Lewis and Clark were both hobbled during their great expedition—Clark from resentment at his second billing and Lewis from a lego slipped into his hiking boot by Clark. Enjoy noncompetitive nature excursions with today's Groupon: for $25, you get three hours of ziplining, wall climbing, and challenge courses at Wyman Center in Eureka (a $70 value). Sessions begin in March. Customers should call ahead to schedule an appointment.
The Wyman Center has hosted interactive outdoor programs with ziplines and climbing challenges for more than 110 years. Under the watchful eyes of supportive staffers and any fruit bats flying overhead, visitors sail through the air on ziplines and scale a 50-foot climbing wall. The high ropes course leads climbers through an elevated gauntlet of obstacles to be mastered high above terra firma. Groups beginning each three-hour outdoor jaunt can have up to 50 participants.
In 1898—the same year Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium and composer George Gershwin was born—the Wyman Center opened its doors. Founded in St. Louis by a group of citizens intent upon granting the city’s children a respite from the often sweltering tenements, the organization’s first programs were designed to furnish participants with fresh air, healthy food, and fun-filled outdoor activities. Though the world has changed radically since the Wyman Center’s inception, it continues to uphold and expand upon its founders' original mission of providing teens from disadvantaged circumstances with opportunities, support, and educational programs.
Today, powered by a dedicated staff of community leaders and volunteers, the Wyman Center’s numerous initiatives revolve around leadership and outreach programs. Amidst 250 acres of sylvan land, the Eureka campus serves as a base for outdoor education programs available to a variety of organizations from educational camps to team building retreats. Under the watchful eyes of supportive staffers and any fruit bats flying overhead, outdoor adventurers can tackle challenges afforded by ziplines, climbing walls, and orienteering activities. Along with skill-building programs, a variety of getaway packages invite groups to revel in the alfresco amenities of the Eureka campus while celebrating birthdays, weddings, or family reunions.