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Challenge Course

Wellness and Recreation offers a variety of team and leadership development programs to university groups, community organizations and corporate groups.

Groups will work through a variety of activities including icebreakers, problem-solving initiatives and low course elements. Group members will quickly establish a sense of camaraderie and teamwork, while developing an atmosphere of cooperation and trust.

Groups will push beyond their perceived limits as individuals and as a team to expand their comfort zone, build self-confidence and overcome self-imposed barriers while motivating and encouraging each other.

Begin with low course teambuilding followed by a high course adventure, perfect for any group seeking the best of both experiences.

Bring the challenge to you. Developmental activities will be facilitated at a location that is convenient for your group. Additional travel costs may be assessed.

  • Low Ropes Initiatives: Get a traditional challenge course experience with teamwork, trust-building, communication and problem-solving activities.
  • Unlock the Box: Collaborate as a group to apply critical thinking and communication skills in order to solve puzzles and strengthen team bonds.
  • VR Headset Communication Challenge: Utilizing virtual reality headsets, this “Keep Talking” activity focuses on building communication and teamwork in order to solve puzzles in a virtual world.

Rates effective July 1, 2023.

NC State Student GroupsNC State Faculty/Staff/ Affiliate GroupsNon-Profit Community GroupsCorporate and Other Groups
Half-Day | Low Course/Mobile Teambuilding$40/participant$45/participant$50/participant$75/participant
Half-Day | High or Combo Course$45/participant$50/participant$55/participant$80/participant
Full-Day | Low or High Course$60/participant$70/participant$80/participant$95/participant
Groups that do not bring their scheduled number of participants may be charged a per-participant, no-show fee. Cancellations must be made at least seven days in advance to avoid a cancelation fee. All participants must fill out a Participation Agreement and read the Course Information and Rules.


The Outdoor Adventure team can assist your group in determining which program best meets your needs, and find a date and time that works for you. All reservations must be made at least two (2) weeks before your desired program date to provide adequate staff and facilities.


The Jim Wall Challenge Course, named for NC State College of Natural Resources graduate and founder of Challenge Design Innovations (CDI), was built in 2009 through the generous donation of equipment, materials and time of Jim Wall and the CDI team. The course is located six miles from Main Campus in Schenck Forest, a 245-acre plot managed by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources for research and teaching.


Challenge Course Coordinator
P: (919) 513-1662

Day-of-program Emergencies:
P: (919) 605-1346