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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:00 am

Back by popular demand, Canopy Climb tree climbing experiences will be offered this spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, giving participants an unforgettable view of the world.

In this two-hour experience, a certified tree-climbing instructor will teach participants to ascend into a tree canopy. Once there, climbers are able to sit on branches, limb-walk, lie in hammocks or relax in a suspended chair as they enjoy an inspiring bird’s-eye view from the lush canopy of trees.

Throughout the experience, climbers will learn about forest biodiversity and conservation close to home and around the world. Several vertical lines will be available, and climbers can choose to ascend more than one line as time allows.

However, space is limited to 12 climbers per session.

Two sessions are offered at both the Missouri Botanical Garden as well as the Shaw Nature Reserve.

In the first session, “Canopy Climb 1: Learning the Ropes,” expert instructors will introduce participants to the extraordinary, diverse world of trees, while teaching the basics of tree-climbing mechanics including climbing techniques, balance and safety. Throughout this session, climbers will have the opportunity to ascend and descend multiple times, exploring different parts of the tree’s structure, limbs and canopy.

This course is designed for first-time climbers with an emphasis on basic tree-climbing mechanics along with introductory tree and forest ecology.

“Canopy Climb 1: Learning the Ropes” sessions will be at held at the Missouri Botanical Garden on the following Saturdays: March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays: March 10, April 14, May 12 and June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. or from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

It will be held at the Shaw Nature Reserve on the following Saturdays: March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. or Sundays: March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. or from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

This climb is for ages 8 and over. Advanced registration is required. People can visit www.mobot.org/classes or call 314-577-5140.

More experienced climbers can sign up for “Canopy Climb 2: Experiencing the Canopy.” Designed for those who want to strengthen and diversify their climbing skills, this three-hour experience has a maximum capacity of six climbers per session.

In this in-depth course, climbers will learn to climb more efficiently using foot-locking as opposed to using a foot-loop. The instructor will demonstrate limb-walking, single line technique and in-canopy rope advancement.

“Canopy Climb 2: Experiencing the Canopy” sessions will be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Sundays: March 10, April 14, May 12 or June 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at Shaw Nature Reserve on Sundays: March 17, April 21 or June 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“Canopy Climb 2” participants must have successfully completed “Canopy Climb 1.” Climbers must be over the age of 12. Advanced registration required; visit www.mobot.org/classes or call 314-577-5140.

For a complete list of youth and family programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s family of attractions, visit www.mobot.org/classes.

For general information, people can visit www.mobot.org or call 1‑800‑642‑8842.

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