University of Vermont

Our Course

Site Location

We provide off-site team building and experiential programming year-round. Our first-class ropes course facility, open from May to October, is comprised of 20 high and low elements nestled in a stand of 80-year-old conifers on the 90-acre Wheeler Farm property in South Burlington. Utilizing cutting-edge equipment, training methodologies and practices, every facilitator at the UVM ARC has a sharp eye for detail and is focused on safety and quality. Our Ropes Course consists of elements, constructed of cables, ropes and wood, attached to trees at our site.

Our Low Challenge Course contains challenges close to the ground. Activities on the Low Challenge Course are designed to help participants gain insight into group process and how individuals perform in team situations. They consist of physical and mental problems that the group must work together to solve. Our High Challenge Course is built up to forty feet above the ground. Those who choose to participate are outfitted with harnesses and helmets and are clipped into ropes and belay systems that allow them to climb and participate in a variety of challenges safely. Participants can safely take risks while navigating physical challenges highlighting trust and support within teams.


Since 2000, we have provided top-quality group experiential challenges and team building programs for UVM and the surrounding community. In the spring of 1996, John Abbott (Assistant Director of UVM Student Life & Outdoor Programs) and Allie Cohen (from the UVM Office of Drug and Alcohol Education) collaborated to identify experiential and adventure-based educational programs to help judicially-referred UVM students explore substance abuse issues. A local ropes course seemed the perfect solution, and the idea of creating a ropes course at UVM was borne. Through a gift from the class of 1999, the UVM ARC opened in the spring of 2000. In 2002, the UVM ARC moved to its current location, the 90-acre UVM property in South Burlington known as the Wheeler Farm. To date, we are proud to have worked with over 500 groups, from businesses and agencies to youth groups, schools, and colleges. We look forward to a long future working for the community.

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