Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch

Experiential Learning

Overview

Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch offers adventure and wilderness therapy programs designed to help the youth and families we serve discover their sense of inner courage and develop their self-awareness. The great outdoors offer a perfect venue for the true self to emerge, free from the walls and defense mechanisms it has built up over time.

 

Program details

Adventure and wilderness experiences are far more than an escape from the daily grind. At the ranch, everyone is given the opportunity to discover their own inner strength and set their own course for the path ahead. These experiences provide valuable, lifelong lessons and the perfect setting to implement them in.

 

Summer camp for children on the Autism Spectrum

This week-long camp helps children with autism break away from day-to-day living, while exploring the outdoors in an exciting, supportive and safe environment. Skilled staff provide campers with opportunities for summer fun including aquatics, boating, courses, horses, games and bonfires. Campers stay in the main lodge facility, which is fully equipped with beds, showers and dining facilities.

Click here to apply for the weekend of July 25-29, 2016.

For more information on our camps at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch or support programs, contact Great Circle at 1-844-424-3577.

 

Respite weekends for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder

In addition to weeklong summer camp sessions, the ranch also hosts weekend respite programs for youth on the autism spectrum. These programs are a shorter version of the summer camp, with a focus on providing kids with a safe, unique and therapeutic outdoor experience while giving families a brief respite.

 

Corporate retreat and team development programs

Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch offers an amazing chance to boost camaraderie and the effectiveness of your business team. Serving as a perfect supplement to your planning and training events. Programming is tailored to meet the specific goals of each group.

 

Youth, schools and universities

Outdoor adventure programs are ideal for school trips, athletic teams, community and church organizations, scouting programs, and many other types of groups. Your program will be specifically designed to accommodate the needs and goals of your group.

 

For more information on our camps at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch or support programs, contact Great Circle at 1-844-424-3577.

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Aisha

William's mom

"Thank you for making it possible for children with special needs to test themselves, meet challenges, and enjoy life through adventures."

Aisha

Aisha

William's mom

William's mom

"Thank you for making it possible for children with special needs to test themselves, meet challenges, and enjoy life through adventures."

"Thank you for making it possible for children with special needs to test themselves, meet challenges, and enjoy life through adventures."

Cindy

Anthony's mom

Anthony isn't.... well wasn't... an affectionate kid and watching him give everyone high fives and hugs was amazing for me to see.

Cindy

Cindy

Anthony's mom

Anthony's mom

Anthony isn't.... well wasn't... an affectionate kid and watching him give everyone high fives and hugs was amazing for me to see.

Anthony isn't.... well wasn't... an affectionate kid and watching him give everyone high fives and hugs was amazing for me to see.

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Browse Ranch Facilities

Learning Center

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This beautiful, rustic retreat features a two-story stone fireplace and pristine views of the Meramec River Valley. The attached learning center features a 30-bed bunkroom with showers and restroom facilities, plus a commercial kitchen and dining hall seating for up to 40 people. The perfect location for business meetings, seminars, group retreats, weddings, and other special events.

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Learning Center

Learning Center

Learning Center

Learning Center

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This uniquely effective team course features a series of telephone poles laid across the ground to form different obstacles. Your team must traverse the course while working together to evacuate an “injured climber.”

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Alpine Rescue Course

Alpine Rescue Course

Alpine Rescue Course

Learning Center

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Our full-size covered basketball court is perfect for basketball, volleyball, dodge ball and other activities. The pavilion also features seven different climbing elements, providing a perfect place for games and challenge, regardless of the weather.

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Alpine Rescue Course

Basketball Pavilion with Covered Challenge Course

Basketball Pavilion with Covered Challenge Course

Learning Center

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Our camping sites provide an open outdoor experience perfect for any group. A hand pump well and toilet facilities are close by. Tents and camping equipment are available or groups may bring their own. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table, and the site also includes an authentic 24’ tee-pee.

A stone bonfire ring is located adjacent to the learning center and a large council fire ring with bench seating is located near the campsites, perfect for gatherings, camp bonfires, and ceremonies.

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Camping Facilities

Camping Facilities

Camping Facilities

Learning Center

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Our facilities include a 40-foot climbing wall, a 25-foot climbing bluff and an overhanging rock bluff with a 60-foot rappel. Our expertly trained facilitators provide instruction in climbing and belaying techniques, state-of-the-art equipment care and use, knots, ropes and more. All equipment inspected daily prior to and after use, and is kept in excellent condition.

The climbing wall is set up to allow facilitators to teach sport and even multi-pitch skills. Routes vary in difficulty to challenge more experienced climbers, and to give success to the newest of climbers. Bluff routes range from 5.4 to 5.9 and provide a great challenge for most climbers.

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Climbing and Rappelling

Climbing and Rappelling

Climbing and Rappelling

Learning Center

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Grab a hiking stick and start off through the woods on one of the ranch’s hiking trails. Listen to the crunching of leaves beneath your feet, smell the clean fresh air, and feel a cool breeze across your face, as you hike along and enjoy a beautiful outdoors experience.

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Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails

Learning Center

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Check out one of the most exhilarating adrenaline rushes at the ranch. After harnessing into two cables forming a huge swing, your team pulls you up to the top of a 35-foot pole. You take a breath, count down, and pull the rip-cord, dropping in a free-fall before you swing out over the river valley 300 feet below.

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Giant Swing

Giant Swing

Giant Swing

Learning Center

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With 28 different elements, our High Challenge Course is one of the most extensive in the Midwest. Each element offers different mental and physical challenges. After conquering the course, the experience culminates in an exhilarating slide down one of our dual 800-foot zip lines, reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour. The course also features individual challenges such a power pole climbing tower with a trapeze bar jump.

All courses are built and inspected by professional vendor members of the Association of Challenge Course Technology. Expertly trained facilitators, redundant safety systems, regular inspections and state-of-the-art equipment all combine to give participants the most exciting and safe experience available.

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High Challenge Course

High Challenge Course

High Challenge Course

Learning Center

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Come out for a day of instruction and riding to learn how to care for, groom, and saddle a horse. After your horse is saddled, enjoy an exciting ride around one of the trails on the ranch.

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Alpine Rescue Course

Horseback Riding Instruction and Trail Rides

Horseback Riding Instruction and Trail Rides

Learning Center

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Learn how to read and use a topographical map, find your pace count, and use a compass to navigate through the woods all across the length and breadth of the ranch on one of our many challenging land navigation courses.

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Land Navigation Courses

Land Navigation Courses

Land Navigation Courses

Learning Center

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Grab one of the ranch’s mountain bikes and hit the trail. There is a trail perfect for everyone. Hone your skills on miles of exciting singletrack, or take on the ultimate challenge of screaming down one of the most exciting and challenging flow trails and pump tracks in the Midwest. Both BMX and Mountain Bikes are available for use. Helmets and gloves are required and provided for all biking activities.

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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Learning Center

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Grow as individuals and as a team as you splash, slip, slide, and slither your way through the ultimate series of mud and water obstacles built specifically for teams. Your group starts the adventure with an assortment of materials with which they must build a raft that is capable of floating the entire team across a lake. Then, after sliding down a hill, the team negotiates 250 meters of mud pits and team obstacles designed to challenge and thrill. Finally, after dumping out of the mud course into a river, the team races to the finish line a whole lot dirtier and a whole lot closer as a group.

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Mud Obstacle Course

Mud Obstacle Course

Mud Obstacle Course

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Learn primitive and survival skills from our expert teachers. You can choose topics such as shelter construction, water procurement and purification, useful plants, trapping, primitive fires, tools and weapons, cordage, and much more.

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Primitive Skills Instruction

Primitive Skills Instruction

Primitive Skills Instruction

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Bring your team and be ready to work towards the goals and objectives of your group. These 30+ elements provide the perfect setting to allow teams to come together and overcome incredible, and sometimes seemingly impossible, challenges.

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Team Development Courses

Team Development Courses

Team Development Courses

Learning Center

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A trebuchet is a catapult-like device that uses a long wooden arm, counterweight, and sling to launch items. Come and enjoy learning about the history and the physics behind this 35-foot tall machine. Once you learn about the Trebuchet, enjoy watching it launch a watermelon 500 feet through the sky.

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Trebuchet

Trebuchet

Trebuchet

Learning Center

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Tadpole Lake, an eight-acre recreational lake is the center of activity during warm weather. Lake activities include a rolling log spin, a giant floating foam mat and a huge floating waterslide and play area. The adventure platform features a 150-foot zip line, rope swings, trapeze ring, the Blob – a 40-foot long inflatable – and more. Expertly trained lifeguards are on duty at all times during water experiences and personal flotation devices are required outside of the shallow swim area for all participants.

Enjoy a relaxing day paddling in the lake or on the river, learn to sail in 14-foot sailboats, overcome some intensive team challenges in 10-man rafts, or learn whitewater kayaking skills. Nationally certified and ranch-trained lifeguards must be on duty at all times during any water experience, and personal flotation devices are required to be worn by all participants while in boats.

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Water Activities

Water Activities

Water Activities

Learning Center

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Climb a pole ladder or climbing wall onto a 40 foot high platform and race your partner on one of our dual 800-foot zip lines connected to the High Challenge Course. Soar through the sky reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

Imagine standing on a zip line platform in the middle of the woods as the sky darkens, lit only by torches — allowing a glimpse of the deep ravine in front of you. Take a breath and push off the platform on an exhilarating ride through the night sky on a 350-foot zip line. This zip line is also available for daytime use.

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Zip Lines

Zip Lines

Zip Lines

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Accreditations

All activity staff members are trained extensively and regularly to the highest standards,
using state of the art equipment, training and techniques.
Programming staff also have advanced wilderness first aid training and certifications.

Member, American Camp Association
Single Pitch certification, American Mountain Guides Association
Single Pitch Guide certification, Professional Climbing Guides Institute
Courses built, inspected and certified by Association of Challenge Course Technology