Outdoor Programs

What's Happening Now:

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

For active adults over 55+ check out these outdoor recreation events just for you!

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 hikes around Burlington, Alamance County and beyond! 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, April 13 at 1:00 pm - in celebration of Alamance Creek Week!
Haw River Trail at Stoney Creek Marina - 1785 Faulkner Dr. Burlington | 3 miles
During this hike we'll be picking up litter along the trail to help keep our creeks, rivers and lakes clean in honor of Alamance Creek Week!
Register

Monday, April 29 at 5:45 pm
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina - 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett | 3 miles
Register

Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 pm
Trail TBA

Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 pm

Trail TBA




Trail Run Meet-Up


Have you always wanted to run trails, but don't want to go alone or not sure where to go? Come meet other trail runners and experience a variety of trails right here in Alamance County. These group runs are facilitated by staff from Alamance Parks along with Burlington Recreation & Parks. 

These are "no runner left-behind" runs, but we encourage all participants to have some previous running experience. Offered every Wednesday at 6 pm April - May at various location. Free!

Wednesday, April 3 at 6 pm
SAX Island Park | 3 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, April 10 at 6 pm
Great Bend Park | 3 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, April 17 at 6 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area | 3 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, April 24 at 6 pm
Cedarock Park | 3.5 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 1 at 6 pm
HRT/Longmeadow Trail Head | 3.5 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 8 at 6 pm
HTR/Stoney Creek Marina | 3.5 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 15 at 6 pm
Shallow Ford Natural Area | 3.3 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 22 at 6 pm
HRT/Sellers Falls | 4 miles
Register on the Facebook event.

Wednesday, May 29 at 6 pm
Cedarock Park | 3 miles
Register on the Facebook event.



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!
  • Beaver Adaptations

    - in celebration of Alamance Creek Week!
    Saturday, April 13 at 10:00-11:30 am
    Free, but registration
     required. Register now!
    Burlington City Park at the Jaycee indoor shelter (1519 Overbrook Rd. Burlington)
    All ages welcome, but most appropriate for grades 1-6. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

    Learn all about the beaver - specifically all about their amazing adaptations that help them survive and thrive in their habitat. We'll also go on a short hike to look for evidence of beavers in the park. Plan on walking about a 1/2 mile so wear comfortable shoes and bring water. 

Archery 


Basic Archery Instruction for Youth

See dates below
Fee: $5 per participant, all equipment will be provided. 

Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina at the Clubhouse - 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington
Ages: 9-16

Youth will go through a lesson promoting safety and archery basics encouraging a focus on performing a proper shot and the 11 steps of archery success through the NASP curriculum (http://naspschools.org/). 
Space is limited; all participants must pre-register and complete a registration form with liability waiver the day of the program.  Archery equipment will be provided so leave all personal archery equipment at home. Participants may bring a water bottle with their name on it and a healthy nut-free snack and wear  comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, and secure hair out of the face. Register online by clicking the links below or call (336) 229-3150 for more information.


Upcoming

Basic Archery Instruction for youth

Sessions: (please only sign up for one session) 
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Compound Bow Session
    Ages: 9 – 12 • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Register
    Ages: 13 – 16 • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Register

Archery Practice Session


Thursday, April 25, 2019 • 9:00 am  - 12:00 pm
Fee: $5 per participant, all equipment will be provided.
Register
Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina at the Clubhouse • 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington
Ages: 9 - 16 (Prerequisite: completion of “Basic Archery Instruction for Youth” with Burlington Recreation & Parks)

For youth who have already completed “Basic Archery Instruction for Youth” with Burlington Recreation & Parks, and want more! We welcome you back to the range for more hands-on archery time. Participants will review standard safety and range procedures then spend the majority of the time shooting and trying out fun archery games. Space is limited; all participants must pre-register and complete a registration form with liability waiver the day of the program. Archery equipment will be provided so please leave all personal archery equipment at home.  Participants may bring a water bottle with their name on it and a healthy nut-free snack.  Wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, and secure hair out of the face. Register now or call (336) 229-3150 for more information.

For more information on any of these programs, email or call the Outdoor Program Coordinator at (336) 222-5135.

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