and friends! For ages 10 and up. Helmets required. Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Trail (Free, register by 5/3)

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Night Bike Ride

Night Bike Ride

Fri 5/25,  8:30 p.m.

Grab your bike and 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 ages 10 and up. Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Trail ($12/person, register by 5/23)

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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 2/25,  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 3/18,  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 increasing accuracy and test their skills with the apple challenge. For ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($17/person, register by 3/15)

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Outdoor Archery

Outdoor Archery

Sat 3/24,   1 - 2:30 p.m.

Sun 4/15,  1 - 2:30 p.m.

Sun 5/27,  10 - 11:30 a.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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Women in the Outdoors Series: Outdoor Archery

Women in the Outdoors Series: Outdoor Archery

Sun 3/25,  Noon- 1:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow from one of our female instructors. Then enjoy the afternoon outdoors by trying out your new skills with a little target practice! All equipment is provided. For ages 8 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($16/person register by 3/22)

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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

Sun 2/25,  9 a.m. Canceled

Sat 3/17,  9:30 a.m.

Sat 4/14,  9:30 a.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 2018 paddling season. For ages 14 and up. Winton Woods/Winton Centre Auditorium ($8/person, register by 3 days in advance)

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Women in the Outdoors Series: Canoe Smart Start

Women in the Outdoors Series: Canoe Smart Start

Sat 5/12, 1:30–3:30 p.m.:
Learn to maneuver a tandem canoe on flat-water. Class is taught by a female American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor and focuses on basic safety practices and paddling techniques. All equipment is provided. Participants must fit properly in provided lifejackets. For ages 10 and up. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($25/person, register by 5/9)

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Women in the Outdoors Series: Kayak Smart Start

Women in the Outdoors Series: Kayak Smart Start

Sat 5/26, 9–11 a.m.: 
Learn to maneuver a solo kayak on flat water. Class is taught by a female American Canoe Association (ACA) certified 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 5/23)

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Kayak Quick Start

Kayak Quick Start

Sat 5/26,  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. Winton Woods/Adventure Outpost ($37/person, register by 5/23)

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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.
Contact Us
Interested in a private program or just want to know more about Adventure Outpost? Contact us at adventureoutpost@greatparks.org.

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Adventure Outpost

10245 Winton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231


Phone: 513-521-2345

Adventure Outpost