NEW TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY ON CAMANO ISLAND
Regional meeting and event planners have a new team-building activity at Kristoferson Farm on Camano Island, Washington. The farm, already known for their popular zipline tour, has added Terra Teams, a 12-element challenge course located on the property’s forestlands.
“We are excited about expanding upon the farm’s experiential learning,” says Mona Campbell, director of marketing, “and appealing to a broader market for corporate team building.”
Each course is specially designed for the group, based upon the needs assessment document the group fills out before their arrival. Once group’s needs are established, the facilitator builds a sequence of goals such as problem- solving, creative thinking, planning, bonding, morale and communication skills by utilizing built-in elements as well as movable elements such as hula hoops, balls and other gadgets.
“Before the challenge, the facilitator explains how each element works. Then, the facilitator watches the group’s progress and assists when necessary,” explains Campbell. “The built-in elements utilize the natural environment that is so compelling, but sometimes the challenge comes from an ordinary prop such as a stack of cards used in an interesting way.”
Meeting and event planners also have the option to arrange for a full-day experience at Kristoferson Farm with a team-building session at Terra Teams, a zipline tour at Canopy Tours NW and lunch in between.
Canopy Tours NW includes six ziplines with their longest line 55 feet longer than the Space Needle is high. There is also a log bridge, two short walks and a 47-foot drop from a 100-year-old cedar tree. Located throughout the course are interpretive platforms describing the forest’s flora and fauna, and based on the season, there are stops for lavender lemonade or hot chocolate.
Tours for both activities run year-round, rain or shine, and boxed lunches can be arranged for any tour. During the summer season, Canopy Tours NW offers shuttle service from select locations in Seattle and for Terra Teams with an advance arrangement. For an evening outing, event planners can also arrange for small groups to attend one of the farm’s elegant farm-to-table dinners set in the hay barn. Dinners run monthly from May to October and include a five-course wine pairing meal with seasonal and locally sourced dishes created by Cama Beach Café & Catering or a guest chef.
Located an hour north of Seattle, the multi-faceted Kristoferson Farm offers meeting and event planners plenty of options from in-depth team building to the thrill of a zip line and the comradery of a celebratory evening.
Mona Campbell, director of marketing