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School Programs

Whether focused on serious educational and treatment objectives or purely on group recreation, the school group programs offered at ArborTrek are designed to educate, entertain, and inspire.

The options presented in this guide provide broad progressions that have proved successful for thousands of school groups. The descriptions should enable group leaders to select a program that will best fit their needs. After choosing a school program option or options, group leaders should arrange to meet with an ArborTrek Course Manager to complete a needs assessment, develop a program, and establish specific program objectives. The more we know about your group prior to the program, the more the experience can be tailored to its needs.

If none of the standard options in this guide fit your group, please let us know and we will work to design a custom program for you.

Adventure-based Team Building

So-called "Group Initiatives", involving real and imaginary ground-based obstacles, present physical, mental, and emotional challenges that invite a group to explore teamwork strategies and demonstrate for themselves the importance of planning, cooperation, and communication.

The success of a school group in meeting the challenges of an initiatives sequence will depend not only upon individual strengths but also upon creativity, tenacity, strategic planning, shared risk taking, the allocation of resources, and the ability to create a climate in which students are able to trust each other and in which each student’s contributions are recognized and valued. In the process, students should discover their collective power to meet the ongoing challenge of work in other settings. Whatever the focus of a school group program, nearly every group comes away from the experience with a renewed sense of community and common purpose.

Treetop Obstacle Course

The Treetop Obstacle Course (also referred to as High Ropes Course or Aerial Trekking Course) poses challenges to the individual. It presents tests of physical strength, stamina, agility, balance, and flexibility, and invites participants to confront such emotional issues as fear of heights, fear of failure, and fear of losing control.

The Treetop Obstacle Course requires participants to draw upon reserves of courage and strength and to re-examine assumptions about their physical and emotional limitations. Conducted within a context of group encouragement and support, these programs often lead participants to a heightened awareness of self and to an increase of confidence and self-esteem.

Our treetop obstacle course is offered as a stand-alone event or can be combined with a session of teambuilding or climbing to create a full-day program.

Climbing Adventures

Climbing presents participants and small groups the opportunity to explore problem-solving, confront a fear of heights, and to test physical abilities.

Individuals can prove their prowess on a series of tree climbs, vertical obstacles or artificial rockwall routes. A variety of routes ranging from easy to challenging are available. Climbing programs can be run as stand-alone events or incorporated with our Treetop Obstacle Course, Team Building, and Zip Line Canopy Tour programs.

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Traverse cables high above an ever-babbling mountain stream and spend time among centuries-old hemlocks, mature sugar maples and paper birches on Vermont’s first “World-Class” zip line canopy tour.

Designed to educate, entertain and inspire, the zip line canopy tour consists of a series of interconnected zip lines through dense mountain forest, suspension bridges, and rappels. Navigating in small groups, each tour is accompanied by two guides familiar with the local ecology and natural history who are prepared to deliver an unforgettable experience.

School Group Program Options

The group programs offered in this guide are designed for youth, age 10 years and older, who are in Grade 5 or above. Group programs can be arranged for younger children, but pricing may reflect the need for additional staff and supervision.

We are very busy during the summer months and on weekends in the Spring and Fall. Groups seeking dates during peak season are encourage to plan well in advance.

ArborTrek is located at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, Vermont and operates in partnership with the Resort. With adequate notice, custom events can be arranged in conjunction with programming, lodging, and food service from the Resort and its other vendors.

Group Leaders, Teachers & Chaperones

Spectators and chaperones are welcome to accompany groups. Teachers and school personnel accompanying students on school sponsored field trips are free of charge. Adult chaperones are welcome to accompany groups during a session of teambuilding and observe the treetop obstacle course and climbing from the ground. For non-profit groups, one chaperone or group leader per every 8 minors may accompany the participants on the treetop obstacle course and zip line canopy tour free of charge. Group leaders, chaperones, and accompanying staff must meet all tour requirements and sign a participant waiver before entering the course.


For groups of less than 16 participants, payment is due at the time of booking. For groups of 16 or more participants, a deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due prior to the start of the program. For groups of 50 or more, a more detailed payment schedule may be required.

We understand how challenging it can be to plan, arrange, and execute a large group function. In situations where numbers increase, we will do our best to accommodate groups. If several members are absent on the day of the program, we will forgive the balance for up to 10% of the group for groups of 16 or more participants.

Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express, or by check prior to the start of the program. Groups with non-profit status who are exempt from paying sales tax should forward a tax exempt letter in advance of the program.

Staff working on our Zip Line Canopy Tour and Treetop Obstacle Course generate a fair portion of their pay from gratuities. An 8% gratuity will be automatically added to the final bill for groups of 16 or more participating in either the Treetop Obstacle Course or Zip Line Canopy Tour.


  • Elementary School Classes (grades 5 and older)
  • Middle School Classes
  • High School Classes
  • Teacher & School Faculty Groups
  • Student Government/Leadership Groups
  • School Athletic Teams
  • Physics Classes
  • Peer Mentor Programs
  • Graduation Events
  • All-night Parties/Lock-ins
  • Summer School Classes
  • School Clubs & Associations
  • University & College Orientation Programs
  • Business & Leadership Classes
  • Adventure Education Programs
  • Home School Groups


For more information on our school programs, please contact us at (802) 644-9300. A more detailed overview of our programs, including rates, cancellation policy, bad weather policy, map and directions, and participant requirements and restrictions are available in our School, Youth, and Community Guide.

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1239 Edward Rd.
Jeffersonville, VT 05464
GPS: 44.59745,-72.800496