Stowe Heights

Stowe Heights

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It was good to get outside, take a breath and refocus.

Stowe Heights Challenge Course (SHCC) is managed by Community Youth Concepts (C*C). The course is open from May-October and available for groups by appointment.

SHCC provides portable programming all year long.

Operating as usual

05/06/2021

Let's enjoy this beautiful weather together! We will be planting pollinators to support the butterflies, bees and birds around Stowe Heights the morning of Saturday, May 15th. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click on this link and fill out the google form so we can update you with specifics (i.e. time) and plan for numbers: https://forms.gle/D6xTUurXWLGxz5kp6

Let's enjoy this beautiful weather together! We will be planting pollinators to support the butterflies, bees and birds around Stowe Heights the morning of Saturday, May 15th. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click on this link and fill out the google form so we can update you with specifics (i.e. time) and plan for numbers: https://forms.gle/D6xTUurXWLGxz5kp6

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 05/06/2021

Thanks to a volunteer sharing their time & skills, we are adding to our portable challenge toys! Two sets of trolleys coming soon. #laughmorelearnmore #volunteerappreciation #portablechallenge

05/05/2021

Come join us and play amongst the trees and sunshine.

Stowe Heights has been training new facilitators for summer programming the past few weeks. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about working with Stowe Heights, contact [email protected] to learn more. Must be 18 years old.

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 05/01/2021

Another beautiful training day! Thankful to have Bob Noe from Experiential Systems Inc. sharing his expertise! Strong work by these new trainees!

04/27/2021

It was a busy weekend! Thank you to all of our supporters.

The 15th annual iCare Eat-A-Thon wrapped up over the weekend and we want to give a big shout out and thank you to our team and everyone that supported them in taking on the Emmenecker. Stowe Heights is getting ready to launch its "take 2" inaugural season after a pandemic year. Funds raised are going to support programming for under-resourced groups. Thank you to iCare and all the volunteers and donors out there supporting our local non-profits. Contact [email protected] for more information on Stowe Heights.

#playmorelearnmore #stoweheightsblue #teamwork

04/27/2021

Stowe Heights was on the road Monday with its portable challenges. Thank you to Youth Leadership Initiative of Des Moines for a great day.

If you have a group that can’t get to the course, consider our portable challenge options. We bring the program to you. Contact [email protected] to learn more.
#SHCC #laughmorelearnmore #portablechallenge

Stowe Heights was on the road Monday with its portable challenges. Thank you to Youth Leadership Initiative of Des Moines for a great day.

If you have a group that can’t get to the course, consider our portable challenge options. We bring the program to you. Contact [email protected] to learn more.
#SHCC #laughmorelearnmore #portablechallenge

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 04/25/2021

Another great training day at Stowe Heights followed by our annual course inspection today. If you would like to join the facilitator team there is still time, contact [email protected].
#laughmorelearnmore #knotday

Stowe Heights 360 April 2021 04/21/2021

Stowe Heights 360 April 2021

During our facilitator training on Sunday Nic Baack had some fun with his 360 camera and created this video that includes a bird's-eye view from the second level.

Thank you Nic!!

For more information contact Stowe Heights here on FB or by email at [email protected].

Stowe Heights 360 April 2021 We had a facilitator training over the weekend and the amazing Nic Baack brought his 360 camera and graciously took some footage while he was 30 feet off the...

04/20/2021

Want to be like Bryan and become a facilitator at Stowe Heights? We are still hiring for the summer!

Bryan is the Director of Unified Sports with Special Olympics and we can’t say enough about the presence he brings to Stowe Heights.

You might get to experience a cronut from Chu Chu Donuts if you sign up. They are quickly becoming a Stowe Heights staple.

Contact [email protected] for more info.

Want to be like Bryan and become a facilitator at Stowe Heights? We are still hiring for the summer!

Bryan is the Director of Unified Sports with Special Olympics and we can’t say enough about the presence he brings to Stowe Heights.

You might get to experience a cronut from Chu Chu Donuts if you sign up. They are quickly becoming a Stowe Heights staple.

Contact [email protected] for more info.


04/19/2021

What a difference a day makes in spring!

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 04/18/2021

Facilitator Training began today! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautify day and can’t say enough about the staff! It is going to be a good year.

04/07/2021

There is always more to learn! The challenge course is a great practice ground!

There is always more to learn! The challenge course is a great practice ground!

04/07/2021

The 2021 season is fast approaching. For more information and booking please contact [email protected].

The 2021 season is fast approaching. For more information and booking please contact [email protected].

04/06/2021

What are your goals for 2021?

What are your goals for 2021?

03/25/2021

It has over 1 year since COViD-19 was declared a pandemic and Stowe Heights' inaugural year was put on hold. Looking back at posts from a year ago we were building excitement and momentum. We are happy to say that momentum is once again building as we head in the 2021 season.

With incredible support from our community of supporters, Stowe Heights is building a scholarship fund. The goal is to provide groups serving middle school and high school students to the opportunity to participate in Stowe Heights programming but may find themselves under-resourced.

It has been a challenging year and having opportunities in a space like Stowe Heights to come together, building communication, collaboration and cultivating community once again is especially valuable as we take steps forward in this new normal.

The deadline to apply for a Stowe Heights experience is April 23, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded in May for June and July programming.

Click on Google forms link below to apply:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfRLyrELtLhcGMlKKn-11ZecEHF0s-FqkCT3gA5fhQELHbmw/viewform

03/24/2021

Stowe Heights is getting ready for a new season. Take that step and contact [email protected] to learn more about booking a program for your group. It is a small step that can lead to a big impact.

03/18/2021

Community Youth Concepts

Would you like to work alongside some amazing people? We have some of the best staff at Stowe Heights and we are currently looking to hire additional staff for the 2021 season. If you, or someone you know, love being outdoors, are comfortable with heights and enjoy helping groups develop their teamwork and leadership skills, we have the job for you.
We are scheduling interviews now and training begins at the end of April. For more information, contact [email protected].

03/12/2021

This Stowe Heights memory marks the one year anniversary of COViD-19 being declared a pandemic.

We are happy to say excitement is brewing again as we make plans for 2021!

Stowe Heights will open in May! Contact [email protected] for more information and to book your group today.

Excitement is brewing for the opening of Stowe Heights. Thank you to our builder, Don, who was at the course yesterday and took time to talk with Stowe Elementary students.

12/02/2020

Community Youth Concepts

We cannot thank you enough for all of the support on #GivingTuesday yesterday and throughout this entire year! We cannot wait to get in a full season at the Stowe Heights Challenge Course in 2021, and we will leave our Facebook fundraiser open for the week in case anyone else wanted to support our scholarship fund for student groups to take advantage of this great opportunity! https://www.facebook.com/donate/211352917327633

12/01/2020

Community Youth Concepts

Huge thank you to everyone who has donated to CYC on #GivingTuesday so far!! Because of you we are able to provide 11 scholarships for students to participate in the Stowe Heights Challenge Course in 2021! We have three ways to donate to CYC today! (1) Venmo: @Community-YouthConcepts (2) website: http://cyconcepts.org/donate/ (3) or our Facebook Fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/211352917327633/10159000955132089/

12/01/2020

TODAY! Community Youth Concepts is raising funds to make sure the incredible opportunity of Stowe Heights is available to all. $45 sponsors 1 student to attend a program and Facebook will match any donations given TODAY on this #GivingTuesday.

Being able to get kids outside amongst the trees for a morning, afternoon or day of play with purpose is an incredible gift.

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! CYC is raising money to build a scholarship fund for student groups to participate at the Stowe Heights Challenge Course! Each $45 donations sponsors one student to attend - below you can hear from Becky, one of our amazing Stowe Heights Facilitators, about her experience with Stowe Heights this year! You can donate on our website or Venmo: @Community-YouthConcepts: http://cyconcepts.org/donate

10/13/2020

Had a great time breaking in the low course with Iowa State Gymnastics.

10/13/2020

Shout out to this gentleman right here who has been putting in hours helping Stowe Heights finish up some landscaping. Mandela’s hands are a set of the many we are thankful for.

10/13/2020

A beautiful sight to see these evergreens going in the ground. Beyond grateful to Lawn Ranger Lawn Care - Des Moines for the huge assist.

10/11/2020

Another fantastic day at Stowe Heights!!! This time we had the honor of working with this amazing group of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. They found out how a positive mindset can be a foundation to success. They also dug deep and found some grit and focus that made for an incredible day. Thank you to Julie Betts and Amy for bringing their troop out.

10/11/2020

What a beautiful day in October to be on the course at Stowe Heights working with this youth philanthropist board. UVoice is a group of 15 high school students who have come together to make a positive impact on the lives of young people in Central Iowa. It was a pleasure to be a part of their program this year.

09/26/2020

Big shout out to this volunteer group from Walnut Creek Church -downtown. They did some heavy lifting and planted 4 trees, 3 shrubs and helped spread grass seed and compost. This is a big deal and we are so grateful for the hard work.

09/25/2020

Stowe Heights visited the Cherry Glen Learning Farm today to pick up some compost and walked away with so much more! Feeling inspired. Ray Meylor gave us a tour and even let us try some produce as we learned about watershed mitigation. *warning: the “You’re On Your Own” Peppers are hot!

09/25/2020

It is tree planting season and Stowe Heights is getting ready! Thank you to Trees Forever for helping Stowe Heights source these new additions.

09/17/2020

Stowe Heights staff had a great time with this U12 Softball team out of Ankeny this past weekend. After a week of rain, it felt great to get back outside.

Stowe Heights will be open through October for the 2020 season. There is still time, but the schedule is filling fast.

For more information about the Stowe Heights experience, contact [email protected] or visit our website at www.stoweheights.org.

09/17/2020

Stowe Heights's cover photo

09/17/2020

Stowe Heights's cover photo

08/13/2020

Stowe Heights Challenge Course has lift off!

We had the privilege of working with the fantastic Youth Leadership Initiative of Des Moines class of 2020-21 over the weekend. What an amazing group of young people.

After a summer challenged by COViD-19, our amazing facilitators had the opportunity to show what they could provide and they delivered.

Stowe Heights is proud to provide quality socially distanced programming to the Greater Des Moines area that will enhance and reflect the goals of individual groups. For more questions and to schedule your group today, please contact [email protected]

Stowe Heights Challenge Course is a program of Community Youth Concepts

08/12/2020

It has been a busy few weeks (so busy we haven’t had time to share updates!) And then there was a derecho!

Thank you to the helpers and neighbors we got to meet while cleaning up. We know there is still a lot of clean up to do on the East side. A staff member will be out at the course this afternoon from 3-6 pm to answer questions about the course. If anyone could use a little assistance in the neighborhood, reach out!

Yesterday Dubuque Ave. was blocked just East of the course due to a downed power line so use caution and stay safe!


07/31/2020

Thank you Iowa Poison Ivy Removal for today’s adventure! Dan, Kelsey and Alec removed lots of poison ivy on the property starting with this healthy female vine and the seeds that birds like to feed on and spread.

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