Remember the excitement and thrill of learning to ride a bike? You didn’t learn by reading, you learned by DOING! That’s why you’ll learn by doing in our Life Skills Development Program. We’ll foster and help establish life skills development and personal growth by emphasizing self-esteem, trust, self-discovery and responsibility.

Our experience at Mother Lode was exceptional. Your staff was eager to help us make the most of our trip. It brought what we were learning in the classroom to life, allowing my students to make an unforgettable experience and connection. All your activities were well planned and, most importantly, fun!

Myra M.

Life Skills Development Program

Students will learn hands-on leadership skills, problem solving, respect and teamwork, as they’ll be tested to work together physically and mentally in our challenging ropes course. Our Life Skills Development Program is carried out by utilizing the various elements of a Challenge Ropes Course.

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Observation, discussion and physical activity play a central role…

Our Life Skills Development Program is carried out by utilizing the various elements of a Challenge Ropes Course. Low element activities occurring close to the ground include games, trust activities, group initiatives and activities involving structural elements that build on problem solving skills and trust, such as the “Nitro Swing,” “Spider Web” and “Whale Watch.”

The high elements are primarily individual challenges. These elements occur between 20-40 feet above ground, with each participant attached to an experienced facilitator using a technical belay system. We support participants as they find their comfort zones and possibly choose to push beyond them. Examples of high elements are the “Pipe Dream”, “Cat Walk” and “Leap of Faith”.

What are “life skills”?

Mother Lode River Center uses a wide range of experiential methods, outdoor activities and learning models to build morale, develop confidence and enhance a sense of community by building upon these skills:


To be honest, sincere and to do what is right


To do something because it needs to be done


The ability to alter plans when necessary


To continue in spite of difficulties

Problem Solving

To seek solutions in difficult situations


To wait calmly for something


A desire to learn or know about a full range of things

And so many more!