The Corporate Wilderness Experience
The wilderness experience is just right for most teams whose members have differing levels of physical fitness, capabilities and interests.
- Fire Building (with and without a match)
- Orienteering (using a compass, map drawing, way finding)
- Water Gathering
- Plant & Animal Identification
- Stealth Walking (to help capture an animal when you’re starving)!
Working with you, we will customize your experience by selecting the activities that would be most appropriate for your team. Locations for your Corporate Wilderness Experience will have creature comforts such as bathrooms and seating areas.
The Indoor/Outdoor Adventure
For the team that would enjoy spending some part of the day outside in a park-like setting, while still having nice bathrooms and air conditioned conference rooms, this would be the perfect experience.
We are proud to say that the beautiful Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek has invited Paleoventures to partner with them in providing an offsite experience that could accommodate both a team’s need to do inside work with their desire for an outdoor experience. During the planning phase of our project, you can decide the time allocation that’s just right to accomplish your objectives:
- Is this mostly an outside day with fun teambuilding activities and debriefs in a beautiful and nearby setting?
- Is it primarily an inside work day with lunch on the patio and perhaps a park scavenger hunt before continuing the work?
- Or perhaps it’s a full work day with a docent tour of the museum’s wildlife hospital where you might get to see a procedure to save an injured animal’s life?
The options are endless and easy to customize to fit your specific needs.
The Advanced Wilderness Experience
For the team that enjoys physical challenges, this is the offsite for you.
- Animal Tracking
- Friction Fires Making
- Advanced Orienteering
- Challenge Hikes
- Shelter Building
- Food Collection
- And More!
There are no creature comforts here! For this outdoor experience, it is important that every member of the team be very physically fit and enjoy physical activity and physical challenges.
How We Design Your perfect Wilderness Offsite
To design your perfect adventure, we meet with you, ask lots of questions and listen carefully. We want to know about your objectives for the offsite, the make-up of your team and their special needs, their work, goals and challenges and the business objective you are hoping to impact by improved teamwork. Your team will return to work energized and excited after spending a day in the wilderness, engaging with, learning about and appreciating their teammates in a whole new way.
Click the icons below for the questions we might ask to make the experience just right for you.
What’s the purpose of their work?
Who’s on the team?
How they work together (strengths and weaknesses as a team)?
What teambuilding offsites or activities have they experienced in the past?
Any physical challenges or issues we should consider?
Any specific people you would like to have on small teams together – or not?
Anything else you would like us to know about your team that we might not have asked?
Why have you decided to have this offsite?
Any particular skills, such as communication, problem solving or decision making, you want to emphasize?
Any problems or issues on the team you are trying to improve?
How do you want your team to feel after the offsite? What would you like to hear them say?
How will you personally measure the success of the offsite?
What business result do you hope to impact?
What do you want to happen? What do you not want to happen?
Any other goals you want us to know about?
Is there a need to accomplish any specific work by the end of the offsite?
Do you, as the manager, need time on the agenda? If so, how much time?
When would you like to begin and end your day?
Can we arrange a pre-arrival activity for the team (ex: road rally in teams from a designated starting spot)
Through a variety of outdoor activities, team members learn to draw upon the skills of their teammates as they acquire and share new knowledge, assume personal responsibility and share decision-making. Opportunities for peer feedback enable individuals to feel valued and appreciated by their teammates for their contribution, benefitting the individual, the team and ultimately the organization.
As teams work together, each member has an opportunity to demonstrate his or her unique abilities, leading to a greater appreciation by the team as a whole for the individual. Through cooperation, sharing of information and clear communication, teams learn to make better decisions and succeed at new and adventurous tasks. Combining learning, fun and appreciation of nature all contribute to an engaging experience for both new and mature teams.
Outdoor Skill Benefits
Paleoventures activities teach real outdoor which might, in fact, save an individual’s life if he or she is ever in a true crisis situation. Acquiring these skills builds confidence and true capability to survive in the unfamiliar and unforeseen circumstances of life.
Click icons below for examples of specific activities and their benefits.
Teams, and individual team members, are often given unfamiliar tasks to accomplish at work. While each person brings unique skills, they often need to draw on the skills of teammates and colleagues to complete the task from beginning to end. Having had the experience of working together in the wilderness, they will have a greater appreciation of their teammates’ talents, and feel more comfortable asking for help when they need it to accomplish an important work objective.
When a team manages to find the necessary materials, assemble them properly, light and manipulate the tiny flame into a real fire, they share a sense of accomplishment. Along the way, and after proper instruction, they have also learned and worked together to make decisions about where to look for materials, what materials to gather, how to assemble the materials, and how to communicate and work as a team to protect their fire.
Outdoor Skill Benefit:
Everyone learns to build a fire when lost in the wilderness. A fire serves many practical purposes: warmth, light, and cooking. In addition, fire has been proven to have many physiological benefits, including a feeling of empowerment, “I did this! I made a fire!” As well as optimism, “If I can do this, I can do other things to take care of myself!”
The team’s experience of learning together and sharing knowledge can be translated into other areas of acquiring new knowledge and using their knowledge to move toward team goals. Research shows that when teams learn together, they make progress much more quickly than through individual learning, even when the individuals subsequently share what they’ve learned. This activity provides team learning, sharing of new knowledge, joint decision-making and opportunities for peer feedback along the way.
Since many people are not experienced at using a simple compass, learning this skill can be very rewarding. When everyone on the team has learned the skill, small teams work together to draw a navigational map with at least five points. As they decide what to include in their map, they must communicate and make joint decisions. When they exchange their maps with other teams, more communication and sharing of information helps each team succeed in following the map and finding the buried treasure at the end. And, while they are learning and practicing valuable team skills, they are also having fun and enjoying a successful experience together
Outdoor Skill Benefit:
When lost in the wilderness, experience in basic orienteering skills can give a hiker confidence and improve their ability to find their way back to camp.
Individuals who feel valued and appreciated by their teammates are more satisfied with their work and make their best contribution to the team’s work, benefitting both the team, and ultimately the organization.
Teams work together to find the necessary materials and accomplish a hands-on task together. The team will notice that each individual’s contribution is important, whether it’s the dexterity to construct a trap or the ability to visualize and coach the construction of the final project.
Outdoor Skill Benefit:
The ability to get food in the most calorically efficient way, without expending unnecessary energy, can make a big difference in the wilderness. Even though it is possible to live for almost a month without food, hunger can lessen an individual’s ability to make good decisions and to think rationally, both of which are critical outdoor skills. Through the discussion about using energy in the most efficient way, individuals will look for the most efficient way to perform their daily tasks as they remember that building a snare saved them the time and energy of chasing a rabbit!