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  • Writer's pictureScott Colby

15 Refreshing Outdoor Team Building Ideas to Reconnect Your Team

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

Are you tired of the daily digital hustle? Daydreaming for a breath of fresh air? We hear you! It's time to take your team-building endeavors to the great outdoors, where the sun and blue skies await. Unplug those devices, reconnect with your team, and get ready for a memorable experience that will strengthen bonds, foster collaboration, and create lasting memories. Here are 15 innovative and time-efficient ideas to revitalize your team. All of them will help your team escape the ho hum of boring cubicle life and get them outside in the great outdoors.

1. Scavenger Hunt with a Twist:

We all know and love scavenger hunts, but why not add a little twist to it? Create teams, arm them with quirky challenges and riddles, and send them off on an adventure through a local park or city. It's a surefire way to encourage collaboration, problem-solving, and a whole lot of laughter.

2. Art in Nature:

Tap into your team's creative side by organizing an art-inspired outdoor activity. Set up an open-air art studio in a serene location, where your team can paint, draw, or sketch their surroundings. The beautiful backdrop will surely inspire a burst of creativity and bond your team in a new and imaginative way.

3. Cook-Off in the Wild:

Who says team building can't involve delicious food? Host a cook-off in a scenic picnic spot, and let your team cook up their favorite dishes over an open flame. Bonfires and good food have a magical way of bringing people together!

4. Outdoor Movie Night:

Grab a projector, a big screen, some cozy blankets, and popcorn, of course! Transform a quiet garden or park into an outdoor movie theater. Watching a movie together under the stars is a perfect way to bond and unwind as a team. Make sure you there is time before the movie starts for some conversation so your team can strengthen those connections.

5. Hike with a Gratitude Theme:

Nature and gratitude go hand in hand. Plan a hike with a special twist – encourage team members to share what they're grateful for during the journey. It's a great way to foster a positive atmosphere and remind everyone of the little things that matter. With our Gratitude Hikes, we usually have meaningful conversations by using the Grateful Deck, which helps us remember the good in our lives. Everyone also has an opportunity to write a handwritten note of appreciation to someone meaningful in their lives.

6. Whitewater Rafting or Canoeing Expedition:

If you're near a river or lake, go for an exciting whitewater rafting or canoeing expedition. It's a great chance to learn to work together in sync, navigate challenging waters, and experience the joy of conquering nature as a united team.

7. Outdoor Escape Room:

Bring the excitement of an escape room to the open air! Design an outdoor puzzle-solving adventure that requires teamwork, creativity, and sharp problem-solving skills. Create a narrative that immerses your team in an engaging storyline, and watch as they work together to crack the code and unravel the mystery.

8. Outdoor Yoga and Meditation:

Unwind and find inner peace together with an outdoor yoga and meditation session. Choose a tranquil park or beach, hire a skilled instructor, and let the calming ambiance of nature enhance the experience. It's the perfect way to de-stress, recharge, and encourage mindfulness among team members.

9. Photography Walkabout:

Nurture your team's creativity and observation skills with a photography walkabout. Explore scenic spots while learning the art of photography. Encourage your team to capture the beauty of nature or urban landscapes, and later, gather to share their favorite shots and stories.

10. Eco-Friendly Adventure:

Incorporate a dose of eco-consciousness into your outdoor team-building day. Organize a trash cleanup in a local park or beach, plant trees together, or support a local environmental cause. Making a positive impact on the environment can instill a sense of unity and purpose within the team.

11. Food Truck Food Fest:

Turn your lunch break into a gastronomic adventure! Coordinate with local food trucks to park near your office or a picturesque outdoor location. Your team can indulge in a variety of delectable cuisines while engaging in casual conversations that strengthen camaraderie.

12. Community Volunteering:

Make a positive impact on your community while bonding with your team. Organize a short volunteering activity such as gardening in a public park, helping at a local shelter, or organizing a charity event. It's a fulfilling way to connect with each other and give back to society.

13. Outdoor Team Storytelling:

Gather around a cozy campfire or sit beneath a starlit sky for an evening of team storytelling. Each team member takes turns sharing their favorite stories or life experiences. This intimate exchange will build trust and a deeper understanding of one another.

14. Outdoor Brainstorming Session:

Move your usual brainstorming session outdoors to stimulate fresh thinking and creativity. Nature's open space can open up minds, leading to innovative ideas and solutions.

15. Outdoor Book Club:

Choose an inspiring or motivational book, and gather your team for a relaxing outdoor book club session. Discuss the book's themes, share insights, and explore how the lessons apply to your team's dynamics and goals. There you have it my 9 to 5er (or maybe it's 7 to 7er) – 15 incredible ideas to reignite the bond within your team. Choose one, or better yet, combine a few of them for an unforgettable outdoor team-building experience. These outdoor team-building ideas will bring you closer together, strengthen bonds, and foster a positive workplace that will have a lasting impact on the thing that matters most at work - your people.


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