Challenge Course

December 15 – January 7    Adjusted hours during Winter Break @ all rec locations.    View timetable

Challenge Course

Life is full of challenges. Challenges can be opportunities for personal growth, development and self-discovery. Do more than you ever imagined. Work with a team to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles. Learn when to lead and when to follow.

Challenge Programming at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln offers activities and initiatives to bring your group together in new ways. Our goal is to strategically design a progressive program to enhance leadership, communication and teamwork. High elements, such as the Alpine Tower and Double Tree Diamond, build confidence and trust.

A variety of groups with diverse goals utilize UNL's Challenge Programming. Many university organizations aim to build teamwork and develop their leadership. Athletic teams often strive to build trust and improve communication. Corporate groups further develop by strategizing as a team in fun new contexts. For youth groups, often the day is about fun and getting to know each other better. Visit our Programming page to learn what plan best fits your group's needs.

Challenge your group to be their best. Contact us today to talk about the possibilities.

Programming

Is your group up to the challenge?

Every group is unique, with its unique goals for improvement. When you contact us to schedule your programming, please consider some of the commonly requested themes listed below. Consider one of these, a combination, or tell us your unique goals.

  • Fun and community building
  • Time Management
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Teamwork and Team building
  • Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Conflict Management
  • Self-Awareness
  • Communication
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • Experiential Activities to tie to Classroom Experience
  • Trust Development

Short-day programming
If your time is limited, programming can be designed for 50 minutes to 2 hours. The focus of this program is fun and getting to know one each other. This program is held on campus.

Half-day programming
A half day (3 hours) at the Challenge Course begins will fun activities to set the tone for the day and bring the group together. Early activities include get-to-know-you activities, stretching, tag and a progression to activities that require more teamwork and strategy to complete.


Full-day programming
A full day (6-7 hours) at the Challenge Course can consist of low elements all day or half-day program in the morning, and then progressing to high elements in the afternoon. High element options include the Alpine Tower, Double Tree Diamond, Giant Swing by Choice and the Carolina Straight Wall. Throughout the day, activities will progress, leading to more challenging activities.


Multi-day programming
This option offers flexibility over time. Whether your group comes multiple days in a row or one afternoon a week throughout a month, your group will have deeper development opportunities. Between programming, your group has time to absorb and process what was experienced and learned each session. Also, programming is designed to progressively build upon the previous experience with fresh activities each session.


High-only programming
If your group is looking to have a fun, bonding experience this may be an option for your group. High-only programming can be half or a full day at the course. High elements include the Alpine Tower, Double Tree Diamond, Giant Swing by Choice and the Carolina Straight Wall.


Indoor Climbing Wall
If your group is interested in climbing, we have an indoor climbing wall at UNL Campus Recreation. The 2600+ sq .ft. climbing wall is a unique experience that offers numerous climbing routes, a artificial crevice, and a 45 degree overhang. For 2-3 hours, your group can learn technical climbing skills and techniques while incorporating short-duration program themes.


Outdoor Climbing Wall
If your group would prefer to climb outdoors, we have the Carolina Straight Wall located at the Challenge Course. The design of this wall offers a variety of low-angle, vertical, and challenging overhanging terrain for a diverse group. A small platform at top allows for rappel practice and litter lowers. For 2-3 hours, your group can learn technical climbing skills and techniques while incorporating short-duration program themes.

Registration & Fees

To schedule your time at the Challenge Course, first consider your group and its goals.

  • Types of groups: We work will all groups! This includes corporate organizations, non-profits, community groups, university organizations, athletic teams, etc.
  • Group size: Minimum = 10 individuals. Maximum = 100. Groups with fewer than 10 participants may be limited to activities you can due just because you do not have enough people to do them safely.
  • Age: Programming is designed for 12 years of age or older. If you have a younger group, please call to talk about other options.
  • Scheduling timeline: Schedule your program at least two weeks in advance. Not only does this improve the chances of booking your desired day and time, it also allows your group and our staff time to prepare.
  • Review the programming options page to find the best fit for your group. If you have questions, call Kyle Hansen, Coordinator for Outdoor Adventures, at (402) 472-4703.

Program Prices

Group Type
Full Day
Price/Participant
Half Day
Price/Participant
UNL Student/RSO/CREC Member
$15.00
$10.00
UNL Department (No UPFF)
$25.00
$15.00
Non UNL Affiliated Organization (Community Organization)
$30.00-$110.00
$20.00-$110.00
Customized Corporate Programming (For Profit Organization)
$45.00-$110.00
$30.00-$110.00

 
Location and Directions
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Challenge Course is located at 6900 W. Superior St., Lincoln, NE (approximately 9 miles west of UNL city campus). Download a map here.

Our Facilities at the Course

Upon arrival, you will find a gravel parking lot. Restrooms with plumbing and a picnic shelter are available. Water will be provided, though participants are encouraged to bring water bottles to refill.

What to Wear

The Challenge Course is surrounded by prairie and all activities are held outdoors. Please prepare your group to be outdoors during your time at the course. Sunscreen, close-toed shoes, and comfortable clothing are recommended. Pants or shorts are best for high elements.

What to bring and what not to bring

Check the weather the night before you come. You may need sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Or you may need a pullover, gloves, or a rain jacket. We do provide drinkable water, but you may choose to bring an additional bottled beverage or a water bottle to refill. If your group will be at the course during a meal, please bring a cooler with food. Because we will be active outside, please leave all valuables at home or in vehicles. Cell phones and wallets may be kept at the picnic shelter. You are welcome to bring your camera.

Waivers and Medical Forms

All participants must fill out a wavier of liability form and a medical history form. Please note there is a minor form for those 18 years and younger. If possible, hand in the completed forms before your day at the course, or present all completed forms at the beginning of your program time. Our staff will review these before beginning programming to check for signatures and pertinent medical information.

Our Policies

  • SMOKING: By University Policy, smoking is prohibited in all areas.
  • LITTER: Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and help keep them that way. All litter should be placed in the trash cans or recycle containers that are provided, or carried out.
  • PETS & FIREARMS: Neither pets nor firearms are permitted at the Outdoor facility without prior written agreement.
  • LIABILITY AREAS: Please do not use any unauthorized areas (play fields, lake, maintenance buildings, or ropes course) without prior authorization and under proper supervision.
  • ALCOHOL/ DRUGS: Alcohol is prohibited on all UNL property including all Outdoor Adventure sponsored programs, workshops and training sessions. Drugs are prohibited unless prescribed by a physician.

Weather

Our staff is willing to work in a variety of weather situations, keeping your group's comfort level in mind. If weather conditions become unsafe, we will be forced to cancel the scheduled program. For example, we do not work during thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings, hail or lightning. Depending on programming, heavy rain may make it unsafe to continue.

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Alpine Tower Structure

The Alpine Tower II is a 50' tall structure that is great element for all abilities and ages. There are multiple ways to get started on the element, and even more choices for the climber once they are at the first platform;
(Leg climbs, corporate ladder, floating poles, missing link, cargo net, rope ladder, knotted rope, and the diabolical see- saw). The difficulty of the climb is up to the climber

Climbers can enjoy the tower by them self, with several partner(s), and even tethered together with a rope.

Program lengths 1-15+ days

Double Tree Diamond

The Double Tree Diamond course was only the 9th built in the world in 2001. It has 10 different obstacles that have your feet 43' from the ground.
Many obstacles can be done as an individual, while other events require you to have a partner. The difficulty of the event is up to the climber, and what challenge they are willing to accept.

Program lengths 1-5+days

Giant Swing By Choice

The Giant Swing By Choice is a giant swing. The Swinger is attached to a cable in the center of two poles. The group pulls the swinger up to 30' or as high as the person desires, which ever comes first. Then the swinger lets go of the release and swings back and forth.

This element can be used by itself with a group and some times is used with the other courses depending on the programming needs for the group.

Carolina Straigt Wall

This is the Carolina Straight Wall. It is a 50' tall climbing wall with 6 different climbing faces. Each route is different and is great for an afternoon of fun climbing or  can be dialed up to continue some intense team development.

 This is the one element we can groups off the ground and climbing during our half day program. Repelling and other ropes skills can also be taught on this element.

Program lengths 3 hours- 3 days

Team Developement Course

The Team Development Course is based off of cave rescue scenarios that require groups to use their leadership and communication skills to keep the group safely complete tasks. This course also can be programmed with less intense activities that facilitate learning and growth.

Program length 3 hours- 3 days

FAQ

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All group types are accepted. This includes corporate organizations, non-profits, community groups, university organizations, athletic teams, etc. Minimum group size is 10 individuals, with a maximum set at 100. Groups with fewer than 10 participants will not have as enjoyable an experience. Programming is designed for 12 years of age or older. If you have a younger group, please call to talk about other options. Also, UNL is an equal opportunity educator and employer with a comprehensive plan for diversity. We welcome persons with all abilities. Please inquire about the availability of accommodations for special needs. Also, we operate on "challenge by choice" basis. No participant is forced to do something they are not comfortable doing.

Safety is emphasized from the start of the day to the end, your safety is a priority for everyone on the course Instructors and participants both have a role in make the day successful and safe on the ground and in the air if that is part of the program! Course elements are regularly inspected, and maintained.

Safety is emphasized from the start of the day to the end, your safety is a priority for everyone on the course Instructors and participants both have a role in make the day successful and safe on the ground and in the air if that is part of the program! Course elements are regularly inspected, and maintained.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Challenge Course is located at 6900 W. Superior St., Lincoln, NE (approximately 9 miles west of UNL city campus). Download a map here.

The Challenge Course is surrounded by prairie and all activities are held outdoors. Please prepare your group to be outdoors during your time at the course. Sunscreen, close-toed shoes, and comfortable clothing are recommended. Pants or shorts are best for high elements.

Check the weather the night before you come. You may need sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Or you may need a pullover, gloves, or a rain jacket. We do provide drinkable water, but you may choose to bring an additional bottled beverage or a water bottle to refill. If your group will be at the course during a meal, please bring a cooler with food. Because we will be active outside, please leave all valuables at home or in vehicles. Cell phones and wallets may be kept at the picnic shelter. You are welcome to bring your camera.

If your group would like to eat a meal or snack while at the Challenge Course, you are welcome to bring your own. Our staff can help your group transport coolers & food from the parking lot to the course. Drinking water is provided; please bring your own refillable bottle.

Contact the Challenge Programming Coordinator, Kyle Hansen, at (402) 472-4703 to learn more about joining our team.

Our staff is willing to work in a variety of weather situations, keeping your group's comfort level in mind. If weather conditions become unsafe, we will be forced to cancel the scheduled program. For example, we do not work during thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings, hail or lightning. Depending on programming, heavy rain may make it unsafe to continue.

Contact Us

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Campus Recreation Center
841 N. 14th St. in the Outdoor Adventures Office
Lincoln, NE 68588-0232
(402-472-4777)

To directly contact the Coordinator for Outdoor Adventures, Kyle Hansen, call (402) 472-4703 or khansen2@unl.edu


*If you are ready to schedule your group at the course, please use click to go to the Request form. Thank you.


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