Evergreen Announces Reopening of Challenge Course

OLYMPIA, Wash. – After months of hard work from The Outdoor Program staff, Evergreen is excited to announce the opening of the new and revamped challenge course on the campus of The Evergreen State College.

The course, which includes over 12 low-element team challenges as well as four high elements, is designed for groups that are looking to build teamwork, communication and problem solving while having fun at the same time.  Take a “leap of faith” 40 feet off the ground and swing on a trapeze, speed down the 500 foot double zip line, play around on the vertical playpen, and use teamwork to defeat the giant’s ladder in an action-packed day of excitement!

“The TOP program, led by student coordinator Rob Healy and his throng of staff and SOS students Dave Robb and Conner Abdelnoor were the driving factors in the establishment and rebuilding of the course,” said recreation coordinator Chris Ertman. “Interns and SOS students spent hours upon hours in the rain, snow, sleet, and hail every day clearing trails, building challenges, removing homeless encampments and excess trash until the project was complete.”

The course is ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) certified and many of the elements were built from fallen trees from our very own evergreen forest and most of the materials were recycled from the old course that was closed down in 2005.

Trained facilitators will guide your group in progressive challenges, making sure your group gets the most out of every experience.  If you have an end goal or desire, our facilitators can develop a program specific to meet your group’s needs.

There are a variety of packages available, ranging from three-hour sessions all the way to full day and overnight experiences.  We are now taking reservations and are offering a special June discount for all Academic programs that want to break up the end of the school year slump.

For more information, including to make a reservation, please contact Chris Ertman at ertmanc@evergreen.edu or 360-867-6520.

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