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. 

Fleet Feet Fitness Walkers
Thursdays from 10 – 11 am
January 10, 17, 24, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center- 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington NC 27215. Fleet Feet Fitness Walkers is a group that meets to walk for 45-60 minutes around City Park at a moderately brisk pace. The walk takes place on paved surfaces and are weather permitting. Register by the Wednesday prior to each walk.

Hike: SAX Island
January 8, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Free (+ money for option lunch)

Meet at the Saxapahaw Island Park – 5550 Church Rd. Graham. Restrooms are not available at the trail head, but there is a gas station/restaurant just down the road. The hike will be about 3 miles on the island. Trekking poles recommended. Optional lunch at the General Store in Saxapahaw after the hike. Optional transportation from Senior Center for $2 – van leaves 10:20am and will be staying for lunch. Register by 1/4.

Movie: Maidentrip
January 16, 1-3 pm

Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center, Room A & B. Enjoy adventure film – Maidentrip. In Maidentrip, 14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. All are welcome to attend the movie.

Thai Chi
January 22, 11 am – 12 pm

Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center – Fit Room 1. Learn more about the gentle flowing movements that can strengthen the body and mind and improve your health and hiking! Register by 1/18.

Walk: Springwood Park
January 28, 1-2:30 pm

Meet at Springwood Park - 1450 Springwood Church Rd. Burlington, NC 27215 – meet near the playground past the soccer fields. Get your steps in on some of the newest greenway in the City. Walk 1 lap around the park for a total of around 2 miles. The trail is wide with paved and gravel sections. Register by 1/25.

Tails of Trips & Travel
February 5, 1-3 pm

Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center, Resource Room. Listen to members of the group share stories and pictures from their travel near and far! Would you like to share about an adventure you’ve been on? Contact Melissa at 336-222-5135 or mhoose@burlingtonnc.gov for more details. Register by 2/4.

Hike: Guilford Mackintosh Park
February 11, 1-3 pm

Meet at Guilford Mackintosh Marina – 1345 NC HWY 61 Whitsett. Park at the end of the road in the circular parking area and meet at the trail head. Hike is 3 miles on natural surface, rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Trekking poles recommended. Bring a water bottle. Register by 2/8.

Flexibility and Core Work for Hikers
February 19, 11 am – 12 pm

Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center, Fit Room 1. Learn some essential exercises to build your core strength and improve flexibility for hiking. Session will be led by Becky Sickle, a fitness instructor at Kernodle. Register by 2/15.

Hike: Parks and Preserves
February 26 from 9:00 am – 5 pm
Fee: $10 + money for lunch

Meet at the Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington NC 27215. Transportation provided. First stop is Mayo River State Park for a 2 mile hike. Then travel to Madison for lunch at San Marcos (www.sanmarcosrestaurant.com). The last stop will be the Knight Brown Preserve for a 3 mile hike. Must have participated in at least 3 hikes since November 1 to be eligible to participate. Register and pay by 2/22.

Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to any event to receive a full refund. 

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