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Challenge Course Sites

Synergo is fortunate to partner with seven incredible organizations to offer our challenge course programs in Portland and Ashland Oregon, and on Whidbey Island in Washington. By partnering with these courses we are able to offer unique and ideal program sites for each of our clients.

Oregon Episcopal School

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Among the woodlands, wetlands and wildlife of the hills of Southwest Portland lies the oldest Episcopal school west of the Rockies, Oregon Episcopal School. The school occupies a 59-acre campus offering a unique educational experience to Pre-K through 12th Grade students. OES is dedicated to an enriched academic environment of "learning by doing" incorporating cultural and outdoor experiences that strive to help each individual reach his or her fullest potential. Since 1994 Synergo has partnered with the Oregon Episcopal School in offering challenge course programs to youth and adults in Portland and the surrounding areas. The Challenge Course sits on the back corner of the property and includes a combination of high and low elements. This inviting location along with the challenge course provides visitors an unusual opportunity to be fully engaged in their relationship with nature, themselves, and their community while not being too far away from the city.

*some of the above information is from OES website.

YMCA Camp Collins

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YMCA Camp Collins, located in Gresham, Oregon, is a branch of the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette and was established in 1926. Camp Collins provides a wonderful retreat or meeting spot for any group or organization. The site is just a short drive from the center of Portland, on the banks of the Sandy River. Camp Collins offers a variety of unique lodging accommodations, indoor meeting spaces, fabulous meal service and acres of nature which makes this site the perfect location for a day, weekend or week retreat. For the past several years Synergo has partnered with YMCA Camp Collins in offering challenge course programs to youth and adults in Portland and the surrounding areas. In addition to challenge course programs Synergo has designed and built the camp's challenge course and holds their facilitator trainings at this camp in the spring and the fall each year. Being one of the largest challenge courses in the state, this inspiring and beautiful site has the perfect combination of challenge course elements, which allows a group of almost any size to engage in an experiential program that will create a lasting effect.

*some of the above information is from the Camp Collins website.

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

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Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp is located in beautiful Government Camp surrounded by Mt Hood and all the beautiful nature that a mountain area provides. The camp was founded in 1933 and sits on 22 acres in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The mission of the camp is to provide children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to leave behind their routine lives and taste the freedom of the outdoors. Synergo has a long standing relationship with the camp as the owner of Synergo, Erik Marter, grew up at this camp while his mother was the camp director. We have recently partnered with the site to provide outside groups that are on site for the day or are staying in their retreat center lodging  and are interested in utilizing their challenge course a customized program experience on their high and low elements. The challenge course, beauty of the site, and their lodges make it a perfect fit for many groups.

*some of the above information is from the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp website.

Cedar Ridge Retreat and Conference Center

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Cedar Ridge Retreat and Conference Center is located about 50 minutes west of Portland in the scenic countryside of Vernonia, Oregon. The site was originally a family farm back in the early 1900s and then in the mid 60’s it was converted over to a basketball camp. Today this 28 acre facility hosts a wide variety of groups and conferences. Synergo now partners with the site to provide groups that are interested in using their low challenge course elements with professional facilitation from our staff. Their low element challenge course is tucked away in a pocket of woods on the property and is the perfect compliment for a group that is on site for just a day or staying for an extended period of time and taking advantage of all the amenities on site.

*some of the above information is from the Cedar Ridge website.

EarthTeach Forest Park

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EarthTeach Forest Park is remarkably unlike any other environmental resource in Southern Oregon. The Park features 1,680 protected timber acres, a complete commitment to youth education, and community building through challenge course programs, outdoor adventuring, and nature conservation activities. EarthTeach is a place for people of all ages to connect with nature and themselves. These experiences are rare and special gifts with life-enriching potential. EarthTeach offers experiences that combine creativity with hiking, critical thinking with outdoor arts, decision-making with high ropes, and environmental awareness with a labyrinth walk. With learning that is physical, emotional, and spiritual, a unique, perhaps wilder and deeper, understanding of the natural world and oneself emerges. The Challenge Course at EarthTeach was built and is managed by Synergo. The course hosts a variety of groups in the spring, summer and fall. Groups use the course to learn about life transitions, team building, and leadership... all intent upon having fun while getting themselves "on the same page." Several programs for youth at risk and adjudicated teens have also tapped into the Park's challenge course curriculum and facilities to produce tremendously positive results.

*some of the above information is from the EarthTeach website.

Medford Parks and Recreation Challenge Course

Recently Synergo has partnered with the City of Medford Parks and Recreation in offering challenge course programs to youth and adults in Southern Oregon and the surrounding areas. Prescott Park is 1740 acres and the Challenge Course is located at the top of Roxy Ann Peak. The course features 8 low elements and 7 high elements. This new Challenge Course at Prescott Park built and is managed by Synergo. Groups use the course to learn about life transitions, team building, communication and leadership...all intent upon having fun in a beautiful setting.


The Whidbey Institute

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Synergo has recently partnered with the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington to manage and operate their challenge course. The Challenge Course at the Whidbey Institute is designed to service small intimate groups and also works well with larger group sizes that want to spend the day together on the course.  The course has a combination of high and low elements and is set in a beautiful portion of forest on the property. The Whidbey Institute itself is a place for personal inquiry and inspiration dedicated to the transformation of heart, mind, and culture. The Institute is committed to the relationship between the natural and social world through the development of vital communities and the formation of courageous, creative, and competent leadership on behalf of the whole earth community. The Chinook Center of the Whidbey Institute is a conference and retreat center with overnight facilities and meal accommodations.  Located on the Chinook lands three miles up the island from the Clinton ferry dock on Whidbey Island (about an hour north of Seattle), the Center includes 70-acres of meadows, gardens, wetlands, forest, and trails.

*some of the above information is from The Whidbey Institute website.

In addition to our seven partner program sites, Synergo also offers challenge course programs at Tilikum Center for Retreats in Newberg, Oregon. Please contact our office directly to schedule a program at this site.