All-Inclusive Multi-Day Environmental Education & Team Building Trip at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
All-Inclusive Multi-Day Environmental Education & Team Building Trip at Hemlock Overlook Regional ParkGet a Quote
NatureLink™ Multi-Day Trip
Experiential and Educational All-Inclusive Experience
Our Nature Link 3 day 2 night overnight experience gets your students outside, working together, and interacting with the environment in a way they never could in a traditional classroom.
- GROUP SIZE: 8-96 (for indoor lodging including chaperones)
- LENGTH: 3 days 2 nights
- LOCATION: Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
- COST: $230.00 per participant
- INCLUDES: All activities, instruction, lodging, food, take home pocket guide
Day 1: Students arrive in the morning for a day spent on our Low Ropes Team Development Course with Zip-line. Following the course students will unpack and settle into the bunkhouses before heading to the lodge for a hot delicious meal. Following dinner, students will participate in an evening nature hike with some stargazing and nocturnal biology studies.
Day 2: Following breakfast, groups will break back into their smaller groups and spend the day doing a series of environmental education lessons and activities. The day is closed out with dinner and a campfire where students take part in a s’moreientation, and take part in skits and games before bed
Day 3: After breakfast groups complete the third part of their environmental education experience, enjoy one last lunch, then pack up and depart to be back at school before closing bell.
Team Building:Real life challenges transfer to our low ropes team development course activities, building trust, improving group dynamics and communication, and stimulating personal growth. Navigating our course, groups will be presented with challenges ranging from simple to complex. Experienced field staff facilitate group debriefs, highlighting relevant life lessons. Each group will also experience an individual high ropes adventure on our 300′ long zip-line.
Watershed Studies is designed to help students learn that water systems are part of larger ecological cycle, define what a watershed is and how everything in a watershed affects water quality, Students engage in the scientific process of stream monitoring, to assess environmental quality of a body of water based on diversity of aquatic organisms.
Outdoor Living Skills
The basic needs of survival can be characterized by the “Rule of Threes”, outlining requirements for shelter, food and water. Learn basic to advanced skills to support outdoor living and survival, including bow drill fires, shelter constructions, tracking, plant identification, cordage and more. Combine survival skills with orienteering for an all-encompassing lesson in outdoor living.
Ecology & Town Hall
Ecology studies focuses students to the idea that explanations of nature are developed and tested by observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes. Students will explore the flora and fauna of the Northern Virginia area, specifically white tail deer populations, specific trees in our area, and the effects both have on each other. Following the ecology lessons students will participate in a town hall discussion. The town hall allows students to engage in an active discussion about what actions to take to combat local issues dealing with forest management and vote on a solution. Get a Quote
Lodging & Accommodations:Adventure Links has 4 bunkhouse cabins (Pine, Poplar, Hickory, and Oak) available for group overnights. Each cabin has two rooms with 12 beds in each room. A bath-house is centrally located for all the cabins, and features modern plumbing.
Additional Information:Food: Adventure links seeks to offer high quality meals that can be adapted and modified to accommodate even the pickiest of eaters. Vegetarian options are always available and we avoid nuts in our products. Our facility is not nut free, and we do not typically have gluten free options. For those dietary restrictions accommodations can be made for participants to bring their own food. Chaperones: Advenure Links requires 1-2 chaperones per group of 15 participants. Each bunkhouse is divided into two rooms, and will require at least one chaperone to be in each room with students in the overnight hours. There is not charge for chaperones up to two per fifteen students, additional chaperones are subject to fees for food and lodging. Capacities: Adventure Links has four bunkhouses with 24 beds in each bunkhouse, there are two male bunkhouses and two female bunkhouses, bringing the total for students and chaperones to 48 male and 48 female beds in our bunkhouses. In the warmer months Adventure Links has 16 platform tents for an additional 64 beds in large canvas platform tents. This is a great option for groups looking for a more rustic camping experience. Get a Quote
Adventure Links in cooperation with NOVA PARKS.
Our site in Northern Virginia is located on 425-acres at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park in Clifton, VA. Hemlock Overlook is situated just minutes from Washington, DC, and is managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Adventure Links has partnered with NOVA Parks and is the exclusive provider of team building at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.