TRAIL KIDS teaches youth ages 8-13 outdoor literacy and a connection to nature through activities like mountain biking, trail running, orienteering, and paddling in the Spring, Summer and Fall, and cross country skiing in the winter.

Coaches: Andrew Poffenberger,  Julie Rieth, Per Nelson, Bonnie Larson (IMBA Level 1 certified and Level 2 NICA Coach certified) 
Dates: 6.12.17 - 8.10.17 (see details of each training session below) - no class 7.3.17 or 7.5.17
1 Day Per Week: $150 (increases to $170 after 6.1.17)
2 Days Per Week: $280 (increases to $300 after 6.1.17)

Includes Program T-shirt


6.12.17 - 7.10.17 - Trail Running / Orienteering - Battle Creek Rec Center, Lake Elmo

7.17.17 - 8.7.17 - Rollerskiing - Battle Creek Water Park

When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

What: The first four weeks will be trail running/orienteering.  Followed by the second four week where we will work on ski specific technique and roller skiing.

Equipment: Participants will need to provide their own rollerskis, poles, boots helmet and water bottle for rollerski nights. Contact us if you do not currently own rollerskis. Rollerblades are an acceptable substitute for this age group. Running shoes and water bottles for running/orienteering nights.


6.14.17 - 8.10.17 Mountain Biking

Where: Carver and Battle Creek

When: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

What:  Introducing kids to the fun of the outdoors and trails for a lifetime!   Our biggest goal is outdoor fun and enjoyment for all riders, realizing for some kids that might be preparing to compete in a race and for others it might be a leisurely ride with the family.  

This program will provide a good intro/intermediate level mountain bike class. We will be starting with the basics and will emphasize safety, fun, skills development and proper bike maintenance.  Kids learn skills best by playing.  Our sessions involve teaching skills with cones, pool noodles, boards/skinnies, ramps, and more.  Skills taught include the right body positioning, turning, shifting, climbing, and BRAKING - all skills to needed keep your rider safe on a bike. 

Equipment: A safe and well maintained bike is required for the best experience for the rider.  Front suspension and disc brakes are beneficial but not required.  And, of course, a helmet!