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A. Because our programming is so diverse, the amount of time needed will depend on the activity you want to do and the goals of your group. Generally, our experience has taught us that a full-day program offers the greatest return on your investment. In order to accommodate the special needs of your group, we also provide half-day programs.

A. Our programs occur outside. The way a participant dresses can affect how much he or she enjoys the experience. Except for water activities, closed-toed shoes are required. If your group is planning a program on the water, we suggest participants bring an old pair of shoes or water shoes to wear. Clothing should be comfortable, loose fitting, and secure. Bring layers, including wind or rain gear. Further suggestions will be communicated as the day of your event approaches. Most importantly, urge participants to dress for the weather expected on the day of your visit.

A. For any type of program—whether adventure, challenge course, or environmental education—email our coordinator at adventureprogramming@southern.edu or call 423.236.2416.

A. We will contact you to determine a date and a program that fits your needs. Once we have agreed upon a date, you will receive an event proposal and contract along with an invoice for a 50 percent deposit on your event. After we receive the signed contact and deposit, we will send a participation packet with all of the necessary information you need to make your event run smoothly. All requests are considered tentative until the signed contract and deposit are received. Note: alternative dates are very helpful in planning a program.

A. Cancellations are requested to be within 48 hours of the scheduled date. If you find that a cancellation may be in order, please try to consider all possible alternatives. If it becomes a necessity, we are happy to reschedule for another time. If you cancel or decrease your numbers:

  • At least 30 days before your program: 100 percent refund
  • 4-5 days before your program: security deposit is non-refundable. All other payments: 50 percent refund
  • Less than 4 days before the program: No refund
NOTE: A deposit is due 30 days before your program to reserve your date.

A. Programs run rain or shine. On rare occasions we cancel due to severe weather such as lightning. Make sure you bring what you need in order to participate and adjust to changing weather conditions. In the occurrence of severe weather, the group coordinator and our staff will decide together whether to continue the program. In some cases, the program can be moved indoors.

A. Our programs have hosted area K-12 school groups and college classes, sports teams, youth groups, church groups, and corporate groups. All programs are custom designed and priced according to individual group needs and objectives. All Southern Adventist University groups receive a special, on-campus group rate.

A. The price range for your program is determined by group type, size, and length of program. Meals are available for an additional cost.

A. On our challenge course, we work with groups as small as eight and as large as 125. Adventure program numbers depend on the activity, as we want to ensure that we have enough equipment to outfit your group. For environmental education, we prefer to work with one classroom of students at a time; however, we are willing to work with you to accommodate your needs.

A. Yes. Fifth grade is the minimum for participants on our challenge course and in our adventure programs. However, possible exceptions can be made. Our environmental education programs are designed for specific grade levels, beginning at kindergarten and going up through fifth grade. If you do not see a program listed that fits your needs, we can develop one for you.

A. Managing risk is our first concern. The programs that we offer involve inherent risks. All of our staff are trained to follow appropriate risk management procedures. In all outdoor programs, we incorporate the philosophy of choosing your own level of challenge. Participants are not required to do anything they do not feel comfortable doing.

A. Yes. For challenge course and adventure programs, we request that you bring a minimum of one adult for every 20 students. Environmental education programs require at least one adult for every 15 students.

A. The geographic location of Southern Adventist University provides an unequaled variety of outdoor learning opportunities. Collegedale is located near Chattanooga, Tennessee. This area is a premier regional center for kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor sports. For more details, check out our maps and directions.

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