Outdoor Adventures


These goal-oriented programs help build social skills and confidence in an atmosphere of fun and excitement.  Groups who work together toward a common goal also learn vital teamwork skills as they enjoy nature and fresh air.  Spring and fall programs fill quickly and space is limited. Please reserve your date as early as possible. Programs are available at:

Manasquan Reservoir, 331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell
Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft 
Turkey Swamp Park, 200 Georgia Road, Freehold

For more information, call 732-842-4000, ext. 4240

1.  Outdoor Adventure Challenge Courses   This experiential adventure features activities that involve some risk-taking.  Participants may be accommodated regardless of age, physical limitation or ability.  Rope activities involve climbing on a maze of ropes/cables located in trees and on poles; the Climbing Wall is a 35 ft. wooden surface with climbing holds made of resin to simulate rock.      

a. Low Ropes Challenge Course -Thompson Park     
This course has approximately 30 activities, ranging from warm-ups to complex climbing challenges held 1 to 10 feet off the ground.
Ages 10 and up 4 – 6 hours  Group Size: 36 MAX/8 MIN

 b. High Ropes Challenge Course - Thompson Park     
This course has 3 different climbing challenges, held 30 feet off the ground.  Groups   
 should complete Cooperative Games or a Low Rope Challenge course prior to this 
Ages 12 and up 4 – 6 hours  Group Size: 24 MAX/8 MIN

c. Climbing Wall Challenge - Thompson Park    
Participants are belayed from the ground as they work on building confidence and
 physical coordination with the support of their team.
Ages 10 and up 1 – 2 hours  Group Size: 12 MAX/8 MIN

2.  Other Group Challenge Activities

a. Icebreaker Activities  - Thompson Park or your choice of site 
Designed for groups who want to increase their comfort level—these activities are about
having fun!  If your high-energy group is looking for some non-competitive, indoor/outdoor activities, this is the program for them. 
Ages 8 and up          1 – 2 hours         Group Size: 45 MAX/8 MIN

b. Cooperative Games  - Thompson Park or your choice of site
Participants get a chance to develop skills that support effective teamwork, such as trust-building and problem-solving. Designed for groups that do not have a lot of time.
Ages 10 and up           2 hours              Group Size: 36 MAX/8 MIN

3.  Clinics, Samplers and More          

a. Canoe Clinics  -  Any county park with lake access
This introduction to basic canoeing covers safe boating habits and techniques.
Ages 8 and up          1 – 2 hours           Group Size: 24 MAX/8 MIN   
b. Cross Country Ski Clinics  -  Thompson Park 
This introduction to basic cross-country skiing can be conducted with or without snow. 
Ages 8 and up           1 – 2 hours           Group Size: 12 MAX/8 MIN  
c. Snow Shoe Clinics   -  Thompson Park
Learn the basics of snow shoeing while enjoying nature at the same time. Requires snow.
Ages 8 and up           1 – 2 hours           Group Size: 12 MAX/8 MIN   
d. Samplers  -   Thompson Park
Try a variety of different activities; the Summer Sampler is a canoe clinic, hiking and games; the Winter Sampler is a cross country ski or snow shoe clinic, plus games.
Ages 10 and up           3 – 4 hours            Group Size: 36 MAX/8 MIN  
e. Orienteering   -  Thompson Park   
This class teaches basic compass techniques; a compass course and scavenger hunt  help develop critical thinking skills, cooperation and trust .        
Ages 10 and up             4 hours             Group Size: 24 MAX/8 MIN
f. Archery    -   Turkey Swamp Park 
This introduction to basic archery covers proper shooting stance and archery range rules 
and safety.
Ages 8 and up             1 – 2 hours              Group Size: 12 MAX/8 MIN

ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST: hiking, rock climbing, overnight camping.

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