TimberRidge Adventure Center,
one of Johnson County Park and Recreation District's premier facilities
for teamwork and team building, offers a wide range of opportunities
for families, friends and work groups to challenge themselves, learn
to communicate better, solve problems and work together.
Groups ranging from boy scouts to executive boards can experience
fun and excitement in a noncompetitive, safe and supportive atmosphere.
The main venue for these activities is the Center's professionally
certified challenge and ropes course featuring 28 low elements, a
200-foot zip line and a climbing tower with 3 other high elements.
With firsthand experience and group discussion, TimberRidge participants
explore and create problem-solving methods that are readily adaptable
to the challenges of day-to-day life. In addition to the Challenge
Course, TimberRidge offers other outdoor activities including hiking,
fishing, archery, canoes, and paddleboats.
Great Outdoor Setting
Located approximately five miles south of DeSoto in Olathe, Kansas,
TimberRidge Adventure Center encompasses over 200 acres of diverse
landscapes divided by a series of ponds. The rugged southern half
includes a box canyon and provides opportunities for exploration and
discovery among the limestone outcroppings and heavily wooded slopes.
The more open northern half, composed of upland prairie and scattered
woodlands, is perfect for large group events and activities.
In addition to being available for facilitated programs, TimberRidge
is also used by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District as
the setting for a growing number of programs, including summer camps,
weekend adventure programs, wellness retreats, the mother daughter
hike, the annual open house, and other special events.
Adventure and Challenge Course Opportunities
Come soar to new heights with us! The Challenge Course is located
atop the rugged southern ridge of the TimberRidge Adventure Center
property and consists of a dynamic series of elements, each with its
own team building or problem solving objective. Our trained staff
are Level I or Level II certified challenge course facilitators with
majority of staff as Level II. The course is run by a certified Challenge
Course manager. Our staff are certified by Challenge Options a Professional
Vendor Member for the Association of Challenge Course Technology.
Activities can be customized to meet specific personal growth and
team-building needs. TimberRidge experiences leave a lasting and meaningful
Objectives For Our Challenge Course Program
Build team trust
Improve communication skills
Expand leadership skills
Enjoy the great outdoors
The challenge-by-choice activities incorporate elements of fun and
excitement in a noncompetitive, safe, and supportive atmosphere.
Access to TimberRidge Adventure Center
by Reservation Only
Access to TimberRidge Adventure Center is by reservation or registration
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Park Police and Park Safety
If difficulties arise contact the JCPRD
Park Police through at 913-782-0720 and please have your copy
of the shelter reservation with you.
During a challenge course session, teams will have the opportunity
to participate in several different challenges that will test
the group both physically and mentally. They may swing across
a raging river, build a bridge across an archeological site or
find their way out of a dark cave. Other exciting team-building
activities might include escaping from a giant spider’s
web, exploring the rain forest, or testing balance while crossing
a volcano. New in Spring 2006, is the Hawks’ Nest Climbing
Tower. Come and see the view of TimberRidge from the perspective
of a hawk high atop the trees. In addition to the climbing tower,
we have also added several high elements to the challenge course.
Registered groups and campers are greeted at the Welcome Center
upon arrival at TimberRidge. The Welcome Center includes a kitchen
and restroom facilities, and a meeting room that accommodates
up to 80 people, and a large outdoor deck which wraps around the
building, overlooking one of the ponds recently completed in 2006.
Outdoor Shelter Rental
Looking for a place to have a family reunion, corporate picnic,
or group get together? TimberRidge Adventure Center is the place.
Your group can have a more private event in a beautiful park with
a view overlooking a pond from the outdoor shelter or the Welcome
Center. Access is limited to those who have reservations or programs.
Weddings - Two Locations
TimberRidge Adventure Center is an exceptional place to plan a
rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception. The site offers two
locations to plan your event. The Welcome Center
is an indoor facility with a beautiful wrap around deck, full
size kitchen and can accommodate up to 80 people inside. The Whispering
Pine Shelter is outdoors, has a limestone fireplace,
attached restrooms, and can accommodate up to 200 people. We also
have two gorgeous ponds for pictures and a wonderful view. Start
the adventure of a new life together with us. For more information
or to reserve your date at TimberRidge Adventure center, contact
Lysa Holladay at 913-856-8849. 3.2% cereal malt beverage only,
allowed with permit.
Call TimberRidge Adventure Center at (913) 856-8849
Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 764-7759 ext.24
Programming available at TimberRidge Adventure Center includes
an archery range, BB gun range, canoes, paddles boats, hiking
trails, and catch-and-release fishing ponds. Specialized age and
group-specific activities can be designed for each of these areas.
TimberRidge is situated adjacent to Kill Creek Park, an 875-acre
regional park that features magnificent prairie and lowland vistas,
a 26-acre lake with beach and marina, shelter houses, and over
three miles of developed trails for walking, hiking, biking, and
The first phase of development at the TimberRidge Adventure Center
was completed in Spring 2002. Future phased development will include
a multipurpose lodge, youth camping villages and adult sleeping
"The TimberRidge Adventure Center facility is a great place to hold events. We all enjoyed the Welcome Center, as well as the great outdoor setting. The atmosphere was very relaxing, which was exactly what we needed. Also, the meal that you organized for us was great, not having to worry about that aspect was very helpful!"