Outdoor Adventures Programs

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department in partnership with The Dallas Parks Foundation is excited to offer the Dallas Outdoor Adventures program which seeks to provide Dallas youth with outdoor recreational programs including overnight camping, outdoor cooking, nature photography, kayaking and mountain biking and more!

Register for any of our Outdoor Adventures courses HERE! 

Please fill out an Outdoor Adventures Participation Waiver prior to participating in the program. 

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Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp

Send your child on an exciting adventure this summer! Register for a week of fun adventures including kayaking, mountain biking, archery, survival skills and more! Find more info HERE!

Family Classes (Youth & at least 1 Guardian)

Fishing - Ages 5 & Up

Enjoy a fishing excursion with the family! Participants will learn the fundamentals of fishing in Texas, including how to cast a reel and if you’re lucky… how to reel in the big one!  Fishing rod and bait will be provided. *Adults fishing must have a valid fishing license.  

Kidd Springs PondSat3/20/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p
Bachman LakeSat4/10/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p
White Rock LakeSat4/24/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p
Kleberg Rylie PondSat5/8/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p
Twin Lakes ParkSat5/22/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p

Register for Family Fishing HERE! 

Geocaching - Ages 5 & Up

It’s a nature-based treasure hunt using modern-day technology!   Geo (world) + Cache (hidden treasure) = Geocaching!   Explore the outdoors using GPS devices to find treasures located around the park.   Each individual will be provided with a GPS device. 

*Instead of hunting for usual geocaching treasures, families will search for hidden egg treasures!

*Reverchon ParkSat3/21/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p
Kiest ParkSat5/1/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p

Register for Family Geocaching HERE!  

Kayaking - Ages 8 & Up

Your family will have a great time together in this introductory-level course which teaches participants the fundamentals of kayaking.   The course consists of water safety and paddling techniques for the first 30 minutes of the program followed by an exciting one-hour adventure including games and a guided tour through the beautiful White Rock Lake.   Kayaks, paddles and Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) are provided. All participants must be able to confidently swim. 

White Rock LakeSat5/15/2110a / 12p / 2p$10 p/p

Register for Family Kayaking HERE! 

Mountain Biking Adventure - Ages 8 & Up

This is a  beginner-level course which teaches participants the fundamentals of mountain biking for both adults and youth.  The course consists of skill development for the first hour followed by an exciting one-hour, dirt trail ride through the beautiful Texas woods.  Bicycles and helmets are provided. **SPECIAL NOTE: All participants must be able to confidently ride a two-wheel bicycle. This is not a “Learn to ride a bicycle” course. 

Harry Moss ParkSat4/17/2110a / 12p / 2p$10 p/p

See "Special Programs" for info on our Mountain Bike Clinic

Register for Family Mountain Biking HERE!  

Nature Explorers - Ages 5 & Up 

Connect with nature and learn to be a better steward of nature’s resources! Participants will explore different species, learn about food webs and food chains, and create butterfly and bird feeders to help nature’s pollinators do their job!

Kidd SpringsSat3/20/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p
White Rock LakeSat5/15/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p

Register for Family Nature Explorers HERE! 

Nature Photography - Ages 7 & Up

The beautiful outdoors around us is deserving of being captured through the lens of a camera.  Each participant will use provided cameras and learn photography techniques such as Rule of Thirds, Contrast, Diagonal Lines, Use of Color and Framing.  Participants will be emailed a digital copy of their favorite picture taken in the session.

White Rock Lake
10a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p
White Rock LakeSat4/24/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p
Kiest ParkSat5/1/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p

Register for Family Nature Photography HERE! 

Outdoor Archery - Ages 5 & Up

Learn the fundamentals of archery and maybe even shoot a bullseye!   This entry class will teach you everything you need to know to safely shoot a compound bow and arrows in an outdoor setting.

Kleberg Riley ParkSaturday5/8/2110a / 12p / 2p$5 p/p

Register for Family Outdoor Archery HERE! 

Special Programs

S'mores & Stories -  Join us for an enchanting evening of stories and s’mores under the stars!  Bring your camp chairs, picnic blankets and dinner.  Outdoor Adventures staff will provide the crackling campfire, s’mores and stories you won’t soon forget! 

Samuell Farm
7p -9:30p
$25 per family (up to 6)

Register for Family S'mores & Stories HERE!

Blooming 5k Virtual Fun Run - Spring into action with the entire family & participate in our virtual 5K walk/run. This virtual event can be completed at any City of Dallas park between May 28-31. Register & receive your swag bag with T-shirt, water bottle, & more. 

Register for the Blooming 5K HERE!

Mountain Bike Maintenance Clinic - Things happen when you’re riding. Don’t let minor trouble leave you stranded on the trail. Bring your own bike and learn to patch or change a flat tire on the trail and make small tuneups so the ride can go on. (Lake Highlands North – front terrace) 

Lake Highlands Rec CenterThu4/15/216pm-7pm$5 p/p

Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp

The Outdoor Adventures Program will be offering a nine week summer camp at Samuell Farms. Camps will begin Monday, June 7th through Friday, August 6th. Daily camp times will be 8:30am - 5:30pm,  Monday - Friday. Registration will begin Monday, April 26th.

Saumell Farms
(100 US-80, 75149)
M-F6/7 - 8/68:30a - 5:30p$100 Res. / $125 NonRes.