Adventure Academy

Discover the Explorer in You! - PROGRAM BEGINS JULY 2019

What is it? Adventure Academy is an opt-in program that allows customers to earn patches by participating in select outdoor adventure programs at Explore Park and other Roanoke County facilities.


Sign up at the Explore Park Visitor center for just $15 per person, or FREE for current adventure pass holders. You'll immediately receive the following:

  • A large Adventure Academy Compass patch shield, with Velcro border for displaying patches
  • An Adventure Log Booklet, for tracking experiences throughout the program.
  • An Adventure Academy car magnet decal

Earning Patches:

Choose from the list of eligible programs below and receive a velcro patch upon completion from your instructor or at the Visitor Center. 

AdventureAcedmySymbolMany will be programs marked with the adventure compass icon in Explore Recreation Magazine.

Current eligible classes include:

Treetop Quest Ropes CourseTubing by Blue Mountain Adventures"Wild About" Series Nature TalksParticipation in an eligible race or run at a Roanoke County park.
Horseback at Niagara Ranch
Paddling Courses
Naturalist Programs
Select Outdoor Summer CampsSwimming Lessons at Green Ridge (ages 4 and up only)"Wild Things" Series Nature Talks

National Park Service Hikes or Talks


Earn 20 patches with at least two per core category (land, water, nature, wellness) to "graduate" from the program. Simply present your completed patch at the Visitor Center to receive the following:

  • A graduation certificate
  •  A FREE individual adventure pass, valid for one year from completion date. If a current membership exists, their pass will be extended for one year from current end date (getting next year’s membership free).
  • An Adventure Academy logo item
  • Exclusive participation in a “graduation party” event (held twice a year)

Finished? Graduates are encouraged to re-enroll after completion to participate in additional activities.