Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

270 Wheeling Cir
Glendale SC  29346

Phone: (864) 529-0259

Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

A program of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. Kayaking, Mt. biking, teambuilding, adventure camps, after school programs, facility rentals, and more.

The Road to GOLS
A program of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, the Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS) owes its founding to the town of Glendale's commitment to preserving and revitalizing itself in the face of significant economic challenges. Like many mill towns in South Carolina, Glendale has suffered economically since the closure of its textile operations.

To this end, the community embarked on an "Imagine Glendale" visioning process in 2004, made possible with funding from Spartanburg's Mary Black Foundation. A priority for the town's residents was to preserve Glendale's historic structures, most importantly the Glendale United Methodist Church and accompanying buildings.

The town tapped Palmetto Conservation to proceed with a plan to open an outdoor recreational leadership school that would restore and preserve Glendale's historic structures. This school advances the complementary missions of PCF to promote outdoor recreation and of the Mary Black Foundation to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Adaptive Reuse and Revitalization
Just east of the thriving city of Spartanburg, Glendale is a perfect setting for an outdoor leadership school. The town sits on a ridge above the dramatic shoals of Lawson's Fork of the Pacolet River, making for an ideal place to learn how to kayak and fish. The nearby Croft State Park offers the school a convenient location for teaching mountain biking, adventure climbing, hiking and more.

The existing buildings have limitless possibilities...from a place to learn how to use ropes courses and gain other skills helpful when participating in outdoor recreation, to a site for overnight leadership retreats, to a place to gather for educational seminars and environmental education. The educational component is key to teaching the importance of being wise stewards of our state's vast natural resources.

The Benefits of GOLS
Fundamental to GOLS' mission is that it reaches out to all ages. Adults can adopt, or resume, healthier lifestyles, and children can learn these habits at a young age. Reaching our state's future leaders will result in immeasurable benefits for these individuals themselves and for the community at large. Redirecting children outside and away from modern technology will set the stage for a healthier generation who understands the value of preserving natural and historic resources.





Call or email us to schedule a tour of the facility. Visit our website to learn more about our programs and activities.

The mission of GOLS is to enhance quality of life and personal growth through outdoor recreation and education. By providing active living opportunities, we promote wellness and lifestyle changes. GOLS offers a wide variety of programs for children and ad

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Founded: September 2007
Parking: Parking Lot

Categories: Environmental Service, Organization, School




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Past Events

Open House

Open House
05:00 pm - 09/28/2017

At Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

Glendale Outdoor Leadership School is under new ownership! Come meet the new staff, see what's in store for current programming, tour the grounds, and provide your...

Open House

Open House
05:00 pm - 09/28/2017

At Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

Glendale Outdoor Leadership School is under new ownership! Come meet the new staff, see what's in store for current programming, tour the grounds, and provide your...

GOLS Outdoor Adventure Series: Mile, Mile and a Half

GOLS Outdoor Adventure Series: Mile, Mile and a Half
06:30 pm - 06/02/2016

At Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

Introducing the second documentary featured in GOLS' Outdoor Adventure Series: Mile, Mile and a Half *Visitors are welcome to GOLS starting at 4:00 p.m. to enjoy...

Trails & Tails Upstate

Trails & Tails Upstate
10:00 am - 05/07/2016

At Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

Join Palmetto Conservation Foundation and the Carolina Poodle Rescue in our first Trails & Tails Upstate event! On this day, we will be meeting some fun, four-legged...

GOLS Outdoor Adventure Series: Ride the Divide

GOLS Outdoor Adventure Series: Ride the Divide
06:30 pm - 04/28/2016

At Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

Introducing the first documentary featured in GOLS' Outdoor Adventure Series: Ride the Divide. Doors open at 6:30 for a pre-film happy hour Movie starts at 7:30...

2015 LRTP Draft Plan Review Public Drop-In #1

2015 LRTP Draft Plan Review Public Drop-In #1
05:00 pm - 01/07/2016

At Glendale Outdoor Leadership School

YOU'RE INVITED to review the DRAFT 2015 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). We would love to see you at one of our four public drop-ins during the month of January....

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