A School Field Trip: Learning Through Our Challenge Course

Our mission is to empower and inspire people to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. With challenge comes greater self-confidence and achievement. To Be Boundless: Have No Limits.


"AMAZING Time!!!"

We brought 160 Freshman students, to Boundless Adventures. Before our event, they took the time to explain, in detail, all of the protocols that Boundless adventures has taken on to make it a safe and fun experience. Our students had an AMAZING time!! They were in the course for several hours and it did not feel like enough time. They could have spent days there. They enjoyed every obstacle in the ropes course. The guides were extremely friendly and they struck an appropriate balance between showing our student a good time and keeping them safe. The course is so big that we were able to get most of our students into the course, socially distanced, at the same time. Honestly, our other grades heard about it from the Freshmen and now they all want to go. The customer service was excellent, the activities were both fun and safe. I. HIGHLY recommend Boundless Adventures to anyone who is interested in such an experience. Trust me- you will not regret it.

- Yoram R
School Field Trip At An Obstacle Course

What To Expect

  • For Grades 4-12 - Fun & Educational - See FAQ below for CASEL Core SEL Competency application
  • Harness & safety briefing
  • 3 hours of climbing and zip lining
  • Picnic tables for group use
  • Bus parking available
  • Climbing Chaperones: free entry (10:1 ratio)
  • Non-climbing Chaperones: free entry, unlimited
  • Bring your own lunch or delivery from local restaurants
  • Capacity: Up to 250

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Get Your Students Engaged

“My trip to Boundless Adventures prepared me for school because it made me courageous and brought me out of my comfort zone. I've been down on myself this past year starting high school. This school year I plan on taking this courage I found this summer at Boundless Adventures and applying it to my life.” Miranda Courteau - 15 - Auburn High School

Get Your Students Curious

“How far away from the ground on the blue level? How many steps are that ladder? When you're on a zip line why do you drop close to the ground? How many wood blocks did it take to make that platform?” Amelia Porcelli - 10 - PS15 Yonkers

Foster Teamwork

“As the building principal what touched me the most was the encouragement and support I heard from the students and staff as they accomplished all sorts of trials and tribulations in the treetops.” Trish Nugent Fitzgerald - School Principal - Hutchinson Elementary School

Teach Problem Solving

“The mental side is just as strong if not stronger than the physical side. I mean yes you have to be able to physically do all of the obstacles, but if you can figure out a plan and know before you start climbing how you can successfully climb across then you will be able to do it.“ Sophia Hammel - 11 - Advanced Math and Science Academy

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What will a day in the trees look like?

When you arrive at Boundless Adventures in Purchase, you will first visit our reception center located in the parking lot. Our staff will then escort your group to the park. Once there, your students (and participating chaperones) will get harnesses and receive a safety briefing (30-60 minutes depending on the size of the group) on how to zipline and climb on our high ropes course. They will then have 3 hours of developmental team building activities utilizing the “Challenge by Choice” principle. Participants will be given the opportunity to traverse different trails of varying difficulty with their classmates. During this time, they will work together to overcome challenges, inspire each other to face fears, and leave with a better understanding of themselves and their peers.

If you are interested in some facilitated team building activities, we are happy to add that to your visit as well.

How does Boundless Adventures incorporate CASEL Core SEL Competency principles?


A. Identifying emotions
1. Guests are encouraged to continuously monitor how they are feeling and how it changes. Some climbers may arrive feeling nervous, confident, excited, anxious, etc. Once they begin climbing and throughout the experience their emotions evolve.
2. We provide a trip planner that should be utilized both before and after the trip to reflect on the range of emotions felt before, during and after the outing.

B. Accurate self-perception
1. Climbers must evaluate which level course they would like to try- Beginner, Moderate, Advanced, or Expert. If they do not portray an accurate self-perception, they may find themselves in over their head and wishing they were on a less challenging course or that they underestimated themselves and they should have chosen a more challenging course.

C. Recognizing strengths
1. Climbers will start to realize which types of obstacles they excel at. Some climbers enjoy the zip lines while others like the challenging obstacles. Perhaps obstacles where balance is highlighted more than physical strength is easier for some and vice versa.
2. Individuals realize that they have more than just physical strengths. Leadership qualities emerge and problem-solving tactics are taking place.

D. Self-confidence
1. Confidence is gained with every obstacle that is successfully completed. As climbers progress through the courses and meet their goals, they start to trust their abilities and judgement. Their sense of doubt in themselves significantly diminishes.

E. Self-efficacy
1. Guests practice the self- efficacy theory of motivation through experience, vicarious experience, social persuasion, and positive physiological feedback.


A. Impulse control
1. Boundless Adventures has rules in place for safety purposes and to preserve the environment. When students are excited, they must control their impulse to run to the starting platform, have more than one person on an element at a time, and to leave the predetermined nature trail to create a shortcut to their destination.

B. Stress management
1. Stress management techniques are practiced on the course including positive attitudes, exercise, social support, deep breathing, mindfulness, and nature stress relief.

C. Self-motivation
1. Guests are welcome to ask for assistance off a course at any time, but the majority of the climbers would rather practice self-motivation to push through a challenging moment. Climbers are often overheard talking themselves up or asking staff to watch them but not help because they want to accomplish it themselves.
2. With the Bornack SSB clips employed for safety, we are able to provide a setting that fosters self-reliance.

D. Goal setting
1. Guests are encouraged to set a goal of which courses they would like to complete. With 4 levels of difficulty, there are many opportunities for goal setting. As the experience progresses, they reflect on how their goals are being met and if they should adjust them.

Social Awareness

A. Empathy
1. Boundless Adventures offers a unique experience which allows guests to have the ability to understand and share what the other climbers are feeling. Everyone has the same feelings of excitement, nervousness, exhaustion, and thrill.
2. Our activity provides a uniquely level playing field, breaking down the social norms that typically exist in groups.

B. Respect for others
1. Boundless Adventures is a positive environment for people to grow. While at the park everyone will be mindful of their words and actions to promote respect for their peers, staff, and the environment.
2. We foster a “challenge by choice” philosophy whereby everyone’s role in the day is respected, and there is no tolerance for intimidation or group pressure.

Relationship Skills

A. Communication
1. Climbers communicate with staff and their peers while they are in the trees. They describe challenges they are facing, ask for advice about specific elements, and alert a staff member if they would like to get down from a course.
2. When teachers participate, we find that not only does peer communication improve, but the teacher student relationship can be strengthened.
3. We can create climbing teams to foster better communication between certain members of the group if this is applicable.
4. **Depending on the group’s requirements, we can offer icebreakers at the beginning of the day. This is particularly useful for groups that either have dysfunctional cliques or involve subgroups coming together.

B. Teamwork
1. Independent climbers are working together to complete the courses. Word of encouragement, advice on how to complete an obstacle, and what to expect ahead are exchanged.
2. Aspects of teamwork practiced on the course include motivation, individual qualities, developing relationships, healthy competition, and problem solving.
3. **Depending on the group’s requirements, we can offer activities on the ground that fosters teamwork. These activities can be active or can have a problem-solving component to it.

Responsible Decision-Making

A. Identifying problems
1. Each element offers a different obstacle to solve.

B. Analyzing Situations
1. Each course and element offer an opportunity to examine the circumstances, identify perceived risks, and identify any relevant information they may need to complete the task.

C. Solving Problems
1. Climbers employ a variety of problem-solving techniques in the park such as brain storming, lateral thinking, means-end analysis, reduction, root-cause analysis, and trial and error.

D. Evaluating
1. Guests assess each course prior to climbing it. Ideas about how many zip lines, challenging obstacles, or moving elements are made. Guests then relate that information to how they are feeling emotionally and physically to see if it is a good fit for their next challenge.

E. Reflection
1. At the end of the experience the group is encouraged to gather for a moment to debrief. This is the most important part of team building because it is when the value of the experience is realized. During this process the group will share ideas, opinions, what worked, what didn’t, what they would have done differently, and how it can be applied in our everyday lives. Each of the CASEL core SEL competencies should be touched on during this time. This is essential for personal and team growth.
2. **We can facilitate a discussion about the day with a debriefing.

** For an additional $10/guest, we can add 1 hour of structured facilitation. The “**” items are typically part of that hour, but we tailor it to the group dynamics and what the group goals are.

For what grades is the activity appropriate for?

Boundless Adventures is great for grades 4-12 as well as college-aged students. Given the diversity of the courses, our park is appropriate for everyone from young children to even the most athletic adrenaline junkies (not that those two groups are mutually exclusive). Here is just a small sample of the different schools that have come to our park for field trips.

Washington Irving Intermediate School – 5th Grade

Farragut Middle School – 6th Grade

Albert Leonard Middle School – 8th Grade

Rye Country Day – 10th Grade

The Masters School – 11th Grade

Mott Haven Village Preparatory School – 12th Grade

Is this educational or recreational?

Both! We provide your school with a “Before the Trip” and an “After the Trip” questionnaire to give your students. This is very helpful to get the students to learn about themselves and their classmates, improve on their teamwork skills, and gain self-confidence which will help them take more risks when they need to do public speaking, creative writing, and scientific experimentation. However, all of this learning will take place while they are having an amazing time. Some will even say it was their best day ever!

Are waivers required for each student?

Yes, they are. We offer electronic waivers. We are happy to work with you to make this process as simple as possible.

What about chaperones?

We allow for one free chaperone to climb for every ten paid climbers. Additional climbing chaperones would pay the school group rate. Non-climbing chaperones can come at no cost.

Is there a place to park the bus?

Yes. Parking is free and conveniently located on site.

What do we do about food?

We have picnic tables throughout the park. You are welcome to bring your own lunch, or have food delivered.

What if it rains?

We are open rain or shine. If you prefer to reschedule your group due to inclimate weather, we are happy to do so as well.

Do you require a deposit and when is full payment due?

We request a 50% deposit upon booking, and full payment 7 days in advance of the reservation. We do understand that this doesn’t work for certain schools, and we are happy to work with you.

Where is the adventure park located?

We are conveniently located on the college campus of Purchase College at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York. Click here for detailed directions.