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Challenge Course

Over the summer of 2014, the Smith College Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability [CEEDS] constructed a new "low elements" challenge course at the Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station. This exciting new resource was made possible by a generous donation from Trish Jackson, former Vice President of Development for the College. The 13-element course was designed and constructed by High 5 Adventure, based in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The challenge course provides student organizations, houses, outdoor programs, athletic teams, classes, student government leadership, residential life staff, and administrative and academic departments to engage in safe and challenging activities that can bring groups closer together, reveal important issues about power dynamics, and improve communication strategies. Working through some elements with a group can also be just plain fun!

Elements include:

Challenge Course Use Request

Please submit requests at least 2 - 3 weeks in advance. We may not be able to grant every request for use of the challenge course. We will make every effort to do so, but as we develop a solid group of trained facilitators we may not be able to accommodate every request.

Modifications and accommodations can be made on some of the components of our challenge course. Please let us know if you need disability access information or accommodation requests. The challenge course is closed in the winter.

Challenge Course Trained facilitators

Amanda Anderson, Summer Programs
Tamra Bates, Office of Student Engagement
Reid Bertone-Johnson, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability [CEEDS]
Joanne Benkley, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability [CEEDS]
B Buehring, Student Affairs
Rachel Cook,Exercise and Sports Study
Hannah Durrant, Residence Life
Stefanie Frazee, Outdoor Programs
Jo Glading-DiLorenzo, Project Coach [JCCE]
Sam Intrator, Project Coach [JCCE]
Emma Kerr, Office of Campus Sustainability
Susannah Howe, Engineering
Scott Johnson, Outdoor Programs
Sara Lark, Lewis Global Studies Center [LGSC]
Sara McGuire, Office of Student Engagement
Stacey Steinbach, Office of Student Affairs
Meg Thacher, Astronomy
Paul Wetzel, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability [CEEDS]

Questions about the Challenge Course can be directed to challengecourse@smith.edu