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Let nature be your classroom.

Treat your group to a hands-on experience in the great outdoors. Help push students boundaries and move beyond their comfort zones. Foster teamwork, collaboration and trust among friends. Tamarack Adventure & Retreat Center will give your group an adventure they’ll never forget.

Design your experience

Each year, children’s groups of all sizes and ages visit Tamarack Adventure & Retreat Center. Our trained staff and accommodating facilities ensure a safe, educational and enjoyable visit. We specialize in working with you to develop a curriculum-enhancing program that your group will enjoy and remember for years.

Our youth programs cover nearly every topic, from living sciences to sports, history to high ropes. Explore some of our most popular options below.

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Tamarack Adventure & Retreat Center offers over 50 engaging programs to meet every group’s goals. Call us to learn about additional activities at 248-647-1100.

Category: Team Building Adventure Education Sports, Recreation and Camp Favorites Living History and Cultural Education Wilderness and Environmental Sciences

Duration: 30 minutes – 3 hours

Season:

Participants: Varies by activity

Age: Participants of all ages are welcome

Chaperones: Varies by activity

Group Initiatives

One of our most popular programs, Group Initiatives (also referred to as Team Challenge) encourages teams to work together and communicate to solve a series of challenges.

Category: Team Building Adventure Education

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

Season:

Participants: Unlimited

Age: 5th grade and up

Chaperones: 1:16 (for groups younger than 18)

High Ropes

High ropes gives group members an opportunity to explore and expand their personal comfort zones. Our course is equipped with 20 unique, elevated challenges. The course has fully updated safety systems and is always supervised by trained staff.

Category: Sports, Recreation and Camp Favorites

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

Season:

Participants: 40 maximum

Age: 5th grade and up

Chaperones: 1:10

Living Science

In Living Science, groups have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Midwest native mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds while learning about animal habitats, ecological niches and biodiversity.

Category: Wilderness and Environmental Sciences

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Season:

Participants: Unlimited

Age: K – 12th grade

Chaperones: 1:12

Map and Compass

Groups will learn basic orienteering skills as they make their way through a course. Kids will be divided into smaller teams, who will travel through wooded trails collecting Michigan facts and information to complete a puzzle.

Category: Wilderness and Environmental Sciences

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes OR 2 hours 45 minutes

Season:

Participants: Unlimited

Age: K – 12th grade

Chaperones: 1:8

Outdoor Cooking

Give your group a hands-on taste of an authentic camping tradition with outdoor cooking. Kids will create and cook their own meal over a fire before sitting down to eat. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated upon request.

Category: Living History and Cultural Education

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Season:

Participants: Unlimited

Age: 4th grade and up

Chaperones: 1:15

Rock Wall and Zip Line

Participants fly down the zip line and cheer on their friends as they do the same. After an exhilarating zip through the trees, we open the rock wall for participants to push themselves further and try to climb to the top of the wall.

Category: Sports, Recreation and Camp Favorites

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

Season:

Participants: 30 maximum

Age: 1st grade and up

Chaperones: 1:10

Smoklerville

Smoklerville–an 1860s town modeled after the American pioneer era–is an immersive experience that allows children and chaperones to see what it took to survive as a 19th century homesteader. Participation from both children and chaperones is imperative.

Category: Living History and Cultural Education

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

Season:

Participants: Unlimited

Age: 4th – 8th grade

Chaperones: Minimum of 10

Team Games

Get your group thinking like a team with a series of games, designed to reinforce basic team skills like collaboration, leadership, respect and good sportsmanship.

Category: Sports, Recreation and Camp Favorites

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Season:

Participants: Unlimited

Age: All ages

Chaperones: 2

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness survival gets participants’ hands dirty as they dig into what it takes to survive in the wild. Groups discover the basic needs of food, shelter and water, and learn what to pack in a survival kit. Short and long programs available.

Category: Wilderness and Environmental Sciences

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes OR 2 hours 45 minutes

Season:

Participants: Unlimited

Age: 4th – 12th grade

Chaperones: 1:12