Outdoor Recreation Programs

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The North Port Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of outdoor recreation programs appropriate for all ages and enthusiast. Programs provide a safe space to enjoy outdoor activities while meeting new friends, learning new skills, building on existing ones. For information on current or upcoming outdoor recreation programs, download the Playbook or call 941-429-PARK (7275). 

Beginner Archery

Archery certified staff will teach proper techniques. Parents, grandparents and adults are welcome to watch the class. All equipment is provided.

Classes are designed for students ages 8-17.
$30 per person fee, pre-registration is required.

 DAY DATE TIME LOCATION REGISTRATION
 Tuesdays Feb. 6-27, 2024 6-6:45 p.m. GMAC  Register here
 Wednesdays Oct. 2-23, 2024 6-6:45 p.m. GMAC Coming Soon!

 

GMAC: George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way

Archery Skills Day

Hone your accuracy and consistency as you delve deeper into proper form, aiming techniques and controlled release. Engage in challenging drills and exercises designed to enhance your precision and prepare you for complex shoot scenarios. 

Age: 8+
Date: May 18, 2024
Time: noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: George Mullen Activity Center, 1602 Kramer Way
Fee: $10 per person fee
Pre-registration is required - Coming soon!

Archery Group Lessons

This class will focus on archery safety, skills and drills. Participants will learn archery form, range rules, shooting techniques, etiquette, scoring and competition. Minimum of eight participants, $5 per person/per class. All equipment is provided.  Classes are designed for students ages 6+.

Classes take place at the George Mullen Activity Center.
Class dates: by appointment only

Please call us to schedule your appointment at 941-429-PARK (7275).

 

BioBlitz

Become a "Citizen Scientist" by attending this event to create a snapshot of the variety of species and local wildlife at our parks. Work alongside Park staff to advance the health of local native species, which are essential to our ecosystem. Participants will use an app called iNaturalist to take pictures of plants, insects and animals; see what wildlife is present on this day; and contribute to a scientific inventory of native species. Volunteer activities will also include invasive species removal to improve the health of the habitat and further assist the native species found in our parks. Beginning March 3, volunteers are encouraged to continue to go out on their own and submit their findings through the iNaturalist app or website, iNaturalist.org

This free program is open to all children and adults.

Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-noon at Oaks Park
March 3-31, Self-guided at Oaks Park

For more information about BioBlitz, please call 941-429-PARK (7275).

 

 

Go Green With Parks

Learn the importance and the impact native vegetation has on our planet and specifically our city. This program is in conjunction with native tree planting, occurring throughout the year across our city. Together with the residents of North Port we will continue to protect, educate and restore our natural environment. There will be light refreshments provided at each program. If you have any questions, please contact Dillon George at DGeorge@NorthPortFL.gov. 

January 19, 5 p.m. at City Center Front Green: In conjunction with People for Trees, we will be celebrating Florida Arbor Day through a tree giveaway, Boys Scout badge ceremony and remarks about this special day. Educated your family and/or scout troop about the native species they are helping and the benefits they provide to their habitat through activities and crafts. You an have the opportunity to volunteer with projects such as pulling invasive species of plants from our parks to earn a conservation badge.

You may collect your FREE tree between 5-6 p.m., kindly donated by People for Trees. Trees are limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

View our event map here(PDF, 357KB).
No registration is required for this event.

April 26, 5 p.m. at Butler Park: On National Arbor Day we will be hosting a community-based habitat restoration project at Butler Park, planting small native trees and plants. Open to all ages, learn about the species we plant and their benefits from the Environmental Conservancy of North Port and North Port Parks and Recreation. 

For more information about Go Green With Parks, please call us at 941-429-PARK (7275).

Learn to "Yak"

In this class, you'll learn the basics in the NPAC competition pool, including paddling skills and water safety. Later in the course, students venture out to Myakkahatchee Creek to try out class techniques in a real-world scenario with instructors.

Age: 10 and up
Fee: $75/residents; $100/non-residents
Location: NPAC, 6205 W. Price Blvd.

DAY TIME LEVEL REGISTRATION
Jan. 27-Mar. 2, 2024 8-10 a.m. Beginner Registration link
Mar. 23-Apr. 27, 2024 8-10 a.m. Intermediate Registration link

 

North Port Eco-Adventures!

Join Parks & Recreations and Alice White, Chair of People for Trees, for a special guided kayak tour to experience some of our area's best-kept secrets. Take in the scenery and learn about the flora and fauna along the way. 

Ages: 8 and up
Fee: $10 with kayak, $5 if bringing your own kayak
Limited space available, pre-registration is required.

DATE TIME LOCATION REGISTRATION LINK
Jan. 20, 2024 8-10 a.m. Deer Prairie Creek Preserve

 

COMPLETED
Mar. 16, 2024 8-10 a.m.

Deer Prairie Creek Preserve
10201 S Tamiami Trail

Registration link

 

North Port Nature Walks

Join us and the The Environmental Conservancy of North Port to hike local trails, discover wildlife and meet new friends at our beautiful parks.
This free program is open to all children and adults. Pre-registration is required to limit group size. For assistance or more information about this program, please call 941-429-PARK (7275).

 DAY DATE TIME LOCATION REGISTATION
 Saturday  Jan. 27  9-11 a.m.  OP  Closed
 Saturday  Apr. 27  9-11 a.m.  MCEP  Registration link
 Saturday  Jul. 27  9-11 a.m.  Myakkahatchee Greenway Trail  Registration link

 

OP: Oak Park, 5430 Mandrake Terrace
MCEP: Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, 6968 Reisterstown Rd