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Climb a tree like a pro at the National Arboretum

Do your kids love to climb trees? Then be sure to head to the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. for the Kid’s Climb May 20.

Tree Climb WChildren ages 4-14 can drop in to climb trees just like professional arborists. Each participant will have an opportunity to ascend into the tree by the use of arborist harness (saddle) and rope. A safety helmet and eye protection will be provided.

Keep in mind that freestyle tree climbing is not allowed at the Arboretum for the safety of visitors and to prevent damage to trees. This event is subject to strict control and supervision by professional arborists and should not be construed as a change to the prohibition on tree climbing in general.

Prior to the climb, the tree will be thoroughly inspected for any defects and structural deficiencies. Once the tree has been determined safe for climbing, kids will do a guided climb geared to their age and size. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver prior their children’s participation in any climbing activity.

Members of the International Society of Arboriculture will be on hand to talk about their profession and the rewards of working in the tree care industry.

The climb is in collaboration with The Davey Tree Expert Company, Casey Trees Foundation, Friends of the National Arboretum and Penn State University. The event is free and will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Those interested should meet at the Arbor House. No registration is necessary. For details visit the National Arboretum website, usna.usda.gov.

Check out events calendar for more family fun.

Photo courtessy of the National Arboretum

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