A challenge course is a combination of mental and physical challenges requiring groups to work as a team to accomplish goals. Through a series of fun and unusual activities, participants learn valuable information about themselves, each other, and the group as a unit.   By removing people from their usual environment and placing them in a new, unique setting, a challenge course experience fosters shared learning, openness, and cooperation. 


Low elements take place on the ground or up to 3' above the ground. High elements are usually constructed on utility poles up to 40' above the ground and requires harnesses and additional safety equipment.

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Course Details

The Stowe Heights Challenge Course is structured to serve participants 10 yrs and older. Programming is tailored to meet the unique needs and objectives of each group. Examples of groups Stowe Heights has worked with include school groups, youth and adult leadership groups, religious organizations, sports teams, medical teams and businesses.  Any group that enjoys a change of scenery and the opportunity to build relationships, build their creativity, explore aspects of communication and understanding or be inspired by each other's strengths are likely to benefit from a day at Stowe Heights. 

  • located on 2 acres of woods behind Stowe Elementary

  • This double decker high course is in the shape of a squared off figure-8 and is wheel chair accessible.  

  • Scattered in the woods surrounding the High Course are the low course elements.  These are built 1-3' above the ground and are designed to help groups hone in on elements of positive team building and resource management. 

  • Stowe Heights is wheelchair accessible and with the help of organizations such as  Iowa's University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), we are working to move efforts forward to provide opportunities for all. 

If you are interested in speaking to our staff to develop an experience to meet your objectives, please contact stoweheights@cyconcepts.org or call 515-243-4292.