School Group Information
School groups love our Asheville Treetops Adventure Park and our Zipline course.
ATAP is the largest Western North Carolina aerial challenge course in the trees that has over 60 unique climbing, rolling, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to over 30 trees and towering poles tucked into a wooded park.
There are 5 different adventure trails ranging from beginner to challenging levels with several elements that are representative of the activities you can do in North Carolina including a sky kayak, a parkway tunnel, a snowboard in the sky, swinging hula hoops, bumper boats and a zip hang glider, all in the trees that make this a "Truly Asheville Adventure."
We use a new technology called "smart belays" that, when used properly, are designed to assure Park Guests are attached to safety systems at all times and cannot detach from the system until they have completed the aerial trail and are back on the ground. Guests can explore freely knowing the safety system monitors their attachments and is designed to not allow accidental unclipping from the safety points. It is an active adventure that incorporates physical fitness and personal accomplishment.
Our Zipline course has 3 group options- a full tour, an express tour and our Skyline Tour. With experienced rangers, zip from platform to platform manually controlling your speed. As you start any of the trips, you will practice your “zipping” form on the ground, then head up to our “bunny slopes.” Finish your tour with 1,200 foot side by side zip lines that you can zip down with a friend.
While expanding your comfort zone, each person is supporting and planning with others in the team, developing positive relationships, enhancing cooperation and trust and inspiring positive changes.
The Adventure Center is the best outdoor experiential 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 including encouragement and help for others, communication, support and 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 (properties of objects, forces and motion)
- a beginning-of-the year teambuilding activity
- an end-of-the-year incentive
- sports team or club teambuilding outing (ROTC, Band, Student Government)
- grade level field trip
- staff teambuilding days
- performance/music groups visiting the area
What we offer:
- a discounted rate for groups of 10 or more
- escorts and/or monitors required depending on age and activity
- bring your own meals or snacks
- pre-visit tips for preparing your class for their adventure
- performance area if requested
Sarah L. Dickson, Group Sales Coordinator
Asheville Christian Academy School Event
"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!"
Middle School Field Trip
It was AWESOME!
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
"Excellent group outing!"
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!
“Great Field Trip!”
I brought 50 sixth graders for a team building field trip and we had an amazing time! The staff was very organized, professional and knowledgeable of many different team building activities. The kids loved all of the different games. The ropes course was their favorite thing of the day! Several students were very apprehensive about doing the green course, but the staff was very encouraging and helpful and most left with a great sense of achievement after finishing it! I heard several kids talking about wanting to go back and try the yellow and red course! Great trip!!
Brought a group of 25 middle-schoolers for team-building and the tree-top obstacle course. Completely exceeded expectations! Adventure team staff greeted us upon arrival and were more than ready for us. Staff was friendly, professional and very helpful - ready to assist with any questions or on the course itself. Some of our students had to be "retrieved" from the course and I was impressed with the speed an expertise of the staff in getting those who needed down safely to the ground. The course itself has four levels, ranging in difficulty and height and while manageable, is challenging and probably even more so for those apprehensive about being high off the ground. I felt we were very safe at all times. Facility was well maintained and clean, plus unique FUN! Great to see our kids "unplugged" and getting great exercise - I saw flashes of earlier childhood (running, playing, climbing, laughing, working together). Beyond fantastic! Would go again in a heartbeat!
“Great For Field Trips!”
We took our 6th graders here on a field trip and it was wonderful (even with the rainy weather we encountered). The staff had some wonderful team building activities set-up which required much more teamwork and thought than some of the typical "team-building" activities I've seen in the past. The ropes course was fantastic and all students seemed to have a blast and came out with a sense of accomplishment when they were finished. There are 3 courses: green (easy, about 10 feet off the ground), yellow (tougher, about 35 feet off the ground), and red (hardest, not sure how high but I'd venture to say 50 feet off the ground?). All of our students started on the green course and those who had more confidence and the desire, went on to one of the yellow courses. Some kids went through 3 times while others did it once and were satisfied. Plenty of staff to watch kids at all times and safety was a number one concern for them - no one even got a splinter. :) Well worth the time and money!
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