It’s summer, and time to get off the sofa. The folks at Discover Outdoors have a mission: to connect the community and improve quality of life through meaningful outdoor experiences. They’ve been hosting the Outdoor Rise Annual Adventure Festival since 1982 with an eye to protecting the environment as they inspire urban adventurers to do everything from yoga and photography to Bronx River Boat rides and rock climbing. Today, you can start early at a yoga retreat in Central Park, followed by trail running in Forest Hills, an adventure photography course, and an Outback cooking lesson (“Learn to be a backcountry gourmet”). If you’re not afraid of a little water, try stand-up paddle boarding at Pier 66. At 8 a.m., continues through Friday, various locations.

Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. Starts: June 23. Continues through June 27, 2014