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All membership and locker services are transitioning from in-person to online. Email recsportsmemberservices@umich.edu so one of our team members can assist you!

Adventure Leadership

Beginning August 11, face coverings will be required in all Recreational Sports facilities regardless of vaccination status.
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What makes your group tick? Or not? Our facilitators use fun, interactive activities to get people laughing while they explore team dynamics, challenge the status quo and discover new ways to communicate, collaborate and work better together.



Adventure Leadership team building programs are great for work teams, community organizations, families—any group who wants to learn, grow and have fun.

Our experiential education philosophy allows everyone to engage at their own pace and comfort level. Our programs can focus on physical challenges or activities that are more based on strategy and collaboration. All programs are customized specifically for your groups’ interests and skill level.

We offer onsite opportunities at the Adventure Education Center, a 150-acre site in northeast Ann Arbor. Our beautiful, wooded facility includes a multi-element low course, 45-foot climbing tower, a two-tiered high ropes courses, a zip line and a 3,000 square foot building perfect for meetings, retreats or conferences.

Our Adventure Education Center courses and challenge elements are safety inspected every year to meet the standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.

If you’d like to treat your group to breakfast or lunch, Michigan Catering has a variety of options that are perfect for indoor or outdoor dining.

Our Programs

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Virtual Connection

Looking to bring your next Zoom meeting to a new level? In this ever-changing world, the ability to handle difficult or unexpected problems over virtual platforms has become critical. This program encourages groups to establish communication channels and solidify work-from-home practices through activities that allow participants to assess situations, navigate challenges, and identify solutions through a variety of free software programs. For an even more hands-on experience, print-ahead activity documents and prop packet deliveries are options available for an additional fee.

  • Goals: Create or strengthen virtual group norms, experiment with styles of distance communication, and build rapport
  • Program Capacity: Up to 100 participants
  • Program Length: 1-2.5 hours (Mini Course)
Create Community

This is our most popular program! It’s an excellent choice for groups who are just starting to work together, or groups who work with limited interaction at the same location. Examples include long-distance colleagues, academic cohorts, sports teams, community organizations, and recreational groups. This program uses games and puzzles along with mental and physical challenges to stimulate collaboration, engagement, and excitement.

  • Goals: Get know each other, build connections, use problem-solving skills, and enjoy a shared experience
  • Program Capacity: Up to 65 people onsite or 120 people offsite (depending on location)
  • Program Length: 3–5 hours (Short Day)
Deeper Dive

Deeper Dive is perfect for groups who know each other and have a history of working or interacting regularly. Typical groups include corporate departments, leadership teams, work groups, academic cohorts entering a new year, or nonprofit organizations.

  • Goals: Strengthen relationships, improve communication, practice collaboration, develop trust, and have fun
  • Program Capacity: Up to 65 people onsite or 80 people offsite (depending on location)
  • Program Length: 3–7 hours (Short Day or Full Day)
Advanced Team Building

This program is great for groups who have strong bonds or have worked closely together over an extended period of time. This program is also perfect for groups who are returning to the Adventure Leadership Team Center. Typical groups include corporate departments, leadership teams, existing work groups, or nonprofit organizations ready to reach a new level.

  • Goals: Strengthen relationships, develop efficient communication skills, improve collaboration, employ strategic thinking, and identify opportunities for increased success
  • Program Capacity: Up to 30 people onsite or offsite (depending on location)
  • Program Length: 6–7 hours (Full Day), or multiple 3 – 5 hour sessions (Short Days)
End on a High Note

The use of high-adventure elements challenges groups in new physical and mental ways, enhancing our Team Building offerings. If your group wants to elevate your program, you can add a high-adventure experience for an extra adrenaline-fueled memory. Groups can choose to take on our climbing tower, the two-tiered high-ropes course, or the zipline. Though each high-adventure experience adds a degree of perceived risk, we maintain the highest safety standards when we’re challenging the limits of a group’s comfort zone.

  • Goals: Explore and address issues of mutual support, individual challenge, and risk-taking
  • Program Capacity:  Tower: Up to 60 people per day; High Ropes: Up to 48 people per day
  • Program Length: Additional 2–4 hours per group of 30 people, depending on selection
Give Back

Is your group looking to make an impact in the community and have a creative bonding experience? Give Back programs are ideal as a conference break, during an annual meeting, as a project wrap-up celebration, or as an end-of-year event.

  • Goals: Spread goodwill, encourage ingenuity, and enjoy a shared experience
  • Program Capacity: Up to 32 people onsite or 50 people offsite (25 square feet per person required)
  • Program Length: Short day (3–5 hours)

Mini Golf Big Impact You’ll first complete a series of high-spirit challenges to earn as many cans, jars, and boxes of food as possible. Then you’ll create a putt-putt golf course out of the materials and play a tournament. Prizes will be awarded for lowest scores and best design. The event concludes with all the food items being donated to a local charity or food bank.

Night Zip for Scholarship Zipline under the moonlight with glow sticks and head lamps. End the evening around the campfire with sweet s’mores to snack on. Night Zip proceeds go toward supporting outdoor activities for underprivileged U‑M students.

Embark on an Excursion

We’ll help you plan all-inclusive, multi-day trips for groups of up to 12 people. These excursions include transportation, trip leaders, camping gear, food, instruction, and facilitation.

Mini Course

Need a break from the normal routine and have only a limited amount of time? Mini Courses are a fun-filled way to bring the team together for a quick escape and are ideal for work groups, volunteer organizations, and social groups.

  • Goals: Build camaraderie, increase energy, and share an experience
  • Program Capacity: Up to 100 people virtually, 65 people onsite, or 120 people offsite
  • Program Length: 2.5 hours or less
BYOA (Build Your Own Adventure)

These adventures are excellent for large, competitive groups looking for a shared experience. Small teams within the group will work together to complete mentally and physically challenging tasks to score the points, all while exploring the environment together. This program generates lots of frame-worthy photo ops and action shots!

  • Goals: Get to know each other, build connections, leap in, and have fun
  • Program Capacity: Up to 65 people onsite or 200 people offsite (depending on location)
  • Program Length: 3–5 hours (Short Day)

Rates, Options & Inquiries

Identify your type of group.
Select a program type.
Pick a duration for your program.
Select the season in which you’d like to have your challenge.
Set the desired location.

Pick a choice for each of the questions above to calculate a rate.

Program rates are determined by your choices. You can submit an inquiry after a rate has been calculated.

These options will cost $0.00 per person.

Ready to submit your inquiry? We just need some final information.

For your custom program, please finish the inquiry form and an Adventure Leadership staff member will contact you with further information.

Challenge Program Inquiry
Customize your program with our additional offerings — we’ll discuss your choices when we reach out to you.

Open High Adventure Days

Adventure Leadership invites you to join us for Open High Adventure Days! Drop in for a spin on our high ropes course or climbing tower. Or, engage with the sprawling woods, open fields, and running river on our property to learn more about eco wellness. Adventure awaits!

All Open High Adventure Days run 6:00pm – 9:00pm on the following dates:

  • September 9, 2021
  • September 28, 2021
  • October 7, 2021
  • October 26, 2021
  • November 11, 2021
  • November 30, 2021

Location: Adventure Education Center at Radrick Property, 1120 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Cost: Free!

Past Programs


  • Please wear closed-toe shoes with heel strap. Long shorts or pants are recommended.
  • You will be asked to sign a waiver and complete a medical form before participating.
  • We will bring any necessary equipment. Personal equipment is not allowed on the course.
  • You will be using safety systems, climbing equipment and spotting techniques as directed by staff members.
  • We do not allow participation of anyone who appears to be under the influence alcohol or drugs.
  • Programs that include groups with less than eight participants will be charged at eight participants.
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