Enjoy a higher level of family fun this summer. Climb and zip at Omaha’s newest outdoor attraction: TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest.

The aerial adventure park will include trails with challenges more than 50 feet above the forest floor for ages 7 and older. There also will be special climbing trails just a few feet off the ground for ages 4 to 8.

“This will be an amazing way to create a family memory,” says Kema Geroux, TreeRush spokesperson. “It also will be great for groups of friends and families looking to share a new type of nature-based, exhilarating fun.”

The TreeRush Adventures experience will begin inside Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N., where guests will be outfitted with full-body harnesses and specialized climbing equipment. After a briefing and practice time (about 40 minutes), guests will have two hours to explore aerial courses.

The Adventure Park platform (for ages 7 and older) is the launch point for seven color-coded zipline trails over 5 acres of tree canopy. Bridges made from wood, rope and cable connect platforms in trees and on poles.

The separate Kids Park allows pint-sized thrill-seekers to experience the joy of physical accomplishment while a guardian walks beside them. Challenges include swinging wooden beams, tunnel crawls and ziplines just like the “big kids.” These trails, however, are just a few feet above the ground.

TreeRush Adventures augments the forest’s mission of providing people with opportunities to enjoy and experience nature, says Merica Whitehall, executive director of Fontenelle Forest. An adventure park has been a longstanding dream of the association.

“The new adventure park allows members and guests the opportunity to take their appreciation of our forest to the next level while preserving our mission, maintaining the natural beauty and allowing for quiet enjoyment of the forest’s surroundings,” Whitehall says. “I’m excited because, for years, guests have observed and learned about the raptors in our care. Now, they’ll be able to see the forest from a raptor’s point of view while exploring our majestic trees.”

Reservations are recommended and can be made starting in mid-June at www.TreeRush.com or at the TreeRush registration desk at the nature center. The park will be open daily beginning this summer. For group rates (including birthday parties!) and other information, call 402-316-7038.

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