3 fun ideas for social distancing team building in the Columbia Gorge

As we’ve all learned over the past few months, sometimes a Zoom call just doesn’t cut it. And with restrictions easing across the country, companies are now looking for ways to bring their teams back together while still maintaining social distancing.

Being based in the adventure paradise of Hood River, Oregon, we know a thing or two about getting outside and away from the crowds, which is why we’re fielding inquiries from everyone from small families to major corporations asking us to show them a fun time in our backyard and beyond.

Here are three of our favorite social distancing team building experiences in the Columbia River Gorge.

Safety is our top priority. Read about the framework of social distancing guidelines we’ve developed to ensure the highest standards of health and safety are met during our team building activities and private tours.

1) Picnic, Paddle and Pinot

We’re all about replacing boring meeting rooms with the great outdoors, so join us for a day of team bonding at picturesque Lost Lake which is one of our most popular Gorge tours.

Lost Lake

The set up at Lost Lake

Global Sessions will reserve a private lakeside area, and set it up for an inviting conversation circle against the inspirational backdrop of Mt Hood. Reconnect with team members you haven’t seen in months, enjoy a fireside chat, head out on a leisurely three-mile hike around the lake, or paddle your own canoe or SUP. Heck, we’ll even provide fishing poles so you can try your luck at snagging a 12-inch trout.

Meals, snacks and s’mores are prepared by a certified caterer, and served with the Willamette Valley’s top Pinot and personal stashes of artisan cheese, nuts and chocolate.

2) Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Not all of the trails to Columbia Gorge waterfalls are open, but lucky for you there are a few secret waterfalls that only us locals about, well away from any crowds. Hop on your electric bike as we peddle to four different sets of incredible falls, and stop at our own private picnic area to relax or have an outdoor meeting. In true Global Sessions fashion, each waterfall stop includes a special surprise.

To up the experience even more, we partner with three of our favorite Hood River wineries to enjoy fantastic mountain views and tasting flights during this socially-distanced outdoor sipping experience.

3) Peddle, Paddle and Create

Imagine the Amazing Race meets art camp. We start off by peddling our e-bikes along the Hood River waterfront, then paddle individual kayaks to a private island (boat shuttle also available) which has a breathtaking Gorge view.

An eBike tour in Hood River

An outdoor lunch is served, then it’s time to get creative. Each team member has 45 minutes to build an intricate sandcastle and driftwood sculpture using a theme that symbolizes and unites your team. After the build, each team member gets one minute to showcase their creation, and the winner gets a prize.

Not ready to have social distancing meetings in person yet? Check out our fun remote team building activities like Home Olympics and this virtual cooking class.