Traverse through the trees in our High Ropes Courses!
The Howell Nature Center operates two high ropes courses – North Pines and South Pines. Each contains different obstacles that are attached by cables 25-30 feet up in the air! You are attached to each obstacle by two safety lines that are attached to your harness and a cable that is above your head. Each cable can hold up to 7,500 lbs! Both courses have a 250-ft zip line at the end.
There are different routes you may take while in the course depending on your skill and comfort. The shortest route takes you on 3-4 obstacles, where you can end with the zip line or climb down the ladder and the longest route takes you on 8-10 obstacles with your choice of zip line or climbing down the ladder. The obstacles may include:
- Burma Buckets
- Cargo net
- Wild Cat Log
- Flea Jump
When a registered group signs up for the high ropes program, there is a one-hour orientation prior to the program in order to familiarize the group with our rules and procedures. The high ropes program takes 2 hours per group (10-25 people per group).
The High Ropes Course is a wonderful way to learn teamwork skills, cooperation, trust, and work on communication. It’s also a great way to conquer your fears!
Looking to bring your family or friends to try out the High Ropes Course? Check out our Public Days:
2014 OPEN High Adventure-printable schedule of open zip line, tower climb, and high ropes dates
Reservation and prepayment is required in order to do our High Ropes Courses. Please call our office at 517-546-0249 to make a reservation.
Participants must fill out a waiver in order to do the High Ropes Course.
Challenge by Choice
The Howell Conference & Nature Center operates with a Challenge by Choice philosophy for all activities. Participants choose their level of challenge; they are never forced into an activity. And participants know that they have the positive support of the others in their groups, promoting positive risk-taking, self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork.
Your safety is a top priority at the Howell Conference & Nature Center. Participants in any adventure activity receive proper instruction and equipment by trained Nature Center staff. We are accredited by the American Camp Association and operate under safety standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.