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Explore the Wonders of the Treetops

Canopy Climbers is an award-winning tree-climbing school and adventure company that works every day to teach people how to climb trees so they can more uniquely CONNECT with trees, nature and each other. Canopy Climbers is the recipient of the Star Green Business Award, presented to us by the City of Gainesville for promoting safe and sustainable tree-climbing activities in our local parks. We were recognized especially for protecting the trees in which we climb, while promoting the responsible enjoyment of our beautiful local parks. CLICK HERE for more about our Star Green Business Award. We also give back 10% of our income to help maintain, beautify and protect the parks in which we climb, so future generations can enjoy our enchanting parks as we do today.


We climb trees to create and nurture an essential human connection with trees, forests, nature and each other.
Tree climbing offers a unique pathway to empowerment and inspiration for the hearts and minds of those who adventure up and into the forest canopy.

We offer fun "Canopy Climbs" but our passion and focus is to teach people how to technically climb trees. We offer a 2-day Basic Tree Climbing Course (BTCC), a 2-day Advanced Course and a 1-day "HitchClimber" Course. Book a "Canopy Climb" for 4 or more people, if you're looking for a 2-hour fun climbing adventure. You'll experience the thrill of recreational tree climbing as you ascend into the canopy, hanging out with your friends and family. If you want to learn how to climb big trees on your own, then click here to learn about our BTCC.

Virtually anyone can climb trees. We use a tree-friendly, sustainable "rope and saddle" arborist climbing method to ascend and explore the forest canopy. Our user-friendly climbing system is proven safe for people and trees too, and makes it relatively easy to climb into the treetops.

Generally, we recommend that children be 8 years old or older for our "Canopy Climbs." However, we've climbed trees with kids as young as 6-7 years old. The bottom line is, if kids are fit, active and most importantly, they can follow instructions well, then they will likely do well climbing trees with us, even as young as age six. We leave it to parents to decide. We recommend our BTCC students be at least 18 years of age, given the physical and mental demands the course requires.

PLEASE NOTE: It's pretty obvious that when we climb trees, we are defying gravity. We believe any healthy person can climb trees with our user-friendly climbing system. But everyone is different. Defying gravity takes a distinct level of effort. If you have any ongoing health issues or injuries, please consult your doctor before booking a climb with us. Some folks feel it's fairly easy to climb trees with us. Some feel it is a strenuous activity. But no doubt, climbing trees gives everyone a sense of accomplishment, empowerment and connection with nature.

Climbing a rope into the top of a tree is an "adventure-workout." And that’s why so many people enjoy doing it. Your personal experience will depend on your level of power, weight and fitness, also known as the "power-to-weight ratio." Since 2011, we've guided over 1200 climbers into the trees and virtually a 100% of the participants, of all ages and abilities, enjoyed a successful climb.

Our system is user friendly, intuitive and engages our legs mostly, for efficient ergonomics. There is also an inherent 2 to 1 "mechanical advantage" built into our rope-climbing system. That's a fancy way of saying you don't have to hoist your entire body weight up the climbing system. The system actually cuts your effort in half. And when you want to take a break from your ascent, you can simply let go of the rope and the system holds you in place, no effort required.

We encourage our tree-climbing guests to climb at their own pace and only go as high as they want. Recreational tree climbing is not a race or competition. We focus on having a fun, being mindful and experiencing the inspiration of trees and forests. No previous tree-climbing experience is required to enjoy our fun tree-climbing adventures.

Book Your Tree-Climbing Adventure Now



This website is quite informative regarding recreational tree climbing. Please carefully read it over to learn about our tree-climbing events and instructional courses.

You can book a climbing event by clicking any "BOOK NOW" button on this website. Please choose any available date and time slot. If our booking system does not let you book a particular date and time slot, that simply means it is already booked and/or not available. Please choose and book any other available date and time slot.

We require a minimum purchase of a 4-person event. Sorry, we cannot make any exceptions to this minimum requirement. You must pay the full amount in advance to successfully book an event. Booking an event is the only way to guarantee a date and time slot.


Lastly, Canopy Climbers is required to give our local municipalities (the owners of the beautiful local parks in which we climb) at least five (5) days notice to climb trees on premises. We cannot book a climb any sooner than that. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but we must respectfully follow their rules. Please be advised that we cannot book events over the phone. However, feel free to email us with any other questions you may have. Thank you!


Our "Canopy Climbs" are fun, 2-hour tree-climbing adventures for groups of 4 or more. Canopy Climbs are the perfect adventure for double dates, birthdays, family reunions, church groups, summer camps, office groups, general group team-building events, school groups and more. No previous tree-climbing experience is required to enjoy our fun Canopy Climbs.

PLEASE NOTE: We can climb up to 10 people simultaneously. If you wish to book a climb for 11 or more people, please contact us directly. We can accommodate your large group, however, we will need to create 2 or more sub-groupings, depending on the number of participants.

What's Included
- Climbing Orientation & Demonstration
- Master the Tree Climbing System
- Learn how to do a Bat Hang
- Participants enjoy climbing trees for about 1.5 hours with an option to purchase extra time to extend your event
- All climbing & safety gear is provided by Canopy Climbers
- Please Note: Photography services are not included with our tree-climbing events. Please feel free to take as many photos as you like. We would appreciate it if you tag and/or #CanopyClimbers. :)

- This climb is for a minimum of 4 climbers and a maximum of ??? (please contact us if your group has 9 or more participants)
- This is a 2-hour time commitment, unless you add an extra hour
- We highly recommend climbers be at least age 8
- All Participants Must Sign Our Liability & Photo Waiver
- Parents must sign Waivers for children climber-participants

$49-per climber*

*Giving back: When you climb trees with us, 10% of your fee is paid to either the city or county, depending on where you climb. These funds go towards keeping our parks beautiful.

Optional Canopy Extras For Your Treetop Adventure
- Extra Tree Time for your event: $100- per hour for your entire group


Want to safely climb big trees on your own? We'll teach you how. Take the
Basic Tree Climbing Course (BTCC) in Gainesville with TCI-trained Instructor, Danny Lyons. Become proficient at the safe, tree-friendly, traditional Doubled Rope Technique (DRT) arborist climbing system.

The BTCC provides the necessary bedrock of tree-climbing knowledge and practices for anyone who climbs trees. It is designed to teach you the necessary skills to safely climb trees using the DRT arborist climbing methods. Students learn how to "mobilize" in the treetops, by developing the skill set to climb through the crown of a tree, upwards, downwards and horizontally.

This course is ideal for recreational adventurers, canopy researchers or anyone else who wishes to safely access the treetops and the forest canopy. No previous tree-climbing experience is required to take the BTCC.

> Click here to learn more about the BTCC <




We are thankful that the City of Gainesville and Alachua County has granted Canopy Climbers permission to provide tree-climbing events in selected local parks. Come climb trees with us, year-round, and enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor adventure found only in North Central Florida.

Danny Lyons
Tree-Climbing Instructor and
Founder, Canopy Climbers, LLC

"Did you climb trees when you were a kid? Climbing a tree can create a deep, life-long connection with our natural environment. You can call it a "bonding experience," or maybe it can be simply called "love." Regardless, this vital connection we experience while climbing trees holds the power to inspire and empower our hearts and minds. And since we tend to protect what we love, we invite you to "Climb a tree and feel the love." -DL


Canopy Climbers is honored to be awarded the TripAdvisor "2017 Certificate of Excellence." We send out a heartfelt thanks to all of our amazing clients who took the time to review us. We truly appreciate our local community of outdoor adventurers, and those who live well beyond it, who continue to support recreational tree climbing here in North-Central Florida.

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