53 Inspiring Outdoor Team Building Activities, Ideas, & Games For 2021

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Have you ever noticed how good things just seem to happen outside? Recess. Farm tours. Weddings. Hikes. Long walks. Short walks. You get the picture.

Naturalist and conservation advocate John Muir wrote at length about the wonders to be found outside. In nature, he saw not just beauty, but also a catalyst for self-reflection and growth.

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir

This intangible inspirational quality is exactly what makes the great outdoors a perfect venue for feel-good adventures, including team building activities, which require participants to reflect on themselves and their role within a team and the universe at large.

Outdoor team building activities can show team members how…

  • Camaraderie puts goals within reach
  • Communication makes or breaks an objective
  • Collaboration engenders optimal performance

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir
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What are you waiting for? The outdoors are calling! Get outside and enjoy one of the teamwork activities below.

1) Eagle Glider Construction Challenge

eagle-glider-construction-challengeType of Activity: Outdoor Game For Work

Fresh air, friendly competition, and the wonder of flight make this event as memorable as all the fond field days of your childhood. Your group will split into small teams to create cardboard gliders. You’ll have plenty of time to collaborate while designing and building, and during the grand finale, you’ll test your aircraft to see how well it flies…and if it flies better than everyone else’s.

How to get started: Bringing this event to your team couldn’t be easier. Simply fill out a short form, and then an Outback representative will be in touch to plan your perfect event.

Pro-tip: One of our favorite team-building companies, Outback Team Building is always up for a challenge. Talk to them about designing a custom outdoor event that aligns with your budget and your goals.

 

2) Scavenger Hunt in Your City

lets-roamType of Activity: Outdoor Event For Work

Let’s Roam will deliver a scavenger hunt that gets you roaming your city, cracking clues, chasing leads, problem-solving, and of course, bonding all the while. Your adventure will help you get to know your team and your home even better than you do right now.  Digitally delivered clues move you through all the challenges, keeping your event full of fast-paced thrills.

How to get started: Search your city to find out what adventures await you and your team.

Tip: Keeping things virtual? Check out these virtual scavenger hunt ideas and Let’s Roam’s virtual team-building offerings.

 

3) Ringolevio

ringolevio
Type of Activity:
Outdoor Game For Work

Corporate team building meets schoolyard intrigue. In this game of both cohesion and betrayal, members of one team strive to find and capture all the members of the other team, who share a common goal: not getting caught. More team-oriented than hide-and-go-seek, this game turns multiple people into one seamless unit.

How to get started: Read up on the instructions to start planning a round of this easy DIY game that requires no equipment and hardly any preparation.

 

4) Take a Brew Tour of Your City

city-brew-toursType of Activity: Outdoor Idea For Work

Romp around the streets of your city, sampling delicious brews while absorbing all the fun facts (the kind you can’t find on Google) your expert guide is spouting. This crowd-pleasing experience builds memories, boosts your trivia game, and opens your eyes to fun facts about your favorite city and your favorite brews.

How to get started: Simply find your location, select an event, and purchase tickets to lock down your experience.

 

5) The Go Game Classic

gogameType of Activity: Outdoor Game For Work

This event incorporates all your favorite aspects of a game show, field day, company retreat, and scavenger hunt into one super event that has something to offer everyone on your team. During the event, your expert host will guide you through a series of missions, all fun team building games in their own right, as you laugh and play your way to an epic multimedia finale.

How to get started: All you have to do is talk to the team to get a customized quote for the event of your dreams. You can even explore their virtual team building options; who knows? You might end up doing both event types.

 

6) Cornhole Tournament

cornholeType of Activity: Outdoor Idea For Work

Can tossing around sacks of corn actually build teamwork in the workplace? Sure it can, especially when the tossing happens as part of a collaborative multi-game tournament complete with brackets, seeds, and a cheering audience full of co-workers.

How to get started: First, get excited about all the fun you’re about to have. Second, follow these instructions. That’s it!

 

7) DIY Obstacle Course

obstacle-courseType of Activity: Outdoor Game For Work

Obstacle courses have a way of sparking the competitive spirit and inner child in everyone. Leveraged as team building events, these courses can fuel the kind of gut-busting laughter that makes memories and solidifies bonds.

How to get started: Let’s be honest: there’s no easy way to build an obstacle course. However, all the steps you must take and all the equipment you must secure will pay off in pure memorability. Start your own course by first reading this how-to.

 

8) Escape Game

escape-gameType of Activity: Game For Work

This activity may not actually take place outdoors, but it opens up your imagination and transports you as effectively as any outdoor activity. This adventure sends you to a whole different place and maybe even time, where your real-world problems cease to exist. You and your team will navigate challenges and obstacles to meet your key objective before that clock runs out.

How to get started: Explore the escape rooms available in your area and book your adventure. If you’re looking for virtual team building for your remote team, you can book any of these remote escape room adventures.

 

9) Outdoor Yoga or Meditation

outdoor-yogaType of Activity: Outdoor Idea For Work

Soak in all the open-air goodness with a beautifully simple outdoor team building activity: yoga or meditation. Practice mindfulness while merging with the rhythms of the wind. Perfect your vinyasas under the watchful gaze of fluffy white clouds. Fresh air, sunlight, and good company make this event a success every time.

How to get started: Simply find a large outdoor location, gather your group, and use a video or printable to lead your zen session. Virtually capture the benefits of this event by working with Remote Team Wellness. You’ll get an engaging event complete with live instruction.

 

10) Wheelchairs for Charity

wheelchairs-for-charity-team-building-heroType of Activity: Outdoor Idea For Work

This team-building activity gives back. Build teamwork skills as you make wheelchairs people will actually use. Work with your own small group to leverage different parts and different techniques to make the best-possible wheelchair.

How to get started: Simply fill out a short form, and then an Outback representative will be in touch to plan your perfect event. This team understands the importance of team building and will work hard to deliver all its benefits to your group.

 

11) Nerf Battle

nerf-battleThere are plenty of reasons this is one of our favorite team-building activities for work. It generates childlike joy, it will have you rolling on the ground laughing, and it’s just as competitive, but far less painful, than a round of paintball.

 

12) Field Day

field-dayWe’ll keep this one open-ended because really, there’s a lot you can do with it. All you need is a big outdoor space, your co-workers, and any and every outdoor activity you can dream up. The only rule is to do your field day your way, whether you’re into rugby, throwing discus, or rocking some 80s-style cardio aerobics. Just own it!

 

13) What’s Your Fortune

fortune-cookieThis idea from our friends at Quizbreaker will have you making and sharing your own fortune cookies to learn about your teammates’ hopes, dreams, and fabulous quirks.

 

14) Outdoor Chess

outdoor-chessRelease this time-honored game of strategic thinking from your grandfather’s stuffy library. When you play outdoor chess, this usually quiet game will become a rowdy activity that’s a lot of fun for both players and observers. Start the fun with a DIY or ready-to-use outdoor chess set.

 

15) Rock Climbing

Think of rock climbing as the ultimate trust fall. Teammates will literally hold each other aloft as they navigate the mental and physical puzzle that is rock climbing. (After this trust-building activity, delegating a simple deadline will seem like no big deal.)

 

16) Axe Throwing

axe-throwingPurchase a safe ax-throwing kit to practice the rugged art of hatchet marksmanship. This kit from REI features foam blades with special grippers that recreate the feel and the technique of the real thing.

 

17) Dunk Tank

dunk-tankTo do this activity, you’ll rig up your own hinged dunk bucket. Invite your coworkers, aka victims, to sit beneath. Shout out some co-worker or company trivia and find out who knows their stuff and who’s getting soaked.

 

18) Horseback Riding

horseback-ridingBecome one with nature, your noble steed, and your team as you ride horses in your setting of choice. The beach, the forest, the mountains—horseback riding feels majestic no matter what outdoor setting you choose.

 

19) Sport Day

sports-dayStep 1: Pick a sport, any sport.

Step 2: Get your team together and play it as you’ve never played it before.

That’s it. You can whip up this fuss-free activity at the last minute to celebrate a big sale or a delightful company surprise.

 

20) Trashcan Pong at the Beach

trash-can-pongGraduate from beer pong by swapping solo cups for trash cans. Play the game exactly as you remember. We obviously recommend using different cups for the drinking part.

 

21) Picnic Basket Relay

picnic-basket-relayGet your coworkers racing to unpack, set up, and repack the perfect picnic. Learn who loses their patience under pressure and who can keep calm and set up the best picnic-scape. Pack a real picnic to enjoy afterward. You can even blend this idea with the next one on the list.

 

22) Picnic Potluck

picnic-potluckDo a classic potluck outdoor style by having everyone bring their favorite picnic foods. Lay everything out on some stylishly mismatched picnic blankets and enjoy hours of casual feasting.

Tip: Up the fun factor by packing a few baskets with crazy items. Have guests shake and sniff the baskets and guess what mystery items they contain.

 

23) Astronomy Night

astronomy-nightYou don’t need any complicated verbal instructions to enjoy the simple beauty of the stars. You don’t even need any equipment; while a telescope would bring value to the astronomy enthusiasts among you, it’s certainly not a requirement.

 

24) White water rafting

white-water-raftingWhite water rafting is high-stakes teamwork at its finest. Your safety and dryness depend on the coordinated efforts and balance of your team. Plus, in addition to its powerful team-building aspect, white water rafting provides an adrenaline rush of fun.

 

25) Kayaking

kayakingSlice through the water with your team to make some picturesque outdoor memories. Bonus points if you can successfully imitate ducks and make some cool V-shaped formations.

 

26) Roller Skating Conga Line

roller-skate-conga-lineWhy not live a little and try to break the world record for the longest conga line on roller skates? Succeed and you’ll get bragging rights and epic stories to tell your grandkids. Fail and you’ll get plenty of laughs.

Either way, the attempt is definitely worthwhile. Each member of your team will have to pull out their best verbal and non-verbal communication skills. You’ll have to adjust your body depending on what your coworkers do. You’ll have to anticipate their movements.

 

27) The Human Knot Trust Building Exercise

human-knotCan you tie and untie the knot without tearing it? Like some crazy dance move, this favorite of team building companies requires you to work together or fail. The complexity of working in groups instead of pairs adds challenge and hilarity to the human knot.

 

28) Pipeline

pipelineAt work, sometimes projects fail when they pass from person to person in the absence of adequate communication and collaboration. During this game, the marble represents those work goals. You must work together to see it flow seamlessly from start to finish.

 

29) Outdoor Trivia

Outdoor TriviaLeverage Quizbreaker’s free platform to create trivia quizzes about your team. Up the stakes by tossing water balloons when people answer questions wrong. If you prefer positive reinforcement, then toss treats for correct answers instead.

 

30) Giant Jenga

giant-jengaPlaying giant Jenga outdoors multiplies the thrilling tension of the tabletop version. Dial-up the tension even more by encouraging plenty of cheers and jeers from the crowd.

 

31) Attend an outdoor concert

outdoor-concertThis event may not feel like a traditional team building activity, and yet, the team will organically grow closer as they share good music and good laughs. Commemorate the event by purchasing matching concert tees, and don’t forget to recruit a bystander to take a group pic.

 

32) Volunteer at your local food bank

volunteer-food-bankVolunteering is a source of fulfillment and connection. When you do it as a team, you’ll naturally feel more connected and inspired by your coworkers.

 

33) Team Triathlon

triathlonString any three sports, challenges, or outdoor activities together to make an epic triathlon. The more unique you make your triathlon, the more memorable it will be for everyone. Here’s just one example:

  • Challenge 1: Balance an egg on a spoon while walking like Mick Jagger
  • Challenge 2: Toss and hit yourself with a dodgeball
  • Challenge 3: Ride a child’s bicycle across the finish line

 

34) Minefield

minefieldSplit up into small groups and choose one lucky person to blindfold. Now, the rest of the team has to do their best to help the blindfolded person avoid all the traps lurking in the minefield.

 

35) Tennis Transit

tennis-transitHave your entire team stand, armed with rackets or paddles, in a line between a start point and finish point. Tell them their aim is, without using their hands, to get all the tennis balls from start to finish without dropping them. Start throwing balls in slowly and then add more as they improve.

 

36) Foursquare

four-square-gameUse chalk to further divide the lines in a parking lot into perfect squares, and voila: you have all the spaces you need to enjoy multiple simultaneous foursquare games.

 

37) Assemble a giant jigsaw puzzle

jigsaw-puzzleEveryone gets one or more puzzle pieces and then must find the person with the matching pieces. Individuals will soon form small groups and then large groups and eventually, everyone will come together to complete the puzzle.

 

38) Hula Hoop Human Ring Toss

hula-hoopRemember those carnival games where you try to toss a ring over the neck of the bottle? You’ll do that same thing now, using a hula hoop instead of a ring and your co-workers instead of bottles.

 

39) Lego Challenge

legoPlayers get to see why teamwork makes the dream work by watching what happens when everyone has their own agenda and no one communicates. (Luckily, this demonstration plays out via Legos instead of work projects.)

 

40) Corporate Castaways

corporate-castaways-team-building-heroThis idea takes the corporate training model outside for extra fun and extra team bonding. Complete outrageous collaborative challenges while getting your fix of vitamin D.

 

41) Ghost in the Graveyard

ghost-in-the-graveyardOne of the spookiest team-building events out there, Ghost in the Graveyard involves one person, aka a ghost, sneaking around trying to avoid the gaze of the living.

 

42) Random Act of Kindness

random-acts-of-kindness-teambuilding-heroThis team-building exercise will get your team out and about, doing good deeds and getting to know one another at the same time. By the end of the event, everyone will feel amazing about what they’ve done and also about the new things they’ve learned about their coworkers.

 

43) Conflict Resolution Role Play

ice-breaker-gameThis icebreaker game tests everyone’s communication skills. Have people act out conflict-resolution scenarios. The drama is irresistible and also incredibly useful as it helps everyone learn how to deal with awkward real-life situations.

 

44) Steal the Bacon

Time limits require snap decision making and plenty of team support whether you make the right decision or not. In a way, this activity is less about actually stealing the bacon than it is about learning to support each other no matter what.

 

45) Capture the Flag

capture-the-flagThis classic playground game makes a great team-building game as well. It requires strategy, coordination, and commitment to specific roles within the larger team. You might be amazed to see how team structures form naturally even without the formal organization of an office.

46) Bounce Battle

bounce-battle-gameRouse up some healthy competition among your group members as they all try at once to bounce their balls into the grid. Design different battles and goals to keep this game exciting as you play again and again.

 

47) Idea Show and Tell

Number 53 on our list of employee engagement ideas, this group game benefits from an outdoor setting. Open skies and sunlight tend to make the ideas flow! Perfect for any group size, this activity runs off of creativity and radical listening—that’s all you need to make this event a success.

 

48) Parachute

parachuteThis activity is the perfect way to demonstrate teamwork in action. The movements of the parachute symbolize team cohesion.

 

49) ManHunt

manhuntThis reverse hide-and-go seek involves plenty of physical activity and more teamwork than the original. You’ll feel united as your group teams up to find just one person.

 

50) Freeze Dance

freeze-danceGet your cameras ready to capture your coworkers in ridiculous poses. This game is perfect when you need a last-minute activity because it requires almost no explanation. You just dance, and when the music stops, you freeze no matter what position you’re in.

 

51) Potato Sack/Pillowcase Relay Race

potato-sack-raceFind out what it feels like to run on land as a mermaid. Get ready for lots of belly-laughs as you and your uni-legged teammates try to make it gracefully from start to finish.

 

52) Blind Man’s Bluff

Combine a little dizziness with a blind-folded chase and you’ve got a recipe for a good time. Players can decide if they want to work together to help or confuse the blindfolded person. You might even split into two battling groups to add more drama to this game.

 

53) The Amazing Chase

the-amazing-chaseThe thrill of a chase combined with exciting challenges makes this activity unforgettable, especially to anyone who loves The Amazing Race. (This event captures all the same fun on a much more local level.)

 


People Also Ask These Questions About Outdoor Team Building Activities

Q: What are some outdoor team building activities for adults in 2021?

  • A: For 2021, some outdoor team building activities for adults include Outback Team Building’s Amazing Chase, outdoor minefield, and a classic DIY field day. Learn more about these ideas and then some in this outdoor team building roundup.

Q: Are there free outdoor activities that can be used to bond as a team?

  • A: There are plenty of free outdoor team building activities. You could host a picnic potluck style, organize a laid-back beach day, or even spend a day playing the pickup sport of your choice.

Q: What are the best outdoor team building activities for work?

  • A: The best outdoor team building activities for work include a City Brew Tour of your city, outdoor problem-solving scavenger hunts, and a collaborative team triathlon. All these activities bring a healthy dose of coordination and cooperation to classic outdoor fun.

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