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Outdoor Initiatives


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.


  1. Adventure Days


    If you are ages 11-14 and like all kinds of outdoor adventure, these day trips are for you! Each day is packed full of different outdoor activities that include hiking, cave crawling, kayaking, and more. Sign up for one day, or for the ultimate adventure, all five! Drop off and pick up at Dan Kinney Family Center. Limited to 11 kids. Register by Monday prior to each program. | View program flyer.

    11-14 yrs.
    June 5: Hike Roundtop Mountain Hike
    June 12: Kayak the James River
    June19: Hike Ha Ha Tonka
    July 10: Hike and Swim Table Rock Lake State Park
    July 31: Springfield Caving Day
    Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    $30 Per Day

  2. Eleven Point Paddle Trip


    Paddle 20 miles and camp along the stunning Eleven Point River near Alton, Greer Crossing to Riverton access. This spring-fed section of the river cuts through steep bluffs and sloping forested valleys. Transportation and boat included. Major gear available for rent. Suggested gear lists and meal planning help available. THIS TRIP IS FULL.  Join the waiting list. | View program flyer.

    15 yrs. and up (15-17 yrs. with an adult)
    June 8-9
    Sat., 8 a.m.-Sun., 8 p.m.
    $60/Person

  3. Eco Float Trip


    Paddle, learn and enjoy the peaceful James River on this collaborative program with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Includes fun activities highlighting water quality, aquatic ecosystems, local history and enhancing your paddling skills. Boats and shuttle included. Pack a lunch, water, and sunscreen. Register by June 10. | View program flyer.

    9 yrs. and up (9-17 yrs. with an adult)
    June 11
    Tues., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    $25/Person

  4. Rocky Mountain National Park Extended Trip


    Walk across the Continental Divide, hike through aspen groves, drive up Trail Ridge Road and camp out in mountain bliss. A true Rocky Mountain adventure awaits you on this extended Colorado trip. Each day includes iconic hikes and activities in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Fee covers all transportation, lodging, and entrance fees, including six nights of camping and a night in a hotel. Major gear available for rent. Suggested gear and meal planning available. Register early, space is limited. | View program flyer.

    18 yrs. and up
    July 13-20
    Sat., 6 a.m.-Sat., 9 p.m.
    $700 (add $50 for a single-occupancy hotel room)

  5. Current River Paddle Trip


    Paddle an easy and scenic 17 miles of the Current River, Cedargrove Access to Pulltite. This overnight trip is distinguished by abundant springs, a cave that can be paddled into and points of historical interest. Transportation and boat included. Major gear available for rent. Suggested gear and meal planning available. Register by Aug. 22. | View program flyer.

    15 yrs. and up (15-17 yrs. with an adult)
    Aug. 24-25
    Sat., 9 a.m.-Sun., 6 p.m.
    $60/Person