We want to highlight a
very special group that we had the privilege to spend an afternoon with.
We were honored to host a tree climb for the Delta Gamma Center for Children
with Visual Impairments. On a glorious April afternoon, 21 students arrived
at EarthDance Farms in Ferguson to spend an afternoon climbing trees, planting
seeds, and building kites.
Guy made sure to provide tactile opportunities for the participants
to become familiar with the climbing system before they were even off
the ground. Guy, Deanna and Ed worked closely with small groups of individuals
to ensure that each climber understood how the system worked before they were
off and climbing 5, 10, 30, 60 feet up into the treetops each choosing the height
that felt best to them. I can't begin to describe how rewarding this experience
was for everyone involved. These kids are amazing.
We rejoice in working with special needs climbers, and this was one of our
May The 4th Be With You!
Our Public Canopy Climb
on Sunday, May 4 has a special Star Wars theme. Come and join in the fun. You'll get $5 off the cost of the
climb if you wear your Star Wars costume. Don't have a costume? Just bring some item of Star Wars
paraphernalia (action figure, DVD case, photo printed from the internet, etc.) for the $5 discount.
We'll see you at the climb. And remember, don't just try to get there - Do, or do not, there is no try!
Girl Scouts and Youth Groups
During the winter you'll find us brainstorming new programs for tree climbing
and experiential education. We've been doing more and more cooperative group
activities and this is definitely a direction where we're motivated to focus
As a Girl Scouts approved provider of tree climbing programs, there have been many
opportunities to think beyond the basic tree climb. You will now find a variety of
Girl Scouts Adventure Tree offerings in the Summer Lark programs
and this fall in the Lead and Learn programs (Sept 27 - not yet available online).
Here are brief descriptions of some of our programs (we will soon have more information online):
We are offering similar programs and more to youth groups and school groups. Also check out the
for further ideas. If you would like to take advantage of our educational offerings for
a youth or school group then
please contact us for
more information or to arrange for a program.
- Tree Climbing Fun and Adventure: Work towards overcoming challenges
as a group and learn cooperation, communication and teamwork. Then have fun
climbing a tree together.
- Benefits of Trees: Trees provide Oxygen for breathing, wood for construction,
and so much more. Learn about the many benefits of trees, then climb high into a
tree and observe the world from its perspective.
- Get To Know Your Trees: Develop skills for easily identifying many of
the most common trees found in St. Louis and the midwest, and learn some amazing
things that make trees so awesome. Then have fun climbing high into a majestic tree.
Climb High In The Moonlight!
Thursday May 8 the conditions will be perfect for a glorious after-dark tree climb in the moonlight.
There will be a bright three-quarter waxing gibbous moon high in the sky as we ascend. We'll hang
out in the tree and contemplate the heavens, perhaps get a glimpse of a passing satellite or two, then we'll descend in the moonlight. Sign up today before
all slots are taken. For more information see
Moonlight Canopy Climbs.
Learn How To Tree Climb
Spring is finally here, but despite the cold and snowy winter, Adventure Tree
has been busy with climbers. During the cold winter months Guy was able to
hold several Learn the Ropes courses for arborists. These groups of determined
folks battled the cold to complete their training and now are ready to safely
climb and do tree work as we enter into the busy spring season.
The Learn the Ropes Course
is open to anyone who is interested in learning
how to climb trees safely and effectively. While the winter courses were
focused more for arborists, this course is designed for anyone who wants to
learn tree climbing, either for fun or for work.
This season we are offering several opportunities to learn the skills needed to
climb on your own. Please join us for one of the upcoming dates or
for customized group trainings. We look forward to working with you.
Monthly Public Climbs
Held on the first Sunday of each month 2:00-5:00 PM
Next public climb May 4 at EarthDance Farms. May the 4th be with you!
Moonlight Canopy Climb
Next moonlight climb May 8 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Learn The Ropes Course
Learn how to tree climb recreationally or professionally.
Next scheduled course June 2-3 or August 9-10. Contact us to arrange a course.
St. Louis Community College Courses
Next Level 1 Tree Climbing course May 3 at Camp Wyman
Next Level 2 Tree Climbing course May 17 at Camp Wyman
Tree climb on The Land
On Saturday May 31 attend this great event in Grubville, MO (approx 1 hr from St. Louis).
Contact us for more information.
Tree Climbing Fun on June 7
Benefits of Trees on August 2
Permaculture Book Club
Wednesday, May 28, 6:30-8:00 PM at Adventure Farm
More info on the Adventure Farm Events Page
Sustainable Backyard Tour
Don't miss this great St. Louis event June 22, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Take a look at the Sustainable Backyard Tour website for more info.
Experiential Education Exchange
One of the most exciting community involvement opportunities we have had is
helping to start the first Experiential Education Exchange in St Louis and in
the country. This fall Guy and a group of dedicated experiential educators at
The College School met and planned an open community event. In the initial event
other experiential educators in the STL area were invited to meet and
collaborate to begin building a support network for those dedicated to the
opportunity for all learners to learn by doing.
For the first event Adventure Tree dressed the oak in the College School
courtyard in ropes and soon it was adorned with happy adult teachers climbing
in a cold drizzly rain. That didn't stop these educators, and along with many
other brilliant opportunities showcased at the event the St Louis EEE was born.
We hope to continue to support the growth of this amazing group.
If you are interested in learning more about experiential education or are
already an educator who would like to get involved please
contact us so we can
include you in information as this group moves forward.