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Ropes Course to Open

Campus Recreation along with the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, and Physical Education has united to create the NCSU Challenge Course at Schenck Memorial Forest. Thanks to a generous donation from alumnus Jim Wall, owner of Cornerstone Designs Inc., and the hard work and dedication of Dr. Aram Attarian, the dream is finally a reality.

“This project is long overdue. The students, faculty and staff at NC State will benefit from this amazing project. Thanks to Jim Wall and his team, we’ve been able to add an element to our program that will take us to the next level,” says Bill James, assistant director, Outdoor Adventures.

The course is located about 10 minutes from campus in a 245-acre forest used by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources for research and teaching. Housing an eight-element high ropes course, this project can offer groups many different team building and leadership development options. Campus Recreation is offering half-day, full-day and multi-day programs focusing on experiential education and training designed to meet the group’s needs. These programs help groups explore team dynamics, resulting in more positive interaction and increased productivity within the team.

Campus Recreation will begin offering programs this summer, including teambuilding initiatives and challenge course experiences for student organizations, as well as faculty and staff groups.

For more information or to schedule a leadership development session, contact Bill James at or 513-8126.