Adventure programs

Discover the adventures Lexington provides with our outdoor adventure programs! Spend your time outdoors with archery, camping, canoeing, scuba and more!

All of our adventure programs are available upon request (subject to time and minimum participation requirements). Please contact us with your programming requests or recommendations. We have new programs developing every year, so make sure to keep an eye out for your next outdoor adventure!


Learn the skills necessary to begin and practice a new hobby safely, brush up on your previous skills and begin a hunting or competitive pursuit, if you so choose. We will teach you everything you need to know about basic shooting equipment and give you ample opportunities to practice and apply these skills throughout the duration of the course. Please bring your own equipment.

Sunrise archery – Hisle Farm Park
10 a.m. – noon
Cost: Free

2019 dates:

  • April 20
  • Aug. 17
  • Sept. 28
  • Oct. 19


Our overnight camping program provides you with new skills to make your future trips safer and more enjoyable, teaching you how to minimize your environmental impact. Feel free to bring any gear that you have questions about so staff can help you gain a better understanding of its use, functions and applications for your future utilization. 

Overnight camping – Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
6 p.m. – 11 a.m.
Cost: $25 for individuals or $45 for a household of up to four people.


2019 dates:

  • May 3 – 4
  • May 24 – 25
  • Aug. 23 – 24
  • Sept. 20 – 21


Learn how to properly paddle a canoe, what objects and river formations to observe, safety gear and considerations, and how to plan your own future paddling trips. Once equipment has been fitted, we will go on a relaxing paddle down scenic Kentucky River, giving you the opportunity to enjoy unique wildlife, natural formations and the tranquility that these remote locations have to offer. 

We offer both Intro to Canoeing and Canoeing on the Kentucky River. While the introductory class focuses a little more on the basics, it is not required before Canoeing on the Kentucky. Both classes offer enough instruction for beginners to feel comfortable! 


2019 Introduction to canoeing
Jacobson Park boat ramp
4 – 6 p.m. 

  • June 14
  • June 21
  • July 5


2019 Canoeing on the Kentucky River 
Cost: $5 per person 
Will meet at Raven Run (must register for details)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • June 15
  • July 6
  • October 26 

7 a.m. – noon

  • June 29
  • July 13


Edible Plants

Join us at McConnell Springs as we learn about edible and medicinal uses of native plants in the Bluegrass. Local herbalist and plant expert, Andrew Bentley, will be providing course material and helping identify plant species. 

Edible Plants Class – McConnell Springs
Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free 

2019 dates:

  • March 2
  • May 18 (at Hisle Farm Park)
  • June 1
  • Sept. 7
  • Oct. 5 (at Hisle Farm Park)

Intro to fly fishing

Our intro to fly fishing course will cover the basics of fly fishing, where to fly fish, what fish species to fish for, how to set up your gear, what gear you need, how to tie flies, how to cast, and various tips and tricks to get the most out of your fly fishing trips. No equipment will be needed however if participants want to bring their own gear they are welcome and we will help them work with it or set it up if it is new gear.

Outdoor skills classes – McConnell Springs Park
4 – 10 p.m.
Cost: Free 


  • April 25

Outdoor skills

For those looking to expand or build upon their knowledge and skills, we offer one-hour outdoor skills classes. Join us as we learn about knot tying and rope work, fire building, campsite preparation and setup, hiking, backpacking, paddling and orienteering.

Outdoor skills classes – McConnell Springs
9 – 10 a.m.
Cost: Free 

2019 dates:

  • Jan. 12
  • Feb. 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • June 8
  • Aug. 10
  • Sept. 14
  • Nov. 9
  • Dec. 14

Scuba diving

Time for an underwater adventure! Register for our scuba program and let our partners, New Horizons Diving, introduce you to the exciting world of underwater exploration. Offering both discover scuba courses and confined water certifications, our programs are designed to help you get your feet wet as you begin your journey into this exciting hobby. Must be at least 13 years of age.

Discover Scuba – Shillito Pool
7 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $35 per person 


2019 dates:

  • June 24
  • July 10
  • July 24
  • Aug. 15
  • Aug. 29 

Spring break camp

Adventure Programs is offering a half-day camp during 2019 Fayette County Public Schools spring break. These camps will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 3, 4 and 5 at Camp Kearney at Jacobson Park. The cost is $20 per person, per day. The program will be identical each day; however, individuals can register for multiple sessions if they choose.

For more detailed information, contact Kenneth Black at (859) 225-4073 or


Intermediate orienteering course

In this course, participants will learn how to navigate through nature using just a map and compass. These classes will run Thursday nights from 6 – 7:30 p.m. during January 2020. Participants can register either by calling the park or through the online portal. The cost for this program is $20 per person. 

2020 dates:

  • Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30



Bushcraft series

Our new Bushcraft series will give participants the opportunity to learn essential outdoor skills like building a shelter, starting a fire, and much more. This program will run on Thursday nights from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The cost of the course is $40 per person and participants can register by calling the park or through the online portal. 

2020 dates:

  • April 23, 30
  • May 7, 14, 21 & 28





Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

  1. Fall Festival & Family Fun Celebration

    6 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019

  1. Canoeing on the Kentucky River program

    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  2. Little Explorers – Fossils

    10 – 11 a.m.

  3. Weekend Workout

    10 a.m.

  4. Youth Basketball Clinic

    2 – 3 p.m.