Outdoor Initiatives provides adventure trips, outdoor recreation programs & education at an affordable price to the community. Leave No Trace guidelines are followed on all excursions. Scholarships may be available, call 833-8647. Office location: Valley Water Mill Park, 2450 E. Valley Water Mill Rd.
If you are ages 11-14 and like all kinds of outdoor adventure, these trips are for you! Each day is packed full of different outdoor activities: climbing, cave crawling, kayaking, and more. Drop off and pick up at Dan Kinney Park pavilion. Limit 10 kids. Register for one day or all nine by Monday prior to each program. For questions, please call 417-833-8647.AGE11-14 yrs.JUNE 1Hike and Swim at Table Rock Lake State ParkJUNE 8Kayaking Skills and Disc Golf at Finley River ParkJUNE 15Kayaking on the James RiverJUNE 22Compass and Map Skills with Springfield Parks Treasure HuntJUNE 29Knot Tying and Rock Climbing at Zenith Climbing CenterJULY 13Archery and Survival Skills at Lake Springfield ParkJULY 27Springfield Caving Day at Ritter Springs and Doling ParkAUG. 3Float the Niangua River Part 1AUG. 10Float the Niangua River Part 2TIME8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)FEE$35/Adventure
Outdoor Trailblazers Camp
An outdoor skills day camp featuring the best outdoor activities the Ozarks has to offer. Each day includes an adventure centered around a new skill, developed through games and activities and then the real thing. Camp includes canoeing and kayaking at Fellows Lake, a float on the Niangua River, rock climbing and a trip to Zenith Climbing Center, outdoor survival skills, and a trip to Fritz’s Adventure. Parents are invited to a family adventure Friday night, includes dinner. Drop-off and pickup at Dan Kinney Park pavilion. Limit 20 kids. Register by Aug. 11. For questions, please call 417-833-8647.AGE9-12 yrs.DATEAug. 15-19TIME8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Drop-off 7:45-8:15 a.m. Pickup 4:45-5:15 p.m.)FEE$225/Person