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Since 1994, ArborTrek Canopy Adventures' President, Michael Smith, has provided adventure challenge programming to students in schools throughout southeast Michigan, eastern New York, northern Ohio, and, now, northern Vermont. During this time, programs he has managed have delivered adventure experiences to more than one-hundred-eighty thousand students. A great many teachers and school administrators are familiar with the benefits of these programs to their student populations. Fewer know that the same programs can yield equally valuable results for the school staff who regularly bring their students to our and other courses.


Over the years we have designed programs to meet a variety of staff development needs for school personnel. These offerings can be presented in the context of a staff retreat, on-site as part of an in-service day, in open enrollment classes at our own facilities, or to self-organized groups at a site of their own choosing. Here is a sampling of what we have to offer.

  • Team Building for Teachers and Staff. A half-day or full-day program of group initiatives for adults instead of kids.
  • Adventure Challenge Awareness Session. A full-day hands-on introduction to adventure challenge programming with students.
  • Facilitator Training. Instruction in basic to advanced facilitating skills for low and high element challenge course programs.
  • Curricular Development. Instruction and consultation for teachers who wish to include adventure challenge in the school curriculum.


So-called "group initiatives," involving real and imaginary ground-based obstacles, present physical, mental, and emotional challenges that invite teacher groups to explore teamwork strategies and demonstrate for themselves the importance of planning, cooperation, and effective communication. The success of a group in meeting the challenges of an initiatives sequence will depend not only upon individual strengths but also upon creativity, tenacity, strategic planning, shared risk taking, effective resource allocation, and the ability to create a climate in which group members are able to trust each other and in which each member’s contributions are recognized and valued. In the process, teachers should discover their collective power to meet the ongoing challenges of work at school. Whatever the focus of the program, nearly every teacher group will come away from the experience with a renewed sense of community and common purpose.

Programs are specially tailored to the needs of each group served, and the activities selected are designed to include all group members without regard to physical or medical limitations.



For more information on our adventure challenge program offerings for teachers and school faculty, please contact Michael Smith at (802) 465-1007.
A more detailed overview of our programs, including rates, cancellation policy, bad weather policy, map and directions, and participant requirements and restrictions are available in our School, Youth, and Community Guide.

pdf Download School, Youth, and Community Group Guide
pdf Download Participant Agreement

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Jeffersonville, VT 05464
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