Outdoor Programs for Seniors

Outdoor Programs for Seniors engages adults 55+ in outdoor activities to promote the health benefits of being active in nature.  Burlington Recreation and Parks has teamed up with Alamance County Recreation and Parks to provide experienced guides and a diverse program offering. All participants must have a medical clearance and liability waiver & release completed for the current year before participating. For more outdoor program available to the general public, visit Burlington Recreation and Parks Outdoor Programs.

Upcoming Events


 
To register for an event, call the Kernodle Senior Center at (336) 222-5135. 

On Your Own: Active City Streets
May 5 from 10 am - 2 pm
Free
We will not go as an organized group, but encourage you to check it out! Active City Streets is a special city-wide event, located downtown Burlington and designed to get you moving! There will be stations set up all over the streets: Learn to hula hoop. Play a life size game of fooseball, try Zumba, or bring your grandkids to the kid zone! Be sure to dress to be active! 

Day Trip: Hillsborough Hiking 
May 9 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Fee: $5
Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation will be provided. Hike a total of 3.5 miles along the Riverwalk in Hillsborough and around the Occoneechee Historic Speedway trails. Bring money for lunch at Radius Pizza (http://radiuspizzeria.net/). After lunch, hike the 1-mile Poets Walk. Register and pay by 5/4.  Must have completed at least 3 hikes with the group to be eligible to participate.

Day Trip: Hike the NC Zoo
May 16 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $20 

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation will be provided. Visit the world’s largest natural habitat zoo – the NC Zoo. With over 5 miles of trails and paths, we’ll get our hike in while visiting all the animals. Bring your own sack lunch or money to purchase lunch in the park. Register and pay by 5/9. Must have completed at least 3 hikes with the group to be eligible to participate.

Cookout & S’mores: Guilford Mackintosh Park
May 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm
Fee: $2

Meet at the picnic shelter at Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina – 1345 NC Highway 61, Whitsett. Enjoy a lakeside cookout with hotdogs and hamburgers. Drinks provided. Bring a side or salad to share. Round out the night with make your own s’mores. Bring along a card or board game to share while enjoying an evening on the lake. Register and pay by 5/18. 


Paddling: Lake Brandt - FULL
May 29 from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm 
Fee: $17 

Meet at Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington. Transportation will be provided. Head to Greensboro to paddle Lake Brandt with Ranger Neil! Try kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes and standup paddle boards (which are surprisingly easy)! Basic instruction will be provided. Come dressed to get wet, bring sun protection a change of clothes, water and a sack lunch. Fee includes transportation, guide, boat rental, paddle and PFD. Register and pay by 5/24. 

Hike: Saxapahaw Island Park
June 5 from 9:30-11:30 am
Free

Meet outside the Saxapahaw General Store - 1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd, Saxapahaw. Hike part of the Haw River Trail behind the mill before heading to the new Island Park to explore the trails and checkout the nature play area. Bring money for lunch an optional lunch at the General Store after the hike. Register by 6/1. Optional transportation from Senior Center for $2 – van leaves at 8:55.

Hike: Cedarock Park
June 14 from 9:30-11:30 am
Free

Meet at Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington. Meet in the first parking lot across from the historic farm. Hike 3-4 miles on various trails around the park. Trekking poles recommended. Register by 6/12. Optional transportation from Senior Center for $2 – van leaves at 8:55. 

Hike: Shallow Ford Natural Area
June 28 from 3:00-5:00 pm
Free

Meet at Shallow Ford Natural Area - 1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington. Hike about 3 miles through this 190 acre natural area along the Haw River. Trekking poles recommend. Bring a water bottle. Register by 6/26. 


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Registration required for all programs. Call the Kernodle Senior Center to register: (336) 222-5135