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The Stowe Heights Challenge Course is located on the east side of Des Moines in the woods behind Stowe Elementary. Programs are designed for both youth and adult teams and are crafted for a mixture of purposeful play, team building, and reflection. Stowe Heights programming is guided by the principle of Challenge by Choice. Each participant is invited to engage and choose the level of their challenge. 

The course is outside in a residential neighborhood. The terrain is hilly, uneven in some areas, flat in others. There are grassy areas, dirt paths, paved sidewalks, and mulched areas. The canopy of the old-growth trees can provide a 5-10 degree drop in temperature when going from sun to shade. Groups have access to picnic tables for lunch as needed and portable restrooms are on site. There is no running water.

program pricing:

The pricing of our programs is largely dependent upon the scope of your session and what you want to achieve. Each group we build a program for is different. It depends on the number of participants, the goals of the experience, and the length of the experience.


PRICING: All Pricing are baseline (starting at) prices:



*$ “starting at” pricing is intended to help estimate the cost of programming for groups. Multiple variables come into play including but not limited to, actual numbers, customization, and staffing needs. This is what it costs our non-profit organization in operations. A matching scholarship fund has been developed to assist groups in need of resources. To apply for this scholarship please fill out this scholarship application.



The Stowe Heights Challenge Course is open seasonally from May - October, Monday - Friday between 9a-5p (and sometimes on weekends) for programming.

We are available for portable programming year-round.


In order to be effective with our programming, we require a minimum of 8 participants.  Group costs are determined by the required number of facilitators to appropriately staff your particular group.  Stowe Heights can serve groups of 8-50 participants at a time. As group size increases, so does the program length when the high course is included in the program design.  Expect to need 2 hours for the high course portion for every 10-15 participants. 

Group Sizes:

how to find us:

The Stowe Heights Challenge Course is located behind Stowe Elementary School in Grays Woods. The main access point to the location can be found off Dubuque Ave. 

We are located at:

3516 Dubuque Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50317


mailing address:

1446 MLK Jr. Pkwy - Des Moines, IA 50314

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