Teams Challenge Course
and Jeffrey's Climbing Tower
Add power, energy and new levels of cooperation to your group!
An amazing experience awaits your group at the Teams Challenge Course, nestled in the woods of Meadowhill Park. The Course consists of a series of outdoor activities, cooperative games, trust initiatives and team-building exercises designed to assist in personal and professional development.
For more than 20 years, the Course has challenged diverse groups to explore the adventures of teamwork by:
- Setting goals
- Sharing ideas
- Overcoming obstacles
Based on an experiential approach to learning, a facilitator will provide your group with a customized team-building program that can help develop lifelong benefits, such as:
- Increased self-confidence
- Improved problem-solving abilities
- Effective communication skills
- Cooperation for effective teamwork
- Awareness of strengths and limitations
- Trust in yourself and others
- Improved strength and agility
- Coping skills for handling anxiety
As individuals stretch the boundaries of their comfort zones, they learn to work together to triumph over difficult tasks. Both the Teams Challenge Course and the Climbing Tower operate under a “Challenge by Choice” philosophy, allowing individuals to choose their level of involvement and responsibility.
The challenge programs connect the adventure and discovery process to real-life issues that represent significant challenges. After each activity, participants share their insights about the group process and relate the initiative to work or school. Our facilitators encourage the team members to consider changing how they think and act in order to function more effectively.
Jeffrey’s Climbing Tower
Experience an exciting, high-level adventure!
Jeffrey’s Tower rises 30 feet into the air, offering four climbing routes with various degrees of difficulty. Participants will experience a sense of:
- Strength and power
- Risk taking
- Problem solving
- Goal setting
The Climbing Tower was built and dedicated in 1998. It was donated in memory of Jeffrey Burdick, whose spirit reminds climbers of “the places you’ll go, if only you try.”
The Park District offers a variety of programs for participants, ages 10 and up, with an average group size of 8-12 people. The Teams Course is available for programs year-round, with a minimum length of four hours and maximum of eight hours. The challenge programs can include cooperative activities, the Teams Course and the Climbing Tower.
All facilitators are trained annually and CPR/First Aid certified, with backgrounds in education, counseling, adventure programming or training and development.
Traveling Teams Challenge
If your group can’t make it to our Teams Challenge Course, we’ll bring the challenges to you! Experienced facilitators will plan a series of cooperative games, trust initiatives and team-building exercises designed to assist in personal and professional development. Your office, school or group can set goals, share ideas and overcome obstacles while enjoying an unusual adventure. Travel programs are based on the needs of your group and designed to fit the space available at your site, indoors or outside.
For more information on programs and available dates, contact Lynda Blacker at 847·274·0527 or
Reactions from our Customers
"It's the fourth year I've been out here – I think it's outstanding, and I think the facilitators are just excellent…" Tensley Garris, President, Northbrook Chamber of Commerce & Industry
“This is a brilliant facility and brilliant work led by some brilliant people.” David Barker, Maine East High School Principal, Park Ridge
“We had a great time and realized that we can solve problems as a group when we actually work as a team.” Heather Rogers, Teacher, Northfield
If your group is ready for a challenging adventure, check out the Teams Challenge Course and the Jeffrey's Climbing Tower in Meadowhill Park. To begin bonding, develop communication skills or just enjoy outdoor adventures, give us a call. Come to the Northbrook Park District for your team-building program, or we can bring a program to your location.
For availability, fees and additional information, call Lynda Blacker at 847·274·0527.