Clinics

Natural Habitat Pup Walk & Talk
Friday: 1PM, 3PM       Saturday: 11AM, 1PM, 3PM        Sunday: 11AM, 2PM

Woof Woof and welcome to Natural Habitat Dog Walkers! We’re Greenville locals with two crazy, high-energy pups of our own who decided to start a dog hiking business as a way to help out other energetic dog owners who need an extra paw. We strongly believe in getting dogs back to their ‘natural habitat’ and providing high quality exercise and mental stimulation to give our furry friends a truly well rounded and enervated experience. We utilize a combination of the great outdoors and our previous training experience to craft new, pawsitive associations and habits and give your pups the hikes of a lifetime! We can’t wait to meet all of our future families but until then, we’ll see you on the trails.

Kids Fishing Clinic
Saturday: 12PM, 2PM       Sunday: 1PM, 3PM

 Captain Don Dingman, host of the TV Show “Hook the Future” and long-time Captain, leads educational and entertaining fishing clinics at major boat shows and events across the Southeast. Don has a passion for teaching thousands of families annually how to succeed in fishing, while spending quality time in the outdoors with people you love. Join Captain Don for his daily clinics, and watch your kids get hooked on the sport of a lifetime.

Discovering the Outdoors with Jo Hackl
Saturday: 1PM, 3PM

Join Jo Hackl, the award-winning and bestselling author of Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe(Random House Children’s Books), to discover everything that mother nature has to offer. From participating in scavenger hunts to creating a nature journal, Jo will lead clinics for kids of all ages to come and discover the outdoors. Alex Garcia, a veteran and experienced instructor in outdoor self-reliance skills, will also be assisting in the clinics as well. With both of these amazing instructors, the clinics will not only be fun and enjoyable, but also beneficial and valuable in teaching countless outdoor skills and techniques.

Caroline Day

Coach Caroline Day is a Lupus warrior and two-time Half-Ironman finisher.  She has used lifestyle and nutrition changes to affect all aspects of health in herself and others.  Caroline lost 50lbs when she began a journey into wellness, which led to the decision to pay it forward as a wellness coach. When Caroline is not coaching, or concocting smoothie recipes, she enjoys cats, bourbon, and Elvis trivia.

Nutrition Strategies for Health and Wellness
Friday: 1pm
Saturday: 11am
Sunday: 11am

Struggling with healthy food choices? Learn how to make better eating decisions and adapt a different approach to nutrition while optimizing your health and wellness.

The Importance of Sleep, Stress Management and Recovery for Optimal Health
Friday: 4pm
Saturday: 4pm

Come learn strategies to help manage stress, and focus on getting enough sleep to recover for our next day and be energetic, healthy and happy all week!

Nutrition Strategies for Women as We Age
Saturday: 2pm

As we age, we may struggle to stay energetic and manage some of the symptoms of peri- and post-menopause Discover some tweaks to nutrition and lifestyle that can help us stay strong, healthy, and active as we move through the later years.

Nutrition for Athletes
Sunday: 1pm

Who is an athlete? Anyone who exercises on Purpose! As athletes – we have specialized nutrition needs to help us fuel that exercise and then recover – to do it all again! Let’s talk about the right types of nutrition strategies to keep us feeling our best and ready for whatever is next.

Wellness Coaching Q&A Session
Sunday: 2pm

What is wellness coaching all about – how can it help you, what does it entail and who is a ‘right fit’ for coaching? We will cover Individual coaching, group coaching, and holistic views of health.

Andrew Blackstock

Coach Andrew Blackstock is a current professional cyclist and performance and wellness coach for Rocket Revolution. Andrew has 10+ years of cycling experience that he uses to help his athletes. When Andrew is not racing or training you can find him sipping coffee at a local coffee shop or on the river fly fishing. Andrew’s favorite bike is his gravel bike, but he also enjoys his road bike and mountain bike.

Flat Tire Clinic
Friday: Noon
Sunday: Noon

Learn what tools you need to carry with you, and the tips and tricks to make changing a flat or repairing a puncture easy!

Bike Wash Clinic
Friday: 3pm

Learn the proper way to clean your equipment to keep your investment working through all your fun adventures.

How to Prepare for a Gravel Race
Saturday: Noon

Learn What should you pack for a gravel race? How should you train and acclimate for the event? How to make a timeline for the days leading up to your gravel event.

How to Choose a Gravel Bike
Saturday: 3pm

Learn where you spend your budget, and where you can save. How to pick the proper equipment for your training, events, and geography.

Performance Coaching Q&A and RR Swag Giveaway
Sunday: 3pm

Come learn what coaching is all about. Do more with less time and energy. Learn why coaching is not just for professionals.

Upstate Archery Academy

If you’ve ever thought about learning to shoot archery? Then Upstate Archery Academy, LLC is the place to go. We have been in business approaching 4 years with the focus of introducing as many people as we can to the sport of archery. Age 9 and up come on out and let Upstate Archery Academy show you how to have fun while safely shooting a bow. We teach everyone from beginners all the way to advanced competitive archers with both compound and recurve bows. We would love to show you what its like to hit the bullseye. If you are interested reach out to us at upstatearcheryacademy.com.

Upstate Archery Academy – Take your best shot!
Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Drop by the Upstate Archery Academy booth and take your best shot. We will have a range setup with certified coaches on hand to allow you to take your best shot. Never shot, that’s ok. Drop by and let our coaches show you how. Have questions about training and classes drop by and let’s talk. We can’t wait to see everyone at the Outdoor Fest.

Mike Libbrecht

Mike has led many casting clinics with parent/child duos and disabled vets. He is a recent Sweetwater Guide School graduate and working toward becoming a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor.

Introduction to Fly Casting
Friday: 2pm
Saturday: 11am and 3pm
Sunday: 11am and 3pm

Mike will teach Basic fly casting techniques including body position, grip, and arm position. Learn the two basic casts; the overhead cast and the roll cast and how casting a fly differs from conventional tackle.

Outdoor Eats with Chef Steve Corso

Chef Corso is your culinary guide to outdoor cooking. He is here to lead you down the path to elevated meals while hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, or backpacking. All recipes are fast, easy, mindful of pack weight/volume, require no pre-prep or dehydrating and focus on real fresh ingredients rather than dry, salty, and expensive packaged options.

Outdoor Eats: Elevate your Dinner
Friday: 1:30pm
Saturday: 12:30 and 2:30pm
Sunday: 12:30 and 2:30pm

Hungry for better recipes? Become the camp kitchen hero with Chef Corso of Outdoor Eats. He will share fast, easy, and tasty recipes ready in 30 min or less that are sure to impress. 
What you will learn:
– The best high-flavor ingredients
– Camp stove basics
– Packing Tips & Tricks
– Fast, easy, and tasty outdoor meal options
Get outside. Eat well. Share the tasty experience.

Vinny Ferreri

Vinny Ferreri goes by “Commish” in the kayak world. He is 36 years old, married to his wife Mary, and has an amazing 10-year-old daughter Ezzy. Vinny has been kayak fishing for 11 years and competing in kayak fishing tournaments for over 10 years. He has thirty wins, and a bunch of cashing events under his belt and is an eight-year Native Watercraft team member who chases Largemouth, Smallmouth, and spotted Bass primarily.

Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing Demos
Sunday: 11am – 1pm

Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing LLC, a large tournament series based out of Charlotte, NC will bring a Native Watercraft Titan 12, Slayer Max 12.5, and a Slayer Max 10 for demos. They are considered the largest grass roots series in the country. Anglers will have the opportunity to pedal kayaks and cast a rod! Jump in and come hang out!

Intro to Kayak Bass Fishing
Sunday: 1:30pm

Learn how to purchase the correct kayak for you, transporting your kayak, gear storage on a kayak during an event, rigging a fishing kayak, rod and reel selection, line selection, net selection, lure selection, deciding on a good fishing area on the lake, measuring and submitting fish for an event, my experiences fishing in the Carolina’s followed by questions and answers.

Boyd and Nicole Johnson

Wheel Building Clinic
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Located in Gear & Goods 192 & 193

Boyd Cycling co-owners Boyd and Nicole Johnson, a husband-and-wife team, met through competitive racing and started their premium-quality handcrafted wheel business in 2010. Always at the forefront of wheel innovation, they have created one of the fastest rims in the world and continue to develop aerodynamic road and gravel models. From the hub to the spokes to the rim, Boyd and Nicole will explain wheel components and designs while demonstrating the process of wheel making. The advice they offer and what you learn may help take your cycling to the next level!

REI Co Op Experiences

Mountain Biking Skills Session and Trail Ride
Friday: 1pm & 3pm
Saturday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Sunday: 11am and 1pm

Experience the thrill of mountain biking under the care of REI’s enthusiastic and professional guides! We’ll start with a brief skills session to learn and practice shifting, braking, body and pedal position, and navigating minor obstacles. After getting comfortable on the bike, we’ll use all these new skills on a short trail ride. Full suspension mountain bikes and helmets are included.

 

REI Co Op Experiences

Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Enjoy a relaxing paddle tour on the lake! REI’s professional and friendly guides will outfit you with a kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP), paddle, and PFD and teach you proper strokes and paddling techniques to ensure you have a great experience on the water. This is a great way to build a new skill set or improve upon what you already know about kayaking and/or SUPing. REI will provide watercraft, paddles, and all necessary safety equipment.

UltiMutt Race Obstacles


Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Spend fun bonding time outside with your dog at the UltiMutt Race special event course with five obstacles designed to build owner/dog trust and teamwork: A-frame climb and descent, agility poles, ball tunnel, hay bale hurdles and seesaw ups and downs. Stop by the Noble Dog Hotel and their Canine Healing Project tents to receive signature dog bandanas and information on the therapy dog training initiative. Poop stations available on site.

Sponsored By

Woods and Water

Taylor Metz has been hunting and fishing since the age of 4 and enjoys every minute she gets to spend outdoors. Taylor was a competitive NASP archer and since 2018 she has been featured in Shimano Fishing’s marketing campaigns for the SLX rod and reel series. Also in 2018, Taylor began to co-host the weekly Woods and Water SC radio show with her dad. Taylor also represents Shimano Fishing and AFTCO at various events and on social media.

Roger Metz grew up in rural South Carolina, fishing with his grandaddy and quail hunting with his neighbor. Since those early days, being in the outdoors became a way of life and not just a pastime. Hunting, hiking, camping, and fishing has taken Roger across the US, to Mexico and Canada, and all the way north to Alaska. He started his weekly outdoor radio show Woods and Water SC in 2014 to share his love of the outdoors and encourage others to get out there.

Roger and Taylor are both members of SEOPA (Southeastern Outdoor Press Association) and those media credentials give them access to outdoor events and conferences both here in SC and throughout the US.

Challenges of a girl in the outdoors with Taylor and Roger Metz
Friday 2:30pm
Saturday: 12:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am

Taylor will focus on a few issues that can hold girls back from really enjoying the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. She will have some very helpful insight into how and where to find mentors, clothes made just for girls, safety in the outdoors, and of course standing your ground when it comes to boys!

How do I get there… with Roger and Taylor Metz
Saturday: 2:30pm
Sunday: 1:30pm

Roger and Taylor often get the question, “I’ve never been ______ and I don’t even know where to start!” It really doesn’t take much to get there, and we’ve got tips, places to go, and a list of great organizations with programs that are waiting to mentor you to go _______without you having to spend a lot of money.

Vdovichenko Bee Farm

Stop by booth 160 to learn how Beeswax Lip Balm is made. Also learn the art of Beeswax Candle Making. See what a beehive looks like close up (no bees)with frames and hive tools. And try on bee suits to try on for great photo ops.


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

REI Co Op Clinics

Stop by the REI tent for the schedule of the day.

THE TEN ESSENTIALS – What to take on Every Hike

Packing the “Ten Essentials” whenever you step into the backcountry, even on a day hike, is an important habit. Learn what ten items you need with you on every hike, plus some extra “nice-to-have” items for back at camp.

GEAR CARE & REPAIR

We’ll highlight some basic tasks to care for and maintain your gear, as well-maintained gear is likely to last longer without needing replacement. Have a small hole in your down jacket? Bring it with you and we’ll provide the patch and teach you how to repair it on the spot!

CAMP COFFEE

A good cup of coffee can help start the day off on the right foot. In this short 15-20 minute session, we will share our favorite ways to make coffee in the backwoods.

BASIC CAMPING KNOTS

Learn how to tie knots for everyday use! Knowing how to use a few essential knots can make all the difference on an outdoor adventure. Please note: This class does not cover climbing knots.

CAMP KITCHENS

What do you need and how do you organize your kitchen gear to create gourmet meals? Please note: This class is about gear and not actually cooking.

TAKING CARE OF THE OUTDOORS

Learn the seven principles of Leave No Trace and the steps we can take to make the outdoors a better place.

BEAR AWARENESS

Bears are part of the outdoors. We will discuss tips to avoid encountering bears and what to do if you do meet a bear.

DAY HIKING BASICS

Whether hitting the trail for the first time or looking to update your gear, this session is for anyone who enjoys a good day hike.