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The Robinson Ropes Course


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The Robinson Ropes Course

The Robinson Ropes Course is located on the grounds of the Cooperative Middle School (CMS) in Stratham, NH. Our course is connected with the Browne Center, a part of the University of New Hampshire.

A ropes course is constructed of trees, cables, ropes and wood. We use the ropes course for group problem-solving activities  For a more detailed description of what a challenge course is please visit this website done by the Association for Challenge Course Technology.

The Robinson Ropes Course (RRC) is utilized by more than 1,300 middle school students at CMS, as well as by the community at large. To learn about what we do with the middle school students, check out the Curriculum section of this website.  RRC has delivered programs to area middle and high schools, faith groups, corporate groups, girl & boy scout troops and other groups interested in action learning.

The RRC delivers high quality programs that utilize the experiential model of education (hands-on learning or learning-by-doing.) The programs offered can consist of field initiatives (games on the ground), low ropes elements (activities up to 5 feet off the ground) and/or high ropes elements (up to 65 feet off the ground.) Different activities  are combined depending upon the type of group and its goals. 

Our course is called the "Robinson" Ropes Course because it was funded in part by the William Robinson Trust Fund of Exeter, NH. The course was built in 2000 with money acquired through a grant written by CMS teacher, Deb Merrill. The course was built by Elemental Designs on several acres of conservation easement property. The course consists of both low elements and high elements, and a zip line.  The ropes course is annually inspected and repaired by builders from the professional vender High Five.