Young Adults

Hiking the Appalachian Trail


9,500 Miles On a 2,200 Mile Trail - Lessons Learned From an Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hiker

Since 1994 Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp has liked 9,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail (AT), a continuous footpath that runs through 14 states from Springer Moutain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine.  He has been awarded four "2,000 miler" certificates by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and is a Life Member of the conservancy.  His average hike on the trail is 10-15 miles per day, but has walked up to 27 miles in one day.  During this presentation you will take a photo journey from Georgia to Maine on the AT.  You will also get valuable "Captain Blue" tips and advice about the AT on things like mail drops, shuttles, hitchhiking, and hiker hostels.  Discover what Andy describes as the long distance hiking fountain of youth.

Program is free and open to all ages.  Open seating. 


Organized and Productive

Organized and Productive - Tackle Your To-Do List, Email, and More

Productivity and organization fo hand in hand.  Whether your desk is covered with Post-it notes or your email in-box is constantly maxed out, your productivity can be positively influenced by new organization behaviors.  After applying your new skills, you will find more time in your day and more satisfaction in your accomplishment

~ Transform your To-Do list items to done

~ Learn to prioritize your tasks        ~ Find your action papers when you need them

~ Get caught up on your reading material      ~ Learn the secret to getting things done promptly

~ Spend less time on email

Professional Organizer Lori Firsdon has been helping people better manage their lives since 2006.  As the owner of Forte Organizers, she assists both residential and business clients.

Program is free and open to adults ages 16 and up.  Seating on a first come basis.


Backpacking 101 - Get Started With Backpacking!

Are you ready to try backpacking after an inspiring visit to a national park?  Ready to introduce your kids to the great outdoors?  Are you a longtime hiker who needs a refresher after too much time away from the trails?  Whatever your goal, this indoor workshop will teach you the techniques to have a safe and enjoyable backpacking trip.  Topics covered will be backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, stoves, food, clothes, footwear, weather, terrain, comfort zone, trip planning, and Leave No Trace Principles.  

Andy Niekamp, Chief Adventure Officer of outdoor Adventure Connection has been a wilderness adventurer for more than 25 years and has logged over 14,000 miles in more than 30 different states.  He is the founder and organizer of Dayton Hikers, the largest outdoor and most active recreation club in Dayton, Ohio.  Andy also operates a backcountry guide service, is an active volunteer for Five Rivers MetroParks, the Buckeye Trail Association, and Kentucky State Parks.

Open to all ages.  Seating on a first come basis.



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