Outdoor and Cultural Programs

Why an Outdoor Adventure?

We have found that adventure activities like this are great tools for personal growth in our students. Healthy adventure has been virtually eliminated in our society. Youth are looking for excitement and adventure in their lives, and they will find it. Unfortunately, they often turn to less healthy forms of stimulation. We believe that adventure doesn’t have to be reckless, but it does have to provide excitement and a challenge. Growth requires effort and often a bit of discomfort. Growth requires that we venture beyond our comfort zones.” Growth is what we are after. 

What is Project Discovery's Outdoor Classroom

Project Discovery students are encouraged to participate in a two-day outdoor classroom at Hiwassee and Ocoee State Park near Benton, Tennessee. Seventh and eighth-grade students will enjoy an exciting 24-hour adventure rock climbing, canoeing, rappelling, mountain biking, fishing, and camping.

Project Discovery is about helping students make it to college. We offer important classroom guidance activities and workshops to help students finish school and go to college. In addition, programs like the outdoor classroom help provide students with an authentic learning environment where their choices and resulting consequences can give them great insight into other important decisions in their lives.

Explore Our Past Outdoor and Cultural Programs Below:

Project Discovery Adventure Trek

Adventure Trek

A summer program that follows the same outline as the Wilderness Education Association curriculum for adult outdoor leadership training.It is designed to teach leadership, decision making, and problem-solving skills through an outdoor setting. Adventure Treks run from one to six days in duration and consist of six Project Discovery Students and two qualified Project Discovery Staff.

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Project Discovery Students on the Lewis and Clark Expeditions

Expeditions of Rediscovery

Project Discovery Students retraced history with the Lewis and Clark Expedition of Rediscovery. Traveling the entire length of the original Lewis and Clark Expedition under our own power. Over three years we traveled annually from a starting point to a designated end point along the trail. From St. Louis, Missouri to Yankton, South Dakota from Wolf Point, Montana to Fort Benton, Montana and finally from Missoula, Montana to Astoria, Oregon.

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Project Discovery Students on the Lewis and Clark Expeditions

Girl Power Summer Trips

Canoeing, camping, exploring and learning; all these things and more on the annual "Girl Power Summer Trip." Fostering positivity, mindfulness and a sense of adventure in Project Discovery students. Exploring the outdoors in a fun and educational way.

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Project Discovery Students on the Lewis and Clark Expeditions

High and Low Element Challenge Courses

Challenging yourself, working as a team and climbing to new heights. The Alpine Tower requires you to pause and work out your next move before you make it. While the low ropes course pushes you and your fellow Project Discovery students to work together as a team solving physical "puzzles" and learning to trust one another.

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Project Discovery Students on the Lewis and Clark Expeditions

On The Road

Every summer Project Discovery hits the road to visit new places, meet new people. Getting out of our comfort zone allows us to become more open-minded and better educated about the world around us. We can make friends anywhere and we've met some truly wonderful people thus far.

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Project Discovery Students Service Learning

Service Learning


Open to 6th, 7th and 8th Graders, each summer we bring amazing Project Discovery Students to live in the WCU Residence Halls, eat in the cafeterias, climb the huge climbing wall and more. Plus, everyday we venture out in to the community to do service projects that help make a difference in our region.

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