Outdoor Recreation School

The Outdoor Recreation School brings outdoor adventure recreation throughout Three Rivers Park District and local communities with its hands-on programming. Whether you're interested in exploring trails, waters or the parks themselves, our instructors deliver high-quality and customizable programs for youth and adults.

Adventure-based Activities

The Outdoor Recreation School exists to create outdoor recreation experiences that connect, inspire and educate for a lifetime of play in the natural world. We work with a diverse range of groups including schools, youth agencies, clubs, businesses, adults and families.

In addition to scheduled programs, we can customize programs for each group. These programs can include multiple activities and can be adapted to meet the needs of each individual. A sample of available activities include:

  • Trails: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, geocaching, kicksledding
  • Water: paddling, fishing, log rolling
  • Other: archery, disc golf, slacklining

Find out more about the activities we offer:

Please fill out our Group Program Request form to request programming.

Programs & Events

Check out upcoming programs and events from the Outdoor Recreation School.

Private Paddling Lessons

Looking to improve your paddling technique for canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) or kayaking? The Outdoor Recreation School offers a limited number of private and semi-private lessons for a more personalized experience. No matter your experience level, our highly experienced instructors will customize the lesson to each paddler’s skills and goals.

Private lessons are one-on-one lessons; semi-private lessons have a limit of two people of similar age and ability. Ages 18+. Scheduling is based on instructor availability. Email Recreation@ThreeRiversParks.org for scheduling and pricing. Equipment included.


Three Rivers Park District is committed to making our programs accessible. With advance notice, sign language interpreters and a wide variety of assisted technology (all-terrain wheel chairs, sound amplifiers, etc.) can be arranged. Please call 763-559-9000 (for relay services dial 711) or email Access@ThreeRiversParks.org to request specific services or to discuss options. Financial assistance is available for qualifying groups.


Three Rivers relies on the support of volunteers to maintain the high quality of our programs. No experience is necessary, and training is available. If you are interested in joining the Outdoor Recreation School team, email or call 763-694-2052.

Contact Us

Questions? Call 763-694-7717 or email recreation@ThreeRiversParks.org. To request a program, fill out this form.

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