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Kayaking Classes
Want to learn to kayak? This class is just for you. Learn how to properly navigate in a kayak with the different strokes and learn how to paddle safely on the water. Bring a lunch, water and clothes that can get wet. Kayaks, paddles and PFDs are included. You may bring your own equipment. Must be pre-registered one week prior to class. Minimum of four, maximum of 10. 
Age: 10 and up
Fee: $40/4 hr. class
Schedule: April 8th or April 22nd, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Dallas White Park 

National ParkRX Day-Yoga at the Garden
Park prescription is a movement of prescribing parks & nature to improve human health. Yoga class is presented by North Port Parks & Recreation and North Port Yoga Center.
Fee: Free
Schedule: Saturday, April 22
9 a..m.-10 a.m. (age 12 and up)
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (age 5-11 with parent)
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Garden of the Five Senses

Brown Bag Lunch Gardening Series

Presented by Sarasota County Extension Service Master Gardener Program and the City of North Port. For more information or to register for classes visit or
Age: All
Fee: Free
Schedule: TH 12pm-1pm;
  12/15  Succulent Gardens
  1/19     Pesticide Safety for Homeowners
  2/16     Thrifty Landscaping
  3/16     Wicked Weeds
  4/20     Plants for Butterflies & Bees
  5/18     Closing up your Florida Home
Location: Garden of Five Senses

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 such as:

• Tracking animals; making track casts; learning where animals live; what animals eat and what eats them; and where animals hide.

• Creek exploration; what micro-invertebrates live in our waters; what do otters eat; what does exotic mean; and what fish do we have swimming our creek.

• Awareness of natural cycles such as decomposition; amphibian and insect cycles; and seasonal changes.

Unable to bring your class to the park to experience the wonders of nature? Welcome the wild into your classroom! The On the Road program brings the excitement of nature to your classroom or organization. To schedule a program, call the George Mullen Activity Center at (941) 240-8120 at least three weeks in advance of the date desired.

North Port Little Naturalists
Looking for an alternative to the typical playgroup?  Connect with the outdoors and learn about the natural world with fun hands-on activities.
Age:  2-6 with parent
Fee: $5 per class
Schedule:  First Wednesday of each month, 10am-11am
Location:  1/4 Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park; 2/1 Morgan Center; 3/1 Oaks Park; 4/5 McKibben Park

Beginner Archery
Did you know archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today? Learn 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
Schedule: SA 9am-9:45am
Session 1: 1/7-1/28
Session 2: 2/4-2/25
Session 3: 3/4-3/25
Session 4: 4/8-4/29
Location: Mullen Center