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 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!

Tuesday, August 20 at 6:00 pm
Cedarock Park - 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd. Burlington | 2-3 miles

Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) Birthday Hike
Saturday, September 7 at 9:00 am

Glencoe Paddle Access - 2348 Glencoe St. Burlington, NC 27217
Celebrate the MST's 42nd birthday by hiking a 2.5-3 mile section of the MST right here in Burlington. Hike from the Glencoe Paddle Access, around the tiny Glencoe Mill Village, along the river and back again. 

Workshop for Educators

Aquatic Wild
Wednesday, August 15 from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Lake Mackintosh Marina - Clubhouse - 2704 Huffman Mill Rd. Burlington, NC 27215
FREE, but registration required and limited to the first 25 registrants. Register now.
Ages: 16 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. 

Join local stormwater staff and CC King - Outreach Education Specialist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for Aquatic Wild Training. If you work with school age students (K-12), the resources you will learn about the aquatic life around us will be invaluable! Aquatic Wild uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD activities and professional training workshops, but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology. All participants of this workshop will receive the Aquatic Wild K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide for use in the Classroom or for student educational activities. Participants receive 6 hours of EE credit that day; an additional 4 hours of EE credit are available with completion of optional homework (total of 10 hours EE credit available). Questions, call Carolyn Buckner at (336)222-5091 or email.

A Mindful Walk in the Woods

Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Free, but registration required.
Ages: 15 and up

Take a mindful walk in the woods! A guide will lead the group on a walking meditation through beautiful trails. The walk will be about 2 miles over rolling, natural surface terrain. Come open you heart, mind and ears to connect with nature as you learn to become present in each moment. 

Wear comfortable, closed-toed walking shoes and bring an easy to carry mat or towel (we will be sitting on the ground at points during the meditation walk). Don't forget a bottle of water and insect repellent! Trekking poles recommended. Due to the meditative nature of this hike, only children 15 and older may participate. Space is limited.


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!

  • More Nature Play Programs coming soon!

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

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