Recreation at ECCO
Even if you never leave ECCO’s premises, you’ll find plenty to do. Our grounds offer many places to reflect, work on a devotional or catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. We even have some new outdoor areas where you’ll be able to work off some excess energy.
Indoor activities include ping-pong table, pool table, puzzles, or games.
Campfire: Toast marshmallows, make s'mores, sing, talk, meditate or enjoy that special time of close friendship.
Stations Of The Cross: A wooded trail along a seasonal creek offers a time for meditation and prayer as you travel through the 14 Stations of the Cross.
The 4th Green Recreational Area: Tucked away behind stands of ponderosa pines, incense cedars and manzanitas is ECCO’s recreation and sports area. We’ve named it the 4th Green as historically it was the 4th green of the Sky Ranch Golf Course.
Out of sight and earshot of the core of the conference center—but only a short walk away―the 4th Green offers a basketball court, grass volleyball field, soccer field and horseshoes. Sports equipment can be checked out from the office.
Self-Interpretive Nature Trail: ECCO’s self-interpretive nature trail is a mostly level, half-mile escape from all things bustling. It’s a great way to escape into your own private space for a few minutes . . . or a few hours, whatever you have available.
The single track trail travels 11 informative posts through peculiar “weeds,” edible plants, foggy meadows and ancient oaks pocked with acorn holes bored by creative woodpeckers. The trail currently ends at a lively pond. In the future more posts are planned, to incorporate additional features of this area which is becoming a teaching tool for our natural history and outdoor education classes.
Chances are you might even have the opportunity to meet some of our resident creatures as you wind along its path.
Click here for our trail map