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PROGRAMS AT THE METROWEST YMCA FAMILY OUTDOOR CENTER

45 East Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

 

The Family Outdoor Center (FOC) in Hopkinton, MA, offers 122 acres of outdoor fun and adventure for the whole family!

 

Members can enjoy:

  • Member pricing on programs like archery, rock climbing, and adventure education! (see below)
  • Free special events! (see below)
  • Free Open Climb every Friday, and Open Archery every Monday!
  • Free access to sports fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, hiking trails, a playground, and a picnic grove!

 

Interested in renting our facility for a birthday party, club event, or corporate outing at the MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center? Contact 508-435-9345.

 

 

WINTER SESSION PROGRAM:
 

Beginner/Intermediate Archery

Our Beginner/Intermediate Archery program will teach you foundational archery skills: identifying the parts of the bow and arrow, how to hold equipment, stance, and other information. All equipment is provided! Ages 6+

Family Members $90 | Youth & Teen Members $95 | Community Members $180

7 Saturdays: January 9 – February 19...................9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 

Advanced Archery

The Advanced Archery class provides an environment in which students will develop their form,

practice range/competition commands, and learn how to care for essential gear such as stringing, waxing, &

re-fletching. To participate you MUST have completed Basic Archery. Call the Family Outdoor Center at (508) 435-9345 if you have questions. Ages 8+

Family Members $90 | Youth & Teen Members $95 | Community Members $180

7 Saturdays: January 9 – Febuary 19.................... 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

 

Adult Belay Class

Calling all parents, guardians, and siblings over age 18!! Register for a learn-to-belay class so that YOU may learn how to manage the ropes and take charge of your family’s life line! This class teaches people how to safely secure other people during rock climbing. Once a participant passes the course, you will have the ability to belay your family and approved guests during weekly Open Climb at the Family Outdoor Center. Ages 18+

Members $25 | Community Members $35

Friday, January 7...................................................5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, February 11.................................................5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Heard the term “geocache” but unsure what it means? Ever wanted to go on a treasure hunt? Come learn all about the worldwide publicly accessible treasure hunts that never end! Begin with an overview of geocaching and use of a GPS or the geocache app and then proceed out on your own or with a YMCA staff to try and locate some of the 8 geocaches hidden on 122 acres of outdoor property. May require snowshoes (provided by YMCA), depending on weather.
Members FREE | Non-members $5/person or $15/family of 3+
Saturday January 8............................................... 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 
Come check out our Winter Wonderland! Receive a snowshoeing lesson that covers; equipment, movement, falling and recovery. Check out our hiking trails on your own or join a group trek as we scout around and learn about animal tracking. Warm up afterwards with some hot chocolate by our campfire. Dress warmly, snowshoes provided. Must have 5+ inches of snow on ground to run the event.
Members FREE | Non-Members $5/person, $15/family
Saturday February 5, 12, & 26................................10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 
Would you like to spend more time outdoors this winter? Come and learn some winter safety skills, so you are better prepared to enjoy cold-weather outdoor activities! We will review a winter clothing layering guide, cold weather safety and first aid, a snowshoeing tutorial (weather dependent), fire safety, and basic map, compass, land navigation skills. Pre-registration is required. Ages 10+
Members $25 | Community Members $35
Saturday, January 29............................................ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Let’s see who can create the most majestic snow castle in all the land! Come show off your snow castle or snow fort building skills. With plenty of open space and pristine snow conditions, this will surely be a grand spectacle. Dress warmly and bring your snow shovels and building tools. Must have 5+ inches of snow on ground to run the event.
Members FREE | Non-Members $5/person, $15/family
Saturday February 19............................................10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 
How would you like to snowshoe through a winter nature scene? This workshop will begin with a very brief “packing for an offsite trip” review, and then head off to either; the Ashland Reservoir, or Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary for some snowshoeing and animal tracking. All snowshoes will be provided. Dress warmly, the group will depart the Family Outdoor Center no later than 1:45 PM and return before 5:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. Ages 10+
Members $10 | Community Members $15
Saturday February 12............................................. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

 

FREE, ONGOING DROP-IN PROGRAMS FOR MEMBERS: 

 

(registration is not required!)

 

Open Climb  

Every Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

Members: FREE! | Non-members: $10/person or $25/family of 3+ 

The indoor climbing gym is open to climbers of all ages, shapes, and sizes.  Come and check out our climbing walls and be belayed by YMCA staff members.  If you can be appropriately harnessed, you may climb.  Anyone wishing to belay must have attended the Adult Belay Class. 

 

Check out Classes to find out how YOU can belay YOUR FAMILY by signing up for an Adult Belay Class! 

 

 

Open Archery (ages 6 and up) 

Every Monday starting Sept. 13th from 5:30 PM -8:30 PM

Members: FREE! | Non-members: $10/person or $25/family of 3+ 

 

Come and try out archery before signing up for classes, or practice on your own.  All required equipment is provided by the YMCA.  You may bring your own recurve or compound bows provided draw weight is 30lbs or less, and only arrows with field/target points are allowed. 

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Access to the Family Outdoor Center is INCLUDED in your Framingham Family Membership.

Or, you can purchase a stand-alone Family Outdoor Center Family Membership at $36.75/ month

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The Family Outdoor Center offers classes year-round in fun, outdoor sports like rock climbing and archery! Check out the great programs below! 

Questions? Please call 508-435-9345.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 WINTER PROGRAMS: