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Field Trips

Sarah L. Dickson,
Group Sales Coordinator

The Best Adventures for School Field Trips

The Adventure Center is the best outdoor experiential adventure for activities that cultivate leadership skills, team building, character development, and immersive learning!

We create exciting and competitive experiences designed to instill confidence, cooperation, communication, and connection between group members.     

Our adventures are not just for students, we also host teachers and administrators for a fun day of team bonding adventures outdoors at ACA!

              Choose one activity or group multiple programs together for a full day of adventure.  

School Field Trip Adventures

  • Asheville Treetops Adventure Park is the largest WNC challenge course in the trees with 70 unique climbing, rolling, and swinging elements in a wooded park on 7 aerial trails. With new technology, our smart clips keep all guests attached to our aerial trail cables until you are down on the ground. It is Challenge by Choice! Aerial trails range from Beginner to Intermediate levels.  Watch your group step out of their comfort zone to complete an aerial challenge while encouraging each other to create a team bonding atmosphere.
  • Group Cooperative Games are custom-created fun and competitive experiences designed to instill confidence, cooperation, communication, and connection between group members. We offer a program full of team challenges that focus on working together.  While completing their goal, they are engaged in high-excitement activities that require them to think outside of the box.  Packed with fun, your group will be challenged while laughing, joking, and having a ball! 
  • Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures is an urban canopy tour with 2 options: Asheville Zipline Tour with 9 ziplines and 1 sky bridge in treetop platforms on adventure towers with views of downtown. Or our abbreviated tour, the Asheville Skyline with 5 zips including our 1,200-foot lines. We use a hand-breaking system that teaches self-reliance and confidence.  Our extensive ground school and course options are created for group volume to minimize wait time. 
  • TreeQuest is recreational tree climbing on a large oak tree. Guests use specialized gear and techniques to climb on one of our stately oak trees using a rope without negatively affecting the tree. Climbers “inchworm” their way up one of our eight climbs that range in height. Then they can participate in a team-building exercise while “hanging out” in the tree! 
  • Kolo Bike Park is a mountain bike sampler pack designed for all rider levels.  With 2 pump tracks, a jump line, 4 miles of trails, a skills area, and scattered challenge features, Kolo is the perfect venue for your mountain bike team! 
  • Whitewater Rafting at 2 locations (Pigeon & Nantahala River) close to Asheville by our sister company, Wildwater. Ltd. Whether you are looking for a float trip or Class IV rapids, students will raft with our experienced guides to have a splash on the river!

Experiential Learning Programs: STEM/Wilderness Skills

Our adventure activities pair perfectly with our outdoor environmental education programs! We have designed hands-on programs with North Carolina and South Carolina state standards and outdoor survival skills in mind,  but they can be tailored to cover your school’s goals and standards. Our program staff has decades of education and experience in experiential education with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in the field. So we are excited to create an immersive learning experience for your students that encourages curiosity, teamwork, and fun!

Program options include: 

  • Zipline-polooza!  Students will experiment with how gravity, weight, friction, and other forces affect the motion of zipliners by building a small-scale model. Working in small groups, students will create their own design and then compete with other groups to see who can create the fastest zipline while keeping safety in mind. Add this to our Treetops Park or Ziplines so that students can experiment with and experience physics in action! 1-2 hours  NC & SC standards: NC 5.P.1, 7.P.1, 7.P.2, Psc.1.1, Phy.1.1, Phy.1.2; SC 4.S.1, 5.P.5, 6.P.3, 8.P.2, 8.P.3, H.P.2, H.P.3
  • Wilderness/Outdoor Survival Skills teach students what is essential in a survival situation.  Whether it is learning to build a primitive shelter, how to build & start a fire using primitive materials, or what items are truly essential for an outdoor outing, students will have a blast working together to “survive” in the woods! While also learning about “Leave No Trace” principles, students will practice some essential outdoor ethics. 1-2 hours
  • In our Lost & Found Orienteering program, students will learn how to use a topographic map and compass, then apply those skills to our orienteering course. Students then will work in small groups to navigate themselves to victory.  So with a little teamwork, they then go home with skills they can use in real life.  1-2 hours

    Our activities instill personal development and self-confidence, encourage cooperation with others, enrich problem-solving skills, and offer fun with a challenge.  While expanding your comfort zone, each person is supporting and planning with others in the team, developing positive relationships, building trust and inspiring positive changes.

    Nowhere in Asheville are there so many different outdoor activities in one place that offer personal growth and discovery. Guests are encouraged to expand their personal comfort zones, increase their self-confidence, and support others challenged to do the same. We offer opportunities to move from good to great friends, team members, or leaders as guests literally climb to new heights!

    Meet our Team

    With literally decades of experience and education in outdoor education, team building programs, environmental science, outdoor recreation, and experiential learning, our leadership team offers field trips that surpass every expectation.  From our adventure activities to our environmental education programs to our facilitated team building, we create custom made activity driven immersive learning in our 100-acre outdoor classroom like no other company. 

    Contact group sales today to create your custom school field trip adventure!  828.225.2921

    The Adventure Center is the best outdoor experiential school field trip for:

    • listening to instructions then applying what you have learned
    • using small motor skills, as well as incorporating physical fitness balance and strength
    • personal development, self-confidence
    • cooperation with others, becoming a team member
    • stepping out of your comfort zone in a controlled environment
    • team bonding: encouragement, assistance, communication, support, leadership, and connection with others
    • decision making based on completion of challenge element
    • problem solving skills leading to accomplishment
    • a fun outdoor activity with a challenge

    Your group outing can be:

    • an experiential field trip
    • include math or science educational options (see our programs)
    • a beginning-of-the-year teambuilding activity or an end-of-the-year incentive
    • sports team or club teambuilding outing (ROTC, Band, Student Government)
    • grade level field trip
    • teacher or administration teambuilding days
    • performance/music groups visiting the area

    What we offer school field trip groups:

    • a discounted rate for groups of 10 people or more
    • escorts and/or monitors required depending on age and activity
    • bring your own meals or snacks to enjoy under our tent
    • pre-visit tips for preparing your class for their adventure
    • performance area if requested
    • complimentary teacher access
    • free bus parking

    The Adventure Center Difference

    At the Adventure Center we focus on the optimal guest experience in every activity we offer.

    Annually we host approximately 2,000 students,  athletes,  teachers, administrators, and coaches looking for an awesome adventure experience.         Contact our group sales office today to book yours!

    What Our School Group Guests Are Saying…

    “The staff at the Adventure Center of Asheville go the extra mile in making sure that the experience for school groups is both enjoyable and educational. Everything is well planned, laid out and prepared upon arrival. Our students really enjoyed the teambuilding activities as well as the Tree Tops ropes course. The rangers working at the ropes course are vigilant, well-trained, and make sure that all climbers are well attended to and looked after. I highly recommend this experience to any group interested in teambuilding activities and adventure.”

    Apple Valley Middle School

    “I can’t begin to tell you how much fun we all had! It was AWESOME! I think those kids (who am I kidding…. the adults too) will be talking about this trip for a while!! I am actually posting pictures as we speak on our club’s facebook page. Everything exceeded our expectations! Our club will continue to visit the Adventure Park, and if I can talk my personal family members into it, I will be returning on a personal visit soon! Thank you again for helping make memories of a lifetime for so many of our children! They loved the experience and the adults did as well.”

    The Outsiders Club at Chesnee Elementary School

    “Thank you! The students really did have a wonderful day. I’ve attached some photos of students during teambuilding, which was a great favorite among them. Several of them still talk about it. The challenges on the ropes courses were also a novelty for many of them, particularly the floating kayak on the red course. Several had done ropes courses before, but were pleasantly surprised by many of the obstacles they found. I think they would gladly come back at any opportunity. “

    Jessica O. | Fayetteville Academy

    “Tree Tops well exceeded my expectations! This was the most care-free school event I have ever chaperoned. I knew each student was safe and having fun, and I was glad for the chance to join in with them. I especially loved that everyone was active the entire time so we could maximize our experience. I saw some students make great strides in conquering some fears and other students jumped at the opportunity to provide encouragement and support for one another.

    The day was filled with shouts and screams of excitement and discovery. Phrases like, “Miss Hilterman, watch this!” and “I can’t believe I did that!” were heard throughout our time there. Being an outdoor guide myself, I was impressed with the staff (especially Amanda Wheelock!) and the set up even before we got to the gate. Each staff member did a great job testing each student’s helmet, getting us into our harnesses, explaining the clip system, letting us practice, and helping us through any roadblocks during the course.

    I loved it so much that I’m bringing my family there next week!

    Thank you for a great experience!”

    Jennifer H. | Asheville Christian Academy School Event

    “We had a great day, thanks so much for having us. I cant believe how long we have been coming and how each year it just gets better and better. You are all doing a top notch job there and I mean that. I heard a kid say when he came into the treetops area, “It feels like christmas morning.” So cute….. Thanks for giving our kids a great experience.”

    Jennifer W. | A C Reynolds Middle School

    “I took 65 middle school students to the Adventure Park as a team-building exercise for our Student Council. We had a FANTASTIC time. The folks at ATAP obviously put a lot of thought and planning into the team-building exercises we did on the ground and the climbing was just fantastic. Our students were excited, engaged, encouraging, and encouraged. It was all around excellent and we are already planning to return next year.”

    Middle School Field Trip

    “We had a fantastic experience! Our group of 16 high schoolers was handled with extreme care, attention, and efficiency. The kids had a great time. There is a great range of courses from beginner to advanced. We had several kids afraid of heights that had no problem. The greatest part was the safety aspect. Being the guardian of 16 high schoolers is a little nerve-racking, but the smart locking (it was called something like that) system was unbelievable. There was virtually no way to fall off the course. It was an absolutely brilliant safety system. Besides that, we had ample training and more than enough support from the staff while we were on the course. We were extremely satisfied in every way!”

    High School Field Trip

    “I thought this year the program was stronger than it’s ever been. Our students had such a fantastic time and learned team building strategies that will carry them throughout the year (and life). The leaders were patient and had the right level of excitement and caring that middle schoolers need.”

    A C Reynolds Middle School Teacher


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    Keith Bayer
    Keith Bayer
    November 27, 2022.
    Absolutely Awesome!!
    Len Gabel
    Len Gabel
    November 13, 2022.
    This is a great place if you have never zip lined. The guys made it safe and comfortable and lots of fun. Beware the corny jokes.
    Terri Frenia
    Terri Frenia
    November 4, 2022.
    Very nice people, fun time :)
    Ceiara Cartony
    Ceiara Cartony
    October 30, 2022.
    Our favorite time of year, 5th yr experiencing The Haunted Trail -- never to disappoint! Thanks for another awesome year!
    Adam Graham
    Adam Graham
    October 25, 2022.
    So much fun. Definitely worth a visit. The Zipline guides are hilarious and fun.
    Alexis A.
    Alexis A.
    October 25, 2022.
    My son and I went ziplining, we did the short course. Though we were both terrified - it was extremely exhilarating! Brandon and Briggs were awesome instructors, and were also patient with me with each line as I was not able to get the courage to lift my feet to go 😳(I was too scared). Highly recommend visiting!
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    The Adventure Center of Asheville is located adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort at 85 Expo Drive in Asheville.

    Take Exit 3A off of I-240 | Off Patton Ave behind Regent Park

    85 Expo Drive
    Asheville, NC 28806

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