Field Education

Out in Nature, into Science

Doug Walker Challenge Course

The Doug Walker Challenge Course is an outdoor, experiential obstacle course on the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools. It is an educational resource to help groups work together more effectively, to promote leadership and teamwork and to help individuals develop self-awareness and confidence. We also incorporate educational themes to teach students and participants about scientific topics and concepts.

The course is of a series of obstacles made with rope, cable and wood. It is a custom built course which includes low obstacles (two to three feet above ground) and high obstacles (ten to forty feet above ground). The obstacles challenge individual skills and encourage group cooperation towards successful completion.

Our challenge course offers team building events and exciting, challenging activities for groups of all ages and abilities. The low course offers no-fear activities, while the high course challenges your senses and skills while building confidence and team work.

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Youth and Family Programs

A variety of activities can be incorporated into your group experience, including premier wildlife viewing, hiking adventures, canoe trips, educational tours and team building events.

School & Youth Groups

Use the challenge course to help students develop a better understanding of science, mathematics or physics, which they can take back to the classroom. Bring your extra-curricular club, scout troop or sports team for a day on the course that will allow them to develop leadership and teamwork skills.

Families & Friends

Zip, traverse, swing and have a blast with family and friends. We infuse course activities with outdoor learning for a fun, enjoyable event for the entire group. You’re sure to have an exhilarating experience and create long-lasting memories.

Professional Development

Bring a team of co-workers to participate in a customized program designed to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace. Challenge course activities encourage group problem solving, communication, goal setting, leadership and cooperation. Participants can then transfer and apply their new strengths to improve workplace performance.

Retreats & Events

The Doug Walker Challenge Course is the perfect complement to any event at Teton Science Schools or in Jackson Hole. Our team of professional facilitators will customize programming to engage your group in a number of activities including teamwork, group problem solving, effective communication, systems thinking and risk taking. The challenge course can also be a fun addition to wedding or special event.

About Doug Walker

Doug Walker loved life, his family, and the mountains. Teaching at Teton Science Schools in 1992, he dreamed of constructing a challenge course in Jackson Hole, facilitating growth for participants through experiential learning. Doug died from injuries sustained in a climbing accident in Grand Teton National Park on September 23, 1993. In May of 1995, Doug’s friends and family brought his dream of a challenge course to reality elsewhere in the valley. In 2013 the course was relocated to the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools.

The new course builds on Doug's original vision by incorporating state of the art design, features and construction. It enables community members and visitors alike to experience customized and interdisciplinary learning that incorporates science, place and leadership in an extraordinary setting. Thank you to all of the donors who made Doug's vision a reality!

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