"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."

~ John Lubbock

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Custom Programs 

Create a custom program for your group!  Plan a day on the ropes course, hiking or an overnight camping trip.  We offer youth and adult programs focusing on team work, creating authentic relationships, building self-efficacy, mindfulness, goal setting and more!

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Onward and Upward does not discriminate against any person of the basis of race, color, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. 

Summer 2017 Teen Programs

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Adventure Academy

This 3-week summer program includes a variety of outdoor adventures.  Learn outdoor skills such as navigation, terrain management, leave no trace principles, plant identification and more. Students also participate in low & high rope course activities exploring concepts in risk management, team work, conflict resolution, critical thinking and belaying techniques.  The course curriculum emphasizes challenge by choice,  self-reflection, creating authentic connections, mindfulness and developing self awareness.

The first two weeks of this program is day based, Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm.  The third week students stay overnight for a group camping experience.

Monday - Friday, June 26-July 14

No Class July 3rd and 4th 


Outdoor Leadership for Teens

This program starts with a day on the low & high ropes course learning the fundamentals of risk management and team work. The first day ends with prepping for the expedition and practicing foundational camping skills while camping on our main campus location, the Spring Creek Farm in Palmer. On the second day students depart for a six day backpacking trip in the Hatcher Pass Recreation Management Area. Students learn expeditionary skills such as water purification, camp stove maintenance, terrain management, compass navigation, campsite management, leave no trace and more! Students are given the opportunity to practice being in a leadership role as they learn critical thinking, decision making, self management, group management and goal setting. Students are also engaged in discussions and activities that holistic wellness principles, mindfulness and intentional living. 

​Thursday - Wednesday, July 20-26 or August 3-9