Adventure Academy

Discover the Explorer in You! 

Earn patches by participating in select outdoor programs offered by Roanoke County and Explore Park.

Enrollment - Sign up at the Explore Park Visitor Center for only $15 per person (or FREE for Adventure Pass holders).

Immediate Benefits - On enrollment you’ll receive:
• A large Adventure Academy Compass patch shield, with Velcro border for displaying patches
• An Adventure Log Booklet, for tracking your experiences
• An Explore Park decal

Your Mission -  Complete at least 12 of the 16 available patches by meeting the criteria below. Collect each patch at the Explore Park Visitor Center by showing us your adventure log. When you’re done, receive a FREE individual Adventure Pass. If you already have one, your current pass will be extended one year from current end date.



HikingHiking - Participate in a guided hike with a staff naturalist or National Park Service ranger.
SwimmingSwimming - Take a group or private swim lesson class at Green Ridge or go tubing at Explore Park.
CampingCamping - Stay overnight in a campground, tent, cabin or yurt at Explore Park.
CanoeingCanoeing - Go on a guided canoe trip with Roanoke County.
TreetopQuestTreetop Quest - Participate in our aerial adventure course.
KayakingKayaking - Go on a guided kayak trip with us, or rent an inflatable kayak at Explore Park.
HorsebackHorseback - Participate in a Roanoke County horseback program or summer camp program offering.
FishingFishing - Catch a fish at Explore Park and take a selfie with it, or attend an educational fishing program.


EnvironmentalEducationEnvironmental Education - Participate in an environmental education program with Roanoke County, or rent a nature backpack from the visitor center.
OutdoorHealthOutdoor Health - Participate in an outdoor health class, summer camp or fitness clinic.
VoulenteerVolunteer - Participate in a clean-up day or park partners effort at a Roanoke County park.
RacingRacing - Participate in a run or charity race at a Roanoke County park.

OutdoorSkillsOutdoor Skills - Participate in an outdoor skill or survival workshop.
EventsEvents - Participate in an outdoor special event at a Roanoke County park, such as Illuminights.
ShareTheAdventureShare The Adventure - Tag a picture of your adventure at Explore Park on social media and show our staff. Or, participate in a travel program with us.
TeamBuildingTeam Building - Participate in a team-building program operated by our staff.

What's the Value of an Adventure Pass?

Regularly priced at $50 individual or $90 family, Adventure Pass holders receive a membership card valid for one year from date of purchase, with the following benefits:

• Unlimited Disc Golf play at Mayflower Hills
• Free parking at Rutrough Point and other paid lots

Adventure Pass holders receive 10% off:
•Paid programs and events at Explore Park
• Treetop Quest
• Gift Shop purchases (excluding artisans)