Outdoor Education


Bring your students to Carol Joy Holling Camp for an educational day of outdoor fun and adventure!


Outdoor Education – $15/student

  • Hiking

  • Dipnetting at Crystal Springs Lake

  • Geocaching/orienteering

  • Archery


Teambuilding activities – $20/student

  • Summit high ropes course

  • Teambuilding activities


Each adventure day includes a 30-minute break for lunch and a snack. Each person can bring their own sack lunch, or we can provide a boxed lunch (sandwich, chips, fresh fruit, & cookie) for $7.50 per person. We will provide a snack (sno kone or s’mores) for all participants. Be sure to bring your own water bottle; hydration is important!


$15/student for Outdoor Education and $20/student for Teambuilding.


A $75 deposit is required to reserve your group’s date.


We will bill you after your Outdoor Education Adventure based on the actual number of students attending. We prefer payment by check or cash but can accept PayPal and Venmo.

Instruction & Accreditation

Carol Joy Holling Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Our staff will lead all activities. The staff leading your program are trained on age appropriate activities and safety. All are first-aid and CPR certified.

Available Dates

Monday–Friday | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Today – November 25 

(Call or email for specific date availability. Time can be adjusted, if needed. Must be booked 1 week in advance.)

Group Sizes & Age

We can accommodate one group of 10-20 students each day. Adult supervision is required; we recommend a 1:8 adult to student ratio.


Our expert staff will adapt activities for the specific ages of your student group. However, we prefer each group of students is similarly aged—for example, all middle schoolers. 

Health & Safety

Activities are planned outdoors & our staff will wear masks. All equipment is sanitized between groups. Group leaders will be responsible for screening their students. If a member of the group is not feeling well, please reschedule.


If someone in your group tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of your Outdoor Education Adventure, please notify us so our staff can properly care for themselves.


To reserve your space, fill out the online interest form. For additional questions or information, email Dennis Pope at DPope@NLOM.org or call 402-944-2544.

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your instructor

Dennis Pope has served as Manager of Adventure Programs for Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries for more than 20 years. In addition to facilitating outdoor education, challenge courses, and teambuilding  programs, he leads groups of students and campers on backpacking trips in Colorado and tends the Carol Joy Holling Camp garden, which donates produce annually to The Kids Cupboard. Dennis lives on a farm outside of Lincoln with his wife and daughter.


27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, NE. 68003


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Carol Joy Holling Conference & Retreat Center is operated by Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM), a non-profit organization.