Stowe Heights

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

10/07/2021

There are just THREE MORE WEEKS left in this season and we will be starting to book for 2022 in November!!! Come join us at Stowe Heights.

A special thank you to Complete Weddings + Events Des Moines for capturing an amazing day on the course and creating this video for us! Thank you to Global Partners in Hope (GPiH) for distributing funds to make events like this happen!!! And thank you to this year's Youth Leadership Initiative of Des Moines 2021-2022 class for allowing us to capture a part of their day at Stowe Heights.

Contact [email protected] to learn more about the course and book your group today!

Stowe Heights Challenge Course is a program of Community Youth Concepts

09/18/2021

What a fun morning with this family celebrating their parents’ 40th Anniversary! ♥️

Thank you for choosing Stowe Heights!

What a fun morning with this family celebrating their parents’ 40th Anniversary! ♥️

Thank you for choosing Stowe Heights!

09/16/2021

September 14th, 2021 was United Way of Central Iowa's Day of Action. Each year it is a day where nonprofit partners team up with corporate volunteers to accomplish projects, big and small.

We are incredibly thankful for the time and energy this team of volunteers from American Enterprise put into removing invasive plants and weeds. The bees and butterflies were happy to see their pollinator plants that had been lost amongst the volunteer trees, painful thorns, pokeweed, creeping charlie and grasses. They spent 5 hours removing 4+ truck loads of invasives, installed a couple of plants and swept the drive and sidewalks.

Thank you a thousand times over, American Enterprise! Your team was wonderful to work with and incredibly supportive of this HUGE project.

Photos from Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines's post 09/15/2021

Another beautiful day to connect. Thank you to the Community Foundation for hosting this event.

09/15/2021

What a beautiful night to be on the course with a fun crew from Insight Global.

What a beautiful night to be on the course with a fun crew from Insight Global.

08/31/2021
08/27/2021

Mollie is one of our facilitators at Stowe Heights and we are thankful for her role in programming. She is an amazingly hard worker and has an equally supportive and gentle presence with young people when they are preparing to climb and working through their fears along the way. We are thankful Mollie is on our team.

During the school year, you can find Mollie at Southeast Polk, North High School, Woodside Middle School and Harding Middle School connecting youth to their community. If you have a child at one of those schools and would like to learn more, contact [email protected]

It is work anniversary week here at C*C! We are so thankful that Mollie Rastetter joined our team one year ago today - during a pandemic and while we were trying to figure out how to do virtual programming! Mollie has done a fantastic job navigating all of the challenges in the past year and ensuring that we are offering high quality programming for youth in our community! Help us congratulate and celebrate Mollie! We are so thankful for you!

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 08/25/2021

This 8th grade leadership team kicked off their year challenging themselves at Stowe Heights. From portables to lows to highs, we asked them to do hard things. The joy expressed when hard things are achieved is priceless.

08/20/2021

Thinking of this leadership crew at Hoover High School today as they welcome incoming Freshman. Stowe Heights had the opportunity to spend time assisting in the planning and practicing of orientation activities they will lead today.

Thinking of this leadership crew at Hoover High School today as they welcome incoming Freshman. Stowe Heights had the opportunity to spend time assisting in the planning and practicing of orientation activities they will lead today.

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 08/18/2021

Over the weekend Stowe Heights had the pleasure of hosting the Youth Leadership Initiative class of 2021-22. Can’t wait to see the amazing things that will come from this group of young people. @ylidsm

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 08/17/2021

July and August have been busy at Stowe Heights! Time to catch up. #spiderweb #focused

08/06/2021

It has been a busy month and we are not done. Get outside and play with us at Stowe Heights!

It has been a busy month and we are not done. Get outside and play with us at Stowe Heights!

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 07/02/2021

Stowe Heights had the opportunity to take it’s portables on the road this week to talk about stress management and communication with this group of students.

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 06/29/2021

It was a great morning at Stowe Heights with this group of co-workers looking for a challenge to push their communication and have a shared experience. They indeed pushed and went above and beyond!

If you would like to bring your team out to the course, contact [email protected] or visit our website at www.stoweheights.org

06/27/2021

We are officially open for the final day of the Des Moines Arts Festival...Come see us before 5pm today, ALL tips and a portion of the profits go towards Youth Scholarships at the Stowe Heights Challenge Course. A HUGE Thank you to all who have visited and Volunteered this weekend, You all make this worth all of the work!!!

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 06/24/2021

The weather forecast pushed our group inside this morning, but we still had a lot of fun with this competitive and focused group of students who brought smiles and laughter! #teamwork #stayengaged #raisingthebar #laughmorelearnmore

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 06/23/2021

A big thank you to Mercy One for inviting Stowe Heights out to their site to work with their residents as they complete orientation in preparation for their rotations next week. We had a fun morning of laughing and learning and couldn’t have asked for better weather.

If you have questions about our Portable Challenge program, contact [email protected] for more information.

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 06/23/2021

This week started off with 2 days of lows and highs as Stowe Heights welcomed Des Moines area students who will be entering high school this coming fall.

Photos from Polk County Iowa's post 06/10/2021

Thank you to Tom Hockensmith and Polk County for being a major player in getting Stowe Heights off the ground!

06/09/2021

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting. So good to see so many faces. Inaugural Season Take 2 here we come!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting. So good to see so many faces. Inaugural Season Take 2 here we come!

Photos from Stowe Heights's post 06/08/2021

Another day of #laughmorelearnmore with this group of women.
It was a hot one! Thank goodness for playing amongst the shade of the trees.

06/08/2021

Another day of #laughmorelearnmore

Another day of #laughmorelearnmore

06/08/2021

Arts Fest is coming June 25-27th and we are looking for volunteers to help with our beverage tent.

C*C still needs 40 volunteers for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year! If you are looking for a fun fast paced volunteer opportunity, consider joining us for the Des Moines Art Festival! C*C manages a beverage tent each year and we need volunteers to assist with set up/tear down, and taking orders/pouring drinks. If you are interested, please sign up here: https://desmoinesartsfestival.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=53664 or contact John at [email protected] for more information! Proceeds go to support our Stowe Heights Challenge Course!

05/26/2021
Photos from Stowe Heights's post 05/15/2021

Pollinator Project Day 1 is in the books thanks to this group of volunteers! Bring on the birds, bees and butterflies. #manyhands #mentoractivities #volunteeringfamilies Community Youth Concepts Green Iowa AmeriCorps - Energy & Community

05/12/2021

A big thank you to this team from Principal Financial Group who came out to help get Stowe Heights cleaned up for the season. The course “floor”, sidewalks and trails all are looking significantly better in a short amount of time! #principalgivesback

A big thank you to this team from Principal Financial Group who came out to help get Stowe Heights cleaned up for the season. The course “floor”, sidewalks and trails all are looking significantly better in a short amount of time! #principalgivesback

05/11/2021

Trees Forever strikes a tree pose at Stowe Heights Saturday after a day of planting. It was so much fun to have this enthusiastic group of teens out to the course! #growingfutures #desmoines #laughmorelearnmore

Trees Forever strikes a tree pose at Stowe Heights Saturday after a day of planting. It was so much fun to have this enthusiastic group of teens out to the course! #growingfutures #desmoines #laughmorelearnmore

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

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