Outdoor Programs

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Join us for a guided outdoor trip, class or program.  Whatever you choose, get out and enjoy it! Check out the calendar of events

Do you have a group that would like a private adventure or custom outdoor program? We can help - contact us!

GET HIKING! SERIES


Get hiking on local trails around Burlington and Alamance County! Expect natural surface trails, rolling terrain with a few steep hills and a moderate pace. Wear comfortable walking shoes (closed-toed) or boots. Bring a water bottle, extra layers and trekking poles (optional). Hikes generally last between 1.5-2 hours. All ages welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Well mannered dogs also welcome. Free, but registration required!

Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 pm
Burlington City Park - 1388 Main St. Burlington | 2 miles (paved/gravel trails)
Register

Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm
Great Bend Park - 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington | 2.5 miles | Celebrate Alamance County Creek Week with this special hike!
Register

Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm
Cedarock Park - 4242 R Dean Coleman Rd. | 3 miles
Register

Tuesday, April 21 at 5:45 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett | 3 miles
Register


NO-FRILLS TRAIL 5K SERIES


\'no 'frilz\ adj. 1. providing only the essentials; not fancy
March 14 - Shamrock Shuffle
(will offer 5k & 10k)

Race at 10:00 am. Registration opens at 9:30 am.
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
$5/person age 16 and up; $2/person age 5-15 (must be accompanied on the trail by an participating adult). Fees collected on race day at registration.

The No-Frills Trail 5K is a series of trail runs (or hikes, walks or whatever speed you'd like). We just want people to get out, move and have a good time! Since this is not a fancy 5k, we’ll only be providing a well-marked 5K course and a clock so you can see your time as you finish. The course is  mostly technical single-track trail - expect lots of roots, rocks and rolling hills. To make it a little more fun, each race will have a theme and you are encouraged to dress accordingly! 

Visit the Facebook Event for each race by clicking on the dates above. Be sure to click "going" if you plan to attend and share it with your friends!


Remember this this is no frills, so...
If you want a t-shirt – wear one!
If you need snacks – bring some!
If you want an award – too bad!


NO-FRILLS TRAIL 5K SERIES


\'no 'frilz\ adj. 1. providing only the essentials; not fancy
Saturdays: January 12, February 9, and March 9.
Registration opens at 10:00 am. Race at 10:30 am 
Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina | 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett
Fee: $5/person age 16 and up; $2/person age 5-15 (must be accompanied by an participating adult). Fees collected on race day at registration.

The No-Frills Trail 5K is a series of trail runs (or hikes, walks or whatever speed you'd like). We just want people to get out, move and have a good time! Since this is not a fancy 5k, we’ll only be providing a well-marked 5K course and a clock so you can see your time as you finish. To make it a little more fun, each race will have a theme and you are encouraged to dress accordingly! 

Let us know you are coming by choosing "going" on the Facebook event page:
January 12 - Harry Potter
February 9 - 80's Throwback
March 9 - Pirates

So...
If you want a t-shirt – wear one!
If you need snacks – bring some!
If you want an award – too bad!

NATURE PLAY


Nature Play programs are geared to get families outdoors in nature, learning, playing and having fun! Some of them include more education and some are purely fun! All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. These programs are free or low cost, but space is limited for all programs and registration is required!

  • Little Alamance Stream Clean-Up


    Saturday, March 28 from 9:00-11:30 am
    FREE. Registration required. Registration coming soon.
    Meeting Location TBA
    For all ages, but any minor must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Come help clean up Little Alamance Creek during Alamance Creek Week. Together we can make a difference! Refreshments and cleanup gear provided. Please wear clothes and close toed shoes that can get dirty and/or wet. Rain Date is March 29th. While open to all ages, recommended children be at least 8 years old.

  • Intro to Archery for Youth


    Dates/Times vary - see below
    Fee: $7/person. Registration required. Register now.
    Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina at the Clubhouse -  2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington
    For ages 9-16. This is a drop-off program. Parents/guardians not required to stay. 

    Youth will be taken through a lesson promoting safety and archery basics encouraging a focus on performing a proper shot: featuring an introduction to archery, safety on the range, using a string bow, and 11 steps of archery success through the NASP curriculum. Archery equipment will be provided. For safety reasons, please leave all personal equipment at home. 

    Thursday, March 26: Homeschool Intro to Archery (w/ Recurve Bow) 
    Ages: 10 – 14 • 1:30 - 4:00 pm Register


    Friday, March 27: Intro to Archery (w/ Recurve Bow) 
    Ages: 9 – 12 • 9:30am – 12:00pm Register
    Ages: 13 – 16 • 1:30pm – 4:00pm Register

    Wednesday, April 15: Intro to Archery (bow style TBD)
    Ages: 9 – 12 • 9:30am – 12:00pm Register
    Ages: 13 – 16 • 1:30pm – 4:00pm
    Register

  • Trick Your Stick & Hike


    April 18 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Fee: $2 per stick. Registration required. Register

    Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina (at picnic shelter) - 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett
    All ages welcome. Minors to be accompanied by adult.

    Trick out your own hiking stick! We'll provide all the fixing for you to decorate and personalize your hiking stick. We'll provide you a stick, but you are welcome to bring your own to decorate. After an hour or so of creating, we'll initiate our sticks by going on a 1-mile nature hike.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, EMAIL OR CALL THE OUTDOOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT (336) 222-5135.

Of all the paths you take, make sure a few of them are dirt.