|2/20||Day Hike/Backpacking||Centennial||11a - 2p||$10/$25|
|2/22||Backcountry Cooking Clinic||YRCC Pavillion||6 - 8p||$5/$20|
|2/27 - 2/28||Backpacking Trip||Kessler||2p - 11a||$25/$100|
|3/6||Day Hike/Backpacking||Kessler||9am - 12p||$10/$25|
|3/6||Mountain Biking||Lake Fayetteville||2 - 5p||$20|
|3/15||Backcountry Cooking||YRCC Pavillion||6 - 8p||$5/$20|
|3/16||Day Hike/Backpacking & S'mores||Centennial||6 - 8p||$10/$40|
|3/19 - 3/20||Backpacking Trip||Kessler||6p - 11a||$25/$100|
|4/6||Sunset Paddle||Lake Wilson||6p - 8p||$10/$25|
|4/10 - 4/11||Paddle/Camp/Hike||Buffalo River||9a - 6p||$50/$200|
|4/20||Sunset Paddle||Lake Fayetteville||6 - 8p||$10/$25|
|4/22||Mountain Biking||Lake Fayetteville||6 - 8p||$20|
|4/30 - 5/1||Daddy-Daughter Campout||Lake Wedington||6p - 11a||$25/$75|
|5/10||Mountain Biking||Gregory Park||6 - 8p||$20|
|6/2||Evening Paddle||Lake Fayetteville||6p - 8p||$10/$25|
|6/5||Family Float||Illinois River||11a - 6p||$20/$75|
|6/7||Mountain Biking||Gregory Park||6 - 8p||$20|
|6/9||Kayak Polo||Wilson Park Pool||6 - 8p||$10|
|6/14||Mountain Biking||Kessler||6 - 8p||$20|
|6/16||Kayak Polo||Wilson Pool||6 - 8p||$10|
|6/19 - 6/20||Father-Son Fish/Float/Camp||Kings River||9a - 2p||$25/$75|
|7/7||Kayak Polo||Wilson Pool||6 - 8p||$10|
|7/12||Kayak Polo||Wilson Pool||6 - 8p||$10|
|7/26||Kayak Polo||Wilson Pool||6 - 8p||$10|
|8/11||Kayak Polo||Wilson Pool||6 - 8p||$10|
|8/19||Archery||Lake Fayetteville||6 - 8p||$10/$25|
|8/23||Mountain Biking||Centennial||6 - 8p||$20|
|8/26||Archery||Lake Fayetteville||6 - 8p||$10|
|9/9||Day Hike/Backpacking||Centennial||6 - 8p||$10/$25|
|9/14||Day Hike/Backpacking||Kessler||6 - 8p||$10/$25|
|9/16||Sunset Paddle||Lake Fayetteville||6 - 8p||$10/$25|
|9/21||Sunset Paddle||Lake Fayetteville||6 - 8p||$10/$25|
|9/25 - 9/26||Fall Float/Camp/Hike||Buffalo River||9a - 6p||$50/$200|
|9/28||Day Hike & S'mores||Mount Sequoyah||6 - 7:30p||$10/$40|
|10/4||Backcountry Cooking||YRCC Pavillion||6 - 8p||$5/$20|
|10/6||Mountain Biking||Lake Fayetteville||5:30 - 7:30p||$10/$25|
|10/8 - 10/9||Family Camping/Hiking||Lake Wedington||6p - 11a||$25/$100|
|10/12||Sunset Paddle||Lake Fayetteville||5:30 - 7p||$10/$25|
|10/25||Mountain Biking||Gregory Park||5:30 - 7p||$20|
|11/4||Backcountry Cooking||YRCC Pavillion||6 - 8p||$5/$20|
|11/6 - 11/7||Backpacking Trip||Kessler||2p - 11a||$25/$100|
|11/20||Day Hike/Backpacking||Kessler||9a - 12p||$10/$25|
|11/20||Mountain Biking||Kessler||2 - 5p||$20|
|12/4 - 12/5||Backpacking Trip||Kessler||2p - 11a||$25/$100|
Outdoor Fayetteville is an experiential based program designed to offer outdoor recreation opportunities for individuals and families who may not have the equipment or experience needed to enjoy the outdoors.
Outdoor Recreation provides numerous benefits to physical, mental and emotional health. Gaining life-long skills through experiential learning is a great way to build confidence, meet new people and improve existing relationships. This family-focused program will provide an outlet for individuals and families to build stronger relationships and connect with the outdoors while also building new skills under the guidance of experienced professionals.
Program offerings will include paddling, biking, hiking, backpacking and camping trips as well as skills clinics on bike maintenance, back-country cooking and wilderness travel. Participants will be taught the importance of planning and safety procedures through lessons on swift water rescue and wilderness medicine.
Outdoor Fayetteville provides the equipment, instruction and opportunity to learn a new hobby and explore some of the Fayetteville area’s most beautiful natural scenery. Sunset Paddles, Half-Day Paddles, Overnight Paddling and Camping Expeditions are all part of the fun! No experience is required for beginner clinics and day trips; participants must have completed introductory programs to join overnight trips. Canoes, kayaks, life jackets, paddles, dry bags and camping equipment is provided! Participants need only bring clothing, food and water. Lifejackets are required to be worn at all times when on the water.
Outdoor Fayetteville utilizes Fayetteville’s trail systems and abundance of recreational opportunities to provide community members with training, education and an unforgettable experience. Day Hikes offer participants the perfect opportunity to learn the keys to properly prepare for a backpacking trip while gaining experience and comfort with backpacking equipment. Upon completing the program families will be prepared to hike in and camp out for Outdoor Fayetteville’s Backpacking trips. Participants have access to backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents and cooking equipment.
Northwest Arkansas is a mountain biking paradise. Fayetteville hosts numerous trail systems for beginners and experienced bikers alike. Outdoor Fayetteville offers quality bikes and instruction to get everyone on the trail! The program starts with the basics of biking and works up to more advanced skills. Programs vary from beginner riding to downhill and technical riding. The equipment and trails are accessible for everyone to enjoy!
Everyone loves to eat! Come join the fun and learn how to prepare and eat good food in the backcountry. From smoked summer sausage and jambalaya to pesto pizzas, there are no shortage of options to prepare and enjoy! Check out the Backcountry Cookbook for more ideas to try on the next great adventure! All cooking and food preparation equipment is provided.
Kayak Polo is a great way to practice paddling skills while having fun playing a family-friendly game. Participants divide into teams and play kayak polo while working on paddling skills and beating the summer heat. All equipment is provided. Grab a suit, towel and water bottle and come join in on the fun! Have your own kayak? Bring it and meet a new kayaking partner.
Archery is something the whole family can enjoy. Whether competing for points or practicing for hunting season, come and enjoy the fun. Outdoor Fayetteville provides the equipment and targets needed.
Outdoor Fayetteville has opportunities for campers of any level. Family car camping, backpacking, overnight paddling and daddy-daughter/father-son campouts are only some of the many offerings in store. There is no better way to enjoy the indoors than to spend the night under the stars, rekindling friendships or making new ones. Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and cooking equipment are all provided for camping programs!
We can't always plan for a nice, warm, winter day or for a rainstorm providing perfect kayaking and waterfall chasing opportunities. You never know when that perfect hill will be ripe for sledding or when the stars finally align for the opportunity to get outside and bike after being stuck inside for months. Outdoor Fayetteville is dedicated to outdoor fun and family-friendly experiences. We are here when Mother Nature calls. We not only offer planned programs but also impromptu "Sun-Day, Fun-Day!" events too. Follow us on social media to stay informed about these pop-up programs and we will bring the fun to you!