Winton Woods

Adventure Outpost

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.  


10248 McKelvey Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231

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Phone: 513-521-2345

Upcoming Events

  • COVID-19 Prevention

    At Great Parks of Hamilton County, the health and safety of our employees and guests are our highest priority. We continue to take precautionary steps and make service adjustments in response to the latest information available from the Ohio Department of Health.

  • Biking & Fitness

    Join us April through October for group bike trips, fitness programs and trail runs around Great Parks. Keep an eye out throughout the year for mountain bike demo days at Mitchell Memorial Forest.

  • Outdoor Archery

    Outdoor archery classes are offered in spring, March through May, and in fall, September through November. During the outdoor archery season, try a compound or recurve bow in the beginner class, or sign up for the whole series to hone in your archery skills. All equipment is provided. For ages 10 and up; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Outdoor Skills

    From reading a map to traveling off trail, hanging a bear bag to practicing Leave No Trace principles, you can build your skill set for creating your own outdoor adventures. Classes run winter, spring and fall.

  • Paddling Opportunities

    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. 

  • Team Building

    Set your team up for success with a full or half day of team building at Winton Woods. Adventure Outpost facilitators will lead your group through a package of group challenges designed to help your team become strong, agile and efficient.

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  • Meet the Staff

    Tom Buckley

    Tom 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 Hilbert

    Jen Hilbert, Coordinator

    Jen began her career with Great Parks in 2001 as a Nature Interpreter, 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. 

    Jen has achieved several certifications and training, including American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 River Kayak instructor; ACA Level 2 River Canoe instructor; USA Archery Level 2 instructor trainer; National Archery in the School Program (NASP) instructor; Experiential Systems Challenge Course lead facilitator; League Cycling instructor; Leave No Trace trainer; Wilderness First Aid, Basic First Aid CPR, AED; and Epinephrine certified. 

    In her free time, Jen enjoys adventures such as backpacking, anything on the water and even ice climbing. One of Jen’s proudest accomplishments was working with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Volunteer Crew to build scree walls and rock cairns above the tree line on Mount Washington.

    Allison Cone

    Allison 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 American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 River Canoe and Level 2 River Kayak instructor, USA Archery Level I instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Challenge Course Manager , Leave No Trace (LNT) trainer and Environmental Education Council of Ohio (ECCO) Environmental Educator. In addition, she obtained certifications in Wilderness First Aid, Basic First Aid, AED, CPR and Epinephrine and is trained as an (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.

  • Naturally Fit

    Join a MovNat-certified trainer from the comfort of your own backyard (or home) for an outdoor workout series, using all that nature has to offer. An international physical training program, MovNat uses the body's natural movements while using nature as a workout space. Over the course of six weeks, you set your own pace while learning how to move efficiently and naturally in the great outdoors.

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  • Women in the Outdoors Series

    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. Classes run spring through fall. 


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