Outdoor Recreation

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Wild Side of North Port School Programs
The Wild Side of North Port School Programs are an excellent resource for school groups, scout troops, daycares and homeschool groups. Programs help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world while interacting in a natural setting and having fun. Each program includes a game or hands on project with a variety of activities that will lead to discoveries in nature. 

To schedule a program, call the George Mullen Activity Center at least one month in advance of the desired date.
Age: K-5
Fee: $54 per group (up to 18); $3 addl. student    
Day: Various
Date: By appt.                                                                                     

Rec on Wheels
Parks & Recreation is going out into the community and encouraging kids to come out and play! Each month we will be at a different location with a city vehicle full of activities and games. Rec on Wheels is offered on a drop-in basis; child care is not provided. Program will not be held during inclement weather.
Age: All
Fee: Free
Day: W
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Date: 11/7    Location: Highland Ridge Park
Date: 11/21  Location: McKibben Park
Date: 12/19  Location: Hope Park
Date: 1/9      Location: Kirk Park
Date: 1/30    Location: LeBrea Park
Date: 2/20    Location: Marius Park
Date: 3/13    Location: Pine Park
Date: 4/10    Location: Oaks


Brown Bag Lunch Gardening Series
Presented by the Sarasota County Extension Service Master Gardener Program and the City of North Port, the Brown Bag Lunch Series provides lunchtime learning. Bring your own lunch. For more information, visit Registration accepted at
Age: All
Fee: Free
Day: TH
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Garden of the Five Senses
Date: 12/20  Container Gardening
Date: 1/17    Succulent Gardens
Date: 2/21    Plants for Butterflies and Bees
Date: 3/21    Wicked Weeds
Date: 4/18    What’s that Bug?
Date: 5/16    Thrifty Landscaping

Beginner Archery
Did you know archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today? Archery certified Parks & Recreation staff will teach proper techniques and explore archery opportunities in North Port. Parents, grandparents, and adults are welcome. All equipment is provided.
Age: 8 and up
Fee: $25 session
Day: SA
Time: 9-9:45 a.m.
Date: 1/5-1/26 or 3/2-3/23
Location: George Mullen Activity Center

 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. All equipment is provided.
Age: 6 and up
Fee: $5 per class
Date: By appt. per participant
Location: George Mullen Activity Center