About OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
The Synergy Outdoor Adventures Program consists of numerous opportunities to explore the outdoors. We seek for athletes to learn a new appreciation for the outdoors, while learning to access and enjoy nature in new and exciting ways. Activities are held in-person and virtually and have included rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, geocaching, aerial course adventures, skiing and more.
A wide range of adaptive equipment and techniques are utilized to help athletes achieve success in outdoor adventures in a fun and safe way that emphasizes independence.
Dates as Scheduled
@ Various locations in and around DuPage County.
Most opportunities are offered in a special event, drop-in, or mini-season format.
This program is in development and will focus on exploring trails in and around the DuPage County area. Athletes will learn to safely overcome varied terrain while enjoying all that nature has to offer.
Geocaching is a real-life treasure hunt, based in nature, that utilizes GPS coordinates, maps and clues to locate “caches” in forest preserves, parks and other areas. The “treasure” is typically non-value items, though some are collectors items. The Geocaching app will be utilized to select caches for which to search and leave our own notes for each adventure.
Cycling, Kayaking & Canoeing
Adaptive setups are available to for balance and support to allow for safe cycling and kayaking opportunities. Outriggers for boat stability, hand cycles for those who power their bike with their upper body, and trikes for those who pedal with feet, but need additional support are available. Cycling and water activities are typically run in collaboration with Adaptive Adventures and/or Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Sports.
Rock Climbing & Aerial Adventure
Adaptive climbing is open to all ages with a physical disability. Adaptive equipment and instruction is available to help anyone achieve success, including power wheelchair users and those with visual impairments. The adaptive climbing program is facilitated in collaboration with Adaptive Adventures and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Sports.
Aerial adventure activities will take place at The Forge: Lemont Quarries.
“A ship in its harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.”
– William Shed
Meet the Instructors!
In addition to holding a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management, Jason has experience coordinating outdoor adventure programs in community, collegiate, and camp settings. He abides by a Leave No Trace philosophy and has been LNT certified. He enjoys participating in a wide variety of outdoor activities, especially backpacking, and has been fortunate to hike trails on five continents.
Al began his outdoor adventuring in high school with a fly fishing trip to Red Lake Ontario, Canada. Already an avid cyclist he added canoeing, camping and backpacking to his activities. When his family moved to Colorado, rock climbing became his focus. He became a Professional Certified Climbing Guide in 2017 after 20 years of climbing. He also holds professional certification for managing indoor climbing gyms. In 2015, he began working with adaptive climbing groups to expand access to the sport both indoor and outdoors. In 2019, after a near fatal accident, he spent 8 months with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab recovering and working his way back to climbing, work and the life of an outdoor enthusiast he so enjoys.
Building on a lifelong connection to the outdoors, Lyn has spent the last 15 years as a nature and science educator at the Morton Arboretum. She works connecting students from preschool thru high school to the science and wonder of nature. She also works with adult programming, Scouting groups and summer campers as an Arboretum Summer Science Camp Coordinator. She became a Certified Interpretive Guide in 2017, further refining her efforts to create enriching and engaging nature experiences for all audiences. When she is not mentoring new staff, wrangling summer campers or hiking a new trail, you can find her tending her gardens and backyard beehive.
Phil is a full-time Athletic’s Supervisor at WDSRA and joined the collaborative climbing group in 2017. He attends as many of the regularly scheduled climb days as possible because he just loves it!
He has assisted on the annual Midwest Adaptive Climbing Trip to the Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna, IL in 2018 and 2019 and hopes to go on many, many more.
Phil assists with belaying for climbers who need a straight belay, side climbing if the climbers need support on the wall with them for any physical or verbal assistance, as well as belaying and anchoring climbers who utilize the seated arc harness.