Recreation & Activities

Recreation & Activities

Some of the things that make Leoni Meadows so special are all the great, fun, learning, growing, challenging, inspiring things you can do here. As a location for retreats and conferences we offer an unparalleled opportunity for your members to not only learn together, but also play together while building relationships, camaraderie and team spirit.

When you make your reservation let us know what activities your group is interested in from the list below.
Note: Because Saturday is our Sabbath, our day of rest and spiritual renewal, we choose not to offer some activities between sundown on Friday evening and sundown on Saturday. The description for each activity notes its availability through the week and the year. Click here for more information on this.



Archery



Try your hand at hitting a bull’s eye. We have bows, compound bows, arrows, and targets ready for you. Even if you’ve never held a bow before our staff can show you how.

Number of targets
: 8
Weekly availability: Sunday through Friday
Annual availability: You are welcome to play any time of year––but you may have to wade through snow during the winter. Call to confirm.
Cost: $25 for set-up, $40/hour
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Basketball



Our outdoor, lighted basketball court is located next to the third row cabin road in Base Camp. Balls can be checked out from the office. And if you want an audience, there are benches along one side and an elevated tier for your enthralled fans.

Weekly availability
: Sunday through Friday, Saturday night
Annual availability: Year-round (You are welcome to play whenever you wish––but you may have to wade through snow during parts of the year.) Call to confirm.
Cost: Free
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Challenge Course


Some elements will push your group members toward a higher level of personal confidence. Other are designed to encourage teamwork, interpersonal trust, creative problem-solving and thinking outside the box. All of them are screaming, good fun. After reviewing the list (and you can talk with our staff in more detail) you can choose which elements (or all of them) will best help you reach your goals:
  • Climbing wall
  • Zip line
  • High ropes course
  • Junk yard
  • Giant swing
  • Leap of faith
  • Flying squirrel
  • Staple climb
  • Horizontal spider web
  • Low V
  • Nitro crossing
  • Stonehenge/nuclear reactor
  • Tension traverse
  • Vertical spider web
  • TP shuffle
  • Hoop game
  • Whale watch
Click here for a description of each element and photos.

Flexibility: You can choose which elements your group will use
Staff: Guided only by our trained staff
Equipment: We supply all equipment, including safety gear
Weekly availability: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: Year-round (the elements are installed year-round but in some weather conditions may be unavailable for safety reasons). Call to confirm.
Cost: $200 minimum (this will typically cover 20 people doing two elements over about two hours), call to tailor this program to your needs
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Children’s Playground



Small children can play for hours in our playhouse (a two-story replica of the Leoni House that is also wheelchair accessible), swings, play platform, slide, sand box and swinging bridge. It is located across the road from the Meadow View Inn.

Weekly availability
: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: Year-round (may be a bit brisk in the winter, but always available)
Cost: Free
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Field Sports



The grass playing field can be used for baseball or soccer. You can check out equipment from the office: balls and cones for soccer; balls, bats and bases for baseball.

Weekly availability
: Sunday through Friday
Annual availability: Year-round (may be a bit snowy in winter, but always available)
Cost: Free
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Geo-caching


Geo-caching uses global positioning systems (GPS) to lead you to a hidden treasure. We have the GPS units, directions for using them and a list of caches on our campus. Just check out a box from the office and start your adventure.
Number of geo-cache boxes: 5
Equipment: We can supply all equipment, or you can use your own GPS
Weekly availability: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: Year-round
Cost: Free
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Go-karts



If you’re looking for pure fun, our go karts are just the ticket! Our state-of-the-art track and karts will give you the sensation of high speed, and challenge the driving abilities of both young and old.

Equipment
: We supply all equipment, including safety helmets
Weekly availability: Saturday after sundown through Friday
Annual availability: May be unavailable in some seasons, due to weather. Number of operational go-karts can also vary. Call to confirm.
Cost: $5/ride (15 person minimum)
         $250/hour for unlimited riding with 8 karts—6 doubles and 2 singles
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Gold-panning



Dogtown Creek offers great opportunities for experiencing your own bit of California history. We can supply you with all the equipment you’ll need. Then you can take our maps and head out on your own, or we can send along a guide, if you prefer.

Equipment
: Gold pans, shovels, maps to get there and vials for your gold (if you find a nugget too big to fit in the vial, you are on your own) can be checked out from the office
Weekly availability: Sunday through Friday
Annual availability: The creek may be difficult to hike to in some conditions. Call to confirm.
Cost: Free, if you go on your own; $40/hour if we come with you
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Hiking



Not many people have seen it, or even know about it, but we have a swath of old growth forest you can hike to and experience. In addition, there are great hikes to the Cascades on Dogtown Creek, and others right here around the campus. We can supply maps and suggestions for any of these, as well as a guide for your group if you choose.

Weekly availability
: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: Some hikes may be difficult in winter conditions. Call to confirm.
Cost: Free, if you go on your own; $40/hour if we come with you
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Horse-drawn hayrides



We can take up to 25 people at a time in the wagon behind our team of beautiful, black Percheron horses, Skid and John. Let us know if there are specific destinations or times you’d like.

Limit per ride
: 25
Weekly availability: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: In some weather, the roads are too slick for the wagon. Call to confirm.
Cost: $50 for the first ride, $25 for additional rides the same day
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Horseshoes


Two horseshoe pits are located on Lassen Loop, just below the parking lot. Horseshoes can be checked out from the office.
Equipment: Horseshoes, can be checked out from the office
Weekly availability: Sunday through Friday
Annual availability: Year-round, although you may be standing in snow. Call to confirm.
Cost: Free
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Ice-breaking Games & Activities



Our staff can organize and lead various indoor or outdoor games for getting your meeting or conference off to a great start or keep the energy going throughout your time here. Call us for more details.

Weekly availability
: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: Year-round
Cost: $25 for set-up, $40/hour
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Leoni House Museum



The Leoni House is the restored 1887 house of the Leoni family, the original homesteaders at Leoni Meadows. It is furnished with memorabilia and furniture from the period of its use as well as some pieces original to the house. The restoration project received the Governor’s Citation for Historic Preservation in 1996.

Hours
: Typically open 2-4 on Saturday afternoons. Can be open at other times with prior arrangement.
Weekly availability: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: Year-round
Cost: Free
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Nature Center



Our natural history museum is creation-based, with 7,000 square feet of displays, specimen collections and laboratories with hands-on activities. Some of the exhibits include live creatures, stuffed creatures, shells, rocks, butterflies and more.

Hours
: Typically open 2-4 on Saturday afternoons. Can be open at other times with prior arrangement.
Weekly availability: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: Year-round
Cost: Free
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Observatory



An observatory with an 8” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope is connected to the Nature Center. Use is dependent on the weather. Viewing the stars through our 8” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, or even camping out on our observatory tower, is a great way to see a whole new side of God.

Hours
: Typically open 9:30-10:30 on Saturday night. Can be open at other times with prior arrangement.
Weekly availability: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: Year-round
Cost: $40/hour per group
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Ping-pong


Ping-pong tables are available in The Forks Room. Please call ahead so we can set this up for you.
Location: The Forks Room (in the basement of the Meadow View Inn)
Weekly availability: Sunday through Friday, Saturday night
Annual availability: Year-round
Cost: Free
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Pond Play



Our one-acre pond has a variety of activities to keep both kids and adults busy and happy. The equipment for these activities is dismantled and stored during the winter.
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • The Blob
  • Waterslide
  • Rope Swing
Staff: A Red Cross certified lifeguard must be on duty at any time that the pond is being used. Each lifeguard can be responsible for no more than 25 participants.
Equipment: Lifejackets (must be worn during canoeing, on the blob, waterslide and rope swing), canoes & paddles.
Weekly availability: Sunday through Friday
Annual availability: Available in spring and fall based on weather and set-up for the summer. Call to confirm.
Cost: $50/hour, with a two-hour minimum. $50/hour for a second or subsequent lifeguards, if more than 25 people using the pond.
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Stagecoach Rides



Six people can bounce along in our “Leoni Meadows Overland” stagecoach. Skid and John pull the stage on rides around the campus. Let us know if there are specific destinations or times you want.

Limit per ride
: 6
Weekly availability: Sunday through Saturday
Annual availability: In some weather, the roads are too slick for the stagecoach. Call to confirm.
Cost: $50 for the first ride, $25 for additional rides the same day
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Swimming Pool



Our swimming pool has passive solar heating only and so can be a bit brisk in the spring and fall. But with two diving boards perfect for cannonballs as well as 25-meter lengths for lap swimming it is perfect for both kids playing and adults exercising.

Weekly availability
: Sunday through Friday
Annual availability: Late spring to mid-June. Call to confirm. Mid-August to early September.
Lifeguarding: We can supply a lifeguard(s)—if arranged when you make the reservation—or you can bring your own. Qualified lifeguards must:
  • Show a current Red Cross Lifeguarding certification to the Leoni Meadows manager on duty.
  • Be briefed on pool facilities and policies.
  • Pool use policy requires a Lifeguard for every 25 people using the pool.
Cost for pool use: $100 for pool opening, $25 for each additional time it is used by that group.
Cost for Lifeguarding (if we supply the Lifeguards): $50/hour, with a two-hour minimum. $50/hour for a second or subsequent lifeguards, if more than 25 people using the pool.
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Train Rides



Our very own G & R Railroad has a 1/3 scale model train, offering rides along more than two miles track. From the station near the Leoni House the track passes the Nature Center, upper meadow trailheads, the pond, over a covered bridge and on past Cowboy and Indian camps.

Limit per ride
: 56
Weekly availability: Sunday through Saturday. The train typically runs on Saturday afternoons, but can also run at other times with prior arrangements.
Annual availability: In some weather the tracks are too slick or have too much snow on them. Call to confirm.
Cost: Free
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