Team Building and Corporate Outings

Team building by nature

Build Unity, Build Your Future

Build your group unity on the trails and rivers of the beautiful Harpers Ferry area near Washington DC, Baltimore MD and northern VA.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” -Plato

About our Team Building Program

Only one hour from the D.C. and Baltimore Metro Regions, River Riders team building offers action learning, team building and corporate development programs in Harpers Ferry, WV. Nature is always the setting in our outdoor classroom. Your events are inherently team activities so we don’t have to make up fluff to fill your day. Using our expertise and the best adventure equipment available, we facilitate your day(s) in a professional, personable manner.


Watch how experiential education strengthens the bond between group members and refocuses energy on important issues. Through action learning – using actual experiences as a learning tool – River Riders helps group members gain valuable insight into their interactions with each other.


In our outdoor classroom, teams are faced with challenging activities and problem-solving scenarios to test their communication skills. Debriefings following the activities are the key to focusing on challenges and triumphs and linking them to real life situations. As a result your group will be inspired to improve weaknesses and capitalize on the strengths of each individual.


Through our “challenge by choice” philosophy, team members are encouraged but not required to go outside of their comfort zones. Individual accomplishments are celebrated. The course is designed to be FUN.

Let us develop a program that meets the needs of your group or team.

Contact us today!
Call: 304-535-2663


Rates are dependent on activity choice and number of participants. The following rates will give you a general idea of the costs of your event. We will calculate your exact pricing after we together determine your needs and desires.


  • Full day: $89 to $149 per person for groups of 10-80+ people (larger groups typically divided into smaller groups for some activities)
  • Half day: $69-$99 per person for groups of 10-80+ people (larger groups typically divided into smaller groups for some activities)
  • Multi-day: $89-$149 per person per day for groups of 10-80+ people (larger groups typically divided into smaller groups for some activities)

*does not include accommodation (we do have stay and play packages with our vacation rentals, cabins, and campground)


These are examples of activities that your group can use to achieve your goals. Many other options are available as well. We can tailor an experience unique to your group and your group needs. 

Ice Breakers

Team Building and corporate development near Washington, DC, Northern VA and Baltimore, MD, consists of activities to get know to know participants in your group and establish trust.

Shaping the Organization:

Blindfolded group attempts to create complex and precise shapes with the circle of rope they are holding.

Group Trust and Support:

People holding a rope circle take turns leaning in and out of the circle, testing their trust and support. Team Building and corporate development near Washington, DC, Northern VA and Baltimore, MD

Elevating the Corporation:

Group attempts to suspend a bucket of water using two pairs of "skis" resting on four inverted buckets.

Blind Maze:

Group members are blindfolded and led into a rope maze. Once there they must find the exit.

Afternoon Activites

Afternoon Activities can be either land or water based; choose from our popular activities to continue the team’s growth.


Harpers Ferry Zipline Canopy Tour is the areas newest, most exhilarating adventure. Come soar through the lovely Potomac riverside woodland and enjoy a birds’ eye view of the Harpers Ferry Gap and Harpers Ferry National Park, C&O canal, AT, Potomac National Heritage Trail. The spectacular scenery and the rush of the “flight”, provides a thrilling experience for first-timers to pros. Our professional staff will guide you through over 15 features including, zips, ladders, and suspension bridges, delivering over 2 ½ hours of excitement! This canopy tour will allow you to fly above the beautiful Harpers Ferry shoreline from the exhilarating height of 55 feet! 

Aerial Adventure Park

Our all new Aerial Adventure Park challenges your group at new heights. Our beautiful park is located on 4 wooded acres and offers 5 trails varying in difficulty. Groups work together to build confidence and trust in group as you leap through the hanging lily pads, wiggle through the wobble bridge, get stumped on the tree stump ladder, and pony up on the saddle! This is a great way to create unity for your group, enjoy nature, and get a work out!

Canoeing or kayaking

Rent a canoe or rent a kayak and take a leisurely flat-water trip along the Potomac or Shenandoah Rivers near Harpers Ferry. Along the way, River Riders team members will go over safety and self-rescue, developing communication skills among the group, overcoming fears, and working on trusting co-workers to over come obstacles presented.

White water Rafting

Participants will take turns guiding rafts down the Shenandoah or Potomac Rivers under the close supervision of our team-building guides during our white water rafting Harpers Ferry trip.

Team Meeting Space

Meeting space is available at River Riders. A casual indoor meeting room or outdoor meeting space that comfortably seats 30-40 can be arranged. We can also arrange spaces for larger groups with advanced planning.


Catering is also available for groups of all sizes with indoor and outdoor seating.


Team Building by Nature offers a unique and fun learning experience for all types of groups including: schools, offices, birthdays, families, and reunions.


Team Building by Nature is the division of River Riders, Inc devoted to quality corporate experiences. Groups looking to get some professional development as well as fun from their outing will find our corporate development programs a perfect match.


Licensing and Affiliations

River Riders is licensed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. We are members of the Association for Experiential Education. We’re also active members of many paddling associations – America Outdoors, West Virginia Professional River Outfitters, and the Professional Paddlesports Association, and conservation organizations – American Rivers, American Whitewater Affiliation, American Canoe Association, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and Friends of the Shenandoah River.


Latest Updates, Improvements, and Amenities

We listened to your comments and suggestions and built on to our existing building the amenities you asked for. Those Improvements included new changing rooms, lockers, and bathrooms. We have also expanded and modernized our retail and check-in area, and put in a new pavilion with seating, surround sound, and TV’s for viewing safety briefings. The addition of our Potomac riverside property affords us the use of open space and wooded areas to expand our orienteering program and land activities. Markle’s Excavating installed a 156-space paved parking area. We have also put in new drying and sanitation areas for PFDs and wetsuits. To improve working conditions for our staff, we have doubled our equipment storage area, put in a new break room and increased the size of the office and reservation area.