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Welcome to our high adventure learning laboratory! On Prairie Woods' challenge course and climbing walls your group will learn--and teach each other--about communication, cooperation, creative problem solving, and courage.

Since 1996, more than 100,000 people, ages four to 90+, have participated in Challenge Course programs at Prairie Woods. Challenge Course users include school groups, high school and college athletic teams, church youth groups, local camps, YMCAs, alternative schools, students senates and leadership organizations, 4H, FFA, scouts, families, and corporate retreat groups. We welcome groups from across Minnesota and beyond.

Prairie Woods' high quality, multi-faceted facility includes:

  • A 40 foot tall three-sided outdoor climbing tower
  • Two Giant Ladders
  • Two Flying Squirrels
  • ​An indoor climbing wall

What is most important for your group?

Challenge Course programs are customized for each group. Choose from five areas of emphasis, or let us know specifically what you are looking for.


  • Team-building and cooperation
  • Personal confidence & leadership
  • Problem-solving & critical thinking
  • Physical fitness
  • Understanding diversity

Cost-savings for your school or organization: The Adventure Co-op

Adventure programming at Prairie Woods has always been a community effort. Membership in the Adventure Co-op is open to schools, camps, human service agencies, and other organizations interested in partnering for high-quality programs and cost-savings.

How does it work? 

Staff from Co-op member organizations are trained to co-facilitate challenge course experiences. Your staff are already the experts on your students and clients....through Challenge Course facilitator training they become experts on the menu of activities at Prairie Woods. Together, we then customize adventure experiences to target the issues, goals, and objectives important to your group.

Member benefits:

  • Significant discounts on Challenge Course programs.
  • On-going program design consultation and supervision.
  • Enriched skills and diversified work experiences for your staff.
  • Exciting program options!
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Member responsibilities:

  • Maintain high standards for safety and quality by attending trainings.
  • Provide co-facilitator staff for programs scheduled by/for your organization.
  • Explore collaborations with other Adventure Co-op members to create excellent adventure education opportunities for our region.
  • Support the Adventure Co-op by paying a yearly membership dues. Membership costs are quickly recovered by Adventure Co-op discounts.

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