Shenandoah National Park is an inspiring setting for meetings and team building events. An easy drive from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah is surrounded by the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains and provides a place where focus comes naturally and majestic scenery takes events to new levels.
Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge provide meeting space, A/V equipment, a creative culinary team and outstanding service for groups of up to 80 people.
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The historic Conference Building is not your standard meeting room. This room offers warm chestnut paneling, stone chimneys and restored oak flooring. Features and amenities include:
The meeting room at Big Meadows Lodge is perfect for smaller groups of up to 35 people. The comfortable, chestnut-paneled space is located in the main lodge building. Features and amenities include:
Skyland works with Teamlink, Inc. to create high-energy programs focusing on cohesion, communication, flexibility and problem solving. From 90-minute to full-day sessions, these professionally coordinated exercises combine fun and friendly competition that boost morale and productivity.
Popular team building activities include:
T1 Challenges - The baseline for all other programs, these activities are appropriate for all staff, from facilities maintenance to CEO. A range of activities, starting with
simple verbal communication challenges and working up to complex asset management problems, were specifically developed for their effectiveness, fun and applicability to “professional behavioral demands." Generally lasting from 4 to 6 hours, these activities focus on the way work groups relate to each other as individuals and as a group collectively.
Normally, T1 Challenges are stand-alone training days designed to focus on all aspects of work group/team development. The activities are memorable, fun, meaningful, highly portable and appropriate for both indoors and outdoors. Results for both newly (re)organized and long-established work groups are equally successful, with team cohesiveness typically advanced by weeks, if not months.
Adventure Pursuits - These activities were made for team building! The staff from Shenandoah Mountain Guides engages your people with adventure-based challenges perfect for corporate outings and team growth. Training goals and outcomes are similar to the T1 programs, but the experience is less “skill focused."
Rock Climbing - Requiring more trust than muscle, this is much more of a psychological challenge than a physical challenge. The bonds of trust, anxiety, and shared challenge build camaraderie that is legendary. Although it is not extremely physically demanding, it does require a positive spirit and adventurous attitude. (Limited to 20 participants. Available April through October.)
Hiking - A guided hike to a remote Blue Ridge summit is another low-to-medium impact way of building camaraderie and team spirit. The guides can help you select the perfect mountain, route and time (sunrise, midday, sunset, moonlight) for your group. (Limited to 30 participants. Available year round, weather permitting.)
"I just wanted to write a quick note to tell you what a wonderful experience the Johns Hopkins M.A. programs had in Shenandoah for the eight days of our summer "Conference on Craft." We held two classes there - my class on nature/place/environment for science writers primarily, and a class on "Reading Appalachia" for fiction and nonfiction writers. Both classes hiked peaks, rambled in the meadow, overlooked, drove the drive, of course enjoyed the Skyland and Big Meadows lodges and restaurants, went to swimming holes, saw waterfalls, saw bears and deer and other wildlife and wildflowers, saw weather come in from the Valley, and otherwise had numerous experiences and encounters with the natural world - great fodder for writing. The students - ranging in age from 20s to 60s - literally said that their week there was life-changing."
- Sue Eisenfeld, Johns Hopkins University, 2015
"Your support and help, and that of the fabulous, caring, understanding staff, was critical to our successful conference, so thanks very much."
- David Everett, Johns Hopkins University, 2015