Riveredge Tree Climbing

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Open Tree Climbs

Not ready to commit to club climbing? No problem! Just sign up for one of our open climb days and explore Riveredge at a new elevation! Our Tree Climbing programs can accommodate youth and adults, age 7 and above, with little to no tree climbing skills. Ascend ropes and explore the world way above your feet. We make it safe and easy! All the equipment is supplied; all you need is loose clothing (a t-shirt and long pants recommended), closed toe shoes (hard soles recommended), and some extra energy.

Climbers typically spend about 45 minutes in the trees during these two-hour programs. Open Climbs are held April through October, and a list of currently scheduled climbs can be found below. Open climb price for  $23/person for All Access Members, $28/person for Trail Pass Members and $38/person for non-members.

*Special Covid Requirement for 2022* Gloves and masks are optional.


2022 Open Climb Dates:

Sat 4/23 10-12 pm Open Climb

Sat 4/30 10-12 pm Open Climb

Sat 5/7 1-3 pm Open Climb

Sat 5/14 10-12 pm Open Climb

Sat 5/21 10-12 pm Adult only Frothy Forage Climb

Sat 6/4 10 am-12 pm Open Climb

Thurs 6/9 5-7 pm Parent/Grandparent & Child Trek Climb

Sat 6/11 10-12 pm Open Climb

Sat 7/9 1-3 pm Open Climb

Sat 7/23 1-3 pm Open Climb

Sat 8/6 10-12 pm Open Climb

Fri 8/19 3-5 pm Parent/Grandparent & Child Trek Climb

Sat 8/20 10-12 pm Open Climb

Sat 9/17 10-12 pm Open Climb

Sat 10/1 10-12 pm Open Climb

Sat 10/15 10-12 pm Open Climb



Cancellation/Refund Policy for General Programs/Special Events: You may cancel your registration up to one week in advance of the program and receive 75 % of the original purchase price back.  Any cancellations made after this time are not refundable.  If Riveredge Nature Center cancels a program for any reason, you will receive a full refund.  Please contact Riveredge Nature Center at 262-375-2715 with any refund requests.

Click here to View the event calendar and register for an open climb!

Tree Climbing Club

Are you ready for an awesome season of climbing and flying?! Riveredge Youth Tree Climbing and Flying Club is back and better than ever.  This year you can choose from either the Youth Tree Climb or Family Climb each month to better accommodate your busy summer schedules.  This is a pretty special experience – one where the members will climb together from June – October, form a tight knit community, and have all kinds of one-of-a-kind fun outdoors while developing a new skill, improving their fitness, and building relationships with our natural world.  Discover trees all over Riveredge, pick your own special “tree name,” and play fun games in the trees during each club meeting. Absolutely, positively no prior experience needed to join the club! We’ve got lots of fun planned for this year including “tree boats”, i.e hammocks way up in the trees. Yes, you heard that right. Hammocks in the TREES.

Club Membership Includes: 5 climbing days (1 family member can climb too during the kick off meeting in June and the closing party in October), use of all equipment, and a tree climbing club t-shirt.

*Special Covid Requirement for 2022*  Gloves and masks are optional.

2022 Meeting dates & times:

June Club:

6/12 1-3 pm Youth Club, 3-5 pm Family Club

July Club:

7/10 1-3 pm Youth Club, 3-5 PM Family Club

August Club: 

8/14 1-3 pm Youth Club, 3-5 PM Family Club

September Club: 

9/11 1-3 pm Youth Club, 3-5 PM Family Club

October Club: 

10/9 12-4 pm Drop in any time!


Price: $150 per member (Must be a Riveredge member to join. Not a member?  Your whole family can join for as little as $40.  Have a 4th grader?  Click here to get your 4th grade family membership for free!)

Can’t make a meeting or one gets rained out?  Club members who miss a meeting can transfer to the other club for the meeting missed or sign up for an open climb(maximum of 2 times per season).  5 Climbs not enough? Contact Steff to find out how you can sign up for more!

For questions, contact the club leader, Steff Merten (Associate Director of Education) at smerten@riveredge.us or (262)375-2715.


Register here

Private Group Climb

Do you have a youth or adult group that you’d love to send up into the trees? We can do that! Programs are 2 hours long and include introduction activities and lots of climbing. Each participant will be able to climb for approximately 45 minutes. We provide 1 facilitator for every 6 participants and are happy to facilitate the experience to meet your group’s goals. Be it teamwork, overcoming challenges, learning about the forest ecosystem, or just having fun, we can do it!

Price: $280 minimum (1-10 climbers) + $28 each for each additional climber

Let us work with you to create a program that meets your group’s specific needs. We can provide a meeting space prior to or after the climb, lead an interpretive hike through the amazing Riveredge nature sanctuary, or provide an educational program about a nature or “green living” topic of your choice. Extra charges apply.


Contact Bailey to book your climb

bveal@riveredge.us or (262)375-2715

Birthday Parties

The best birthday party ever!  Bring your group to Riveredge for your own private tree climbing party.  Your tree climbing/birthday party package includes: a two hour tree climbing program for your group, you may also rent our “Coop” or a classroom for your celebration (cake, presents, gathering place, etc.) for just $50 .   This is a special option for our members only.  Not a member?  The entire family can join for as little as $40!

Price: $230 minimum (1-10 climbers); + $23/person for each additional climber.   A group of ten climbers can expect to climb for approximately 45 minutes each; larger groups are welcome, but individuals will have slightly less time to climb.  Nature exploration tools and a huge area of the woods are provided for the birthday party kids who are not currently climbing to use and explore!

Contact Bailey to book your climb

bveal@riveredge.us or (262)375-2715
“Our scouts LOVED the professional tree climbing at Riveredge! We have bragged about your Tree Climbing event with so many other scouts. Feels so natural to be climbing into the tree limbs thAn any rock wall that can be done indoors these days.”
Chris Lindeman

Co-Leader of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 8098

The Tree Climbing program at Riveredge has been such a breath of fresh air (literally) for us. Tree climbing gives our kids a place to find balance physically, mentally and emotionally.  They don’t even know it’s happening – they just know they are having fun.  They come out of it with tired arms or legs, but they have such a renewed energy and attitude.
Cathy Gettelfinger

Mom of Tree Climbing Club Member

The girls all said this was by far their favorite field trip! I was super impressed with how quickly they picked up on everything. Super cool experience, thank you for offering it!
Marsha Mamerow
Parent of Tree Climbers! Our family has climbed with Riveredge staff during open climbs and a birthday party. The staff is knowledgeable, fun and will help even the littlest climbers feel comfortable.  It is a beautiful and peaceful time up in the trees!  Our kids as well as us parents look forward to climbing a few times each season”.
Nicole Theys
“Just a quick note to tell you that my wife and two granddaughters enjoyed the tree climb. The staff members were excellent. We all learned much about the technicalities of tree climbing and enjoyed our time swinging in the tree canopy. Hats off for making it a fun and educational experience.”
Bill Fruend


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