Outdoor Programs

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 Senior Adult outdoor recreation, check out these events.
Do you have a group that would like a private adventure or custom outdoor program? We can help - contact us!
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No-Frills Trail 5K

\'no 'frilz\ adj. 1. providing only the essentials; not fancy
Saturday, February 24
(February 10th date cancelled due to rain.)
Registration 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 6-15 (must be accompanied by an participating adult). Fee 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. Let us know you are coming by choosing "Going" on the Facebook event page.

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


Don't let the cold keep you in! Grab a friend and get out for a walkabout in the woods! These guided hikes are about 3 miles on natural surface trail over rolling terrain with a few steep hills. Wear comfortable walking shoes or boots. Bring a water bottle and an extra layer. Trekking poles recommended. All ages are welcome - but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs welcome. The hikes are FREE, but registration required!

Saturday, February 24 from 2:30-4:00 pm
Haw River Trail - Longmeadow Access
1120 Valley Dr. Graham
Please carpool if possible. Parking area is limited.

Saturday, March 10 from 2:30-4:00 pm
Town and Country Park
2999 Regent Park Ln. Burlington

Alamance Creek Week

Creek Week is all about bringing residents together to better understand and appreciate their local watersheds! All events will help you learn more about our watershed and how our decisions and actions impact our local waters. Check out the Alamance Creek Week website for more information and activities! For most events, all ages are welcome - but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 


Saturday, March 17 at 1:30-5:30 pm

Free family fishing sponsored by NC Wildlife Commission. BYO pole or borrow one. Bait provided.
Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina
1345 NC 61, Whitsett 
Get more info here.


Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30-7:00 pm

Free guided, 2-mile hike on the Haw River Trail. 
Glencoe Paddle Access.
2348 Glencoe St. Burlington
Register (Registration required)


Saturday, March 24 at 2:30-4:00 pm
Free, family-friendly hike with special guest Eric O'Neill a Reptile & Amphibian Biologist. Hike 0.75 mile Basin Creek Trail and spend some time learning about and looking for frogs and salamanders in the creek. Wear comfortable walking or waterproof shoes/boots. 
Shallow Ford Natural Area
1955 Gerringer Mill Rd. Burlington

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, but space is limited for all programs and registration is required!


Saturday, March 10th from 10:00-11:30 am
Kernodle Senior Center - 1535 S. Mebane St. Burlington
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. After an introduction to geocaching and the GPS device, we'll head outside and geocache around City Park. Plan on walking 2+ miles. Families and individuals welcome, but recommended for ages 8+. 

Fort Building!

Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-11:00 am
Splash Park Parking Lot - 1402 Overbrook Rd. Burlington
Wanna play outside? Wanna build a fort? Bring your creativity and build a fort out of bamboo, sheets and rope. This simple and fun activity will get you and your family active outside having fun!  


Participants will be taken through a lesson promoting safety and archery basics. Program features an introduction to archery, safety on the range, using a string bow, and 11 steps of archery success through the NASP curriculum. 

Archery programs are FREE, but pre-registration is required! Space is limited; all participants must complete a registration form with liability waiver the day of the program. Archery equipment will be provided.  For more information, please call (336) 229-3150. 

Basic Archery for Youth - Compound Bow

Lake Mackintosh at the Clubhouse 
2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington

Classes for ages 9-12:
  • Tuesday, April 3 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 4 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    (Choose only one date please.)
Class for ages 13-16:
  • Wednesday, April 4 from 1:30 - 4:30  pm

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