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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!

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Challenge Course Use Request

Thank you for your interest in the Smith College Challenge Course! We're currently undergoing an update for both trained facilitators and available resources. The goal of this project is to provide the Smith community with better access and dynamic Challenge Course experiences.

We appreciate your patience during this update, and will reopen the online Use Request Form in spring 2019. If you have any questions, please email Sfrazee@smith.edu.