Outdoor Recreation Programs


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, call 941-429-PARK (7275) or register online

Beginner Archery

Archery certified staff will teach proper techniques. Parents, grandparents and adults are welcome to watch the class. All equipment is provided. Pre-registration is required; $30 per person fee.  Classes are designed for students ages 8-17.

Classes take place at the George Mullen Activity Center on Tuesdays from 6-6:45 p.m.
Class dates: Feb. 6 - Feb. 27

Register here

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. Pre-registration is required; $10 per person fee.  Classes are designed for students ages 8+.

Classes take place at the George Mullen Activity Center on Tuesdays from noon-1:30 p.m.
Class date: May 18

Register here


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).


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.

All nature walks take place on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m.:
January 27 - Oaks Park
April 27 - Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park
July 27 - Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

Pre-registration is required to limit group size. For assistance or more information about this program, please call 941-429-PARK (7275).





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 Oak Park

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



Go Green With Parks

Lear 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 George Mullen Activity Center : Local scout troops have the opportunity to volunteer with projects such as pulling invasive species of plants from our parks to earn a conservation badge. On Florida Arbor Day we will host a badge ceremony at the George Mullen Activity Center around our newly planted native trees for troops that complete said projects. Educated your troop about the native species they are helping and the benefits they provide to their habitat through activities and crafts. 

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).