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Asbury Woods Launches Low Ropes Course

Posted Jul 30, 2020


Carissa Snarski
Development & Marketing Director
Phone Work: (814) 836-6179
Email: csnarski@asburywoods.org


Erie, PA (July 30, 2020) - Asbury Woods is excited to announce the launch a brand new recreational offering thanks to generous donors and a grant from the Erie Community Foundation. Six low ropes course elements have been installed and are ready for groups to schedule programs. These elements are designed to challenge participants through cooperation, communication, and team-driven problem solving. Groups of all kinds can take on these challenges during a facilitated session with a trained Asbury Woods employee.

Fundraising efforts began in July 2019 with grant support from the Hovis Fund of the Erie Community Foundation and individual donors, raising over $10,000 to support the Low Ropes Course project. Planning went underway with work complete by Spirit Adventures, LLC in May, 2020.

The Asbury Woods Low Ropes course offers groups an exciting, fresh way to experience the outdoors while working to solve problems as a team.  With the help of a trained program facilitator, groups grow their skills in team building, communication, problem-solving, risk-taking and leadership in an outdoor setting.  Appropriate for both adult and youth groups, the Asbury Woods Low Ropes Course, is a positive, active experience that invites participants to challenge themselves in new ways. 

Click here for more information and to schedule a Low Ropes Course.

“The Low Ropes Course is another way Asbury Woods can highlight both the educational and outdoor recreation portions of our mission.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for tween birthday parties, youth groups, scouting activities, corporate team-building activities or simply a group of friends who want a fun, new activity together. We are thrilled for the support from our donors to offer this program for the Erie Community,” says Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director.

COVID-19 safety precautions: Low ropes course participates will be required to adhere to current local and state guidelines on safe social distancing and mask wearing. In addition, Asbury Woods staff will be wearing masks. Please note that the course is designed to work as a team and some elements require guests to be in close proximity to each other. It’s recommended that only groups who have already had close contact with each other schedule low ropes course programs at this time.


The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.

Asbury Woods achieves this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages.  In addition, they manage and maintain 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails.

The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom and free public access.  The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs.  The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center.  The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek.  Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.

Asbury Woods is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually, Asbury Woods positively impacts more than 87,000 people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate education and community outreach programs.