About Treetop Explorer
Recreational Tree Climbing is a unique and exciting way to challenge yourself and connect with trees. Climbing trees has tremendous physical, emotional, and developmental benefits for the human body and mind.
Our Recreational Tree Climbing events enable you to enjoy exploring the world above the ground in a fun, encouraging, and accepting atmosphere. We offer numerous public climbs and are available for private birthday parties, scout troop outings, and staff retreats.
Our Learn-to-Climb classes introduce you to the world of technical tree climbing; including the equipment, techniques, and methods that will allow you to enjoy countless hours of tree-time on your own.
Treetop Explorer strives to raise awareness of this unique and rewarding outdoor experience across Wisconsin. Climb with us and discover the impact tree-time will have on you.
Meet Our Tree Climbing Adventure Guides
I climbed into my first tree as a professional in 1995, and have taken friends and family up to enjoy the unique experience over the years. However, I did not actually "discover" recreational tree climbing until relatively recently.
Formally trained as an arborist, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to study, climb, work with, plant, teach, and talk about trees for over 30 years. I have learned many things from trees and my time with them.
As rewarding and exciting as climbing as a working arborist was, it was through climbing simply for enjoyment where I found a deeper connection to trees. Climbing trees provides peace and rejuvenation unlike any of my other outdoor hobbies.
When I’m not in the trees, Jen and I are enjoying our time together. You may find us planning our next excursion, relaxing in the garden, or working on our goal of completing a half marathon in every state.
I have climbed trees around the country and have enjoyed countless hours of tree time. Alone or with others, each climb brings a greater appreciation for nature and deeper understanding of myself. The joy of climbing a tree today takes me back to where my love of trees began, enjoying the taste of freshly picked tangerines as I sat in the treetop in our front yard of my childhood home.
I hope to share a branch with you soon!
- Recognized RTC Senior Instructor - Global Organization of Tree Climbers
- Recognized Lead Facilitator - Global Organization of Tree Climbers
- TCIA Approved Instructor - TCIA Tree Care Academy
Academy Certifications: Tree Climber Specialist, SRT Climber, Aerial Rescue, Tree Care Specialist, Plant Health Care Technician
- Consulting Arborist & Trainer - Tree Health Specialists
- ISA Board Certified Master Arborist #MW-0433B
- TCIA Certified TreeCare Safety Professional #2345
- graduate: Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (Highest academic achiever, Class of 1997)
- Global Organization of Tree Climbers - Board member, president
- member - Wisconsin Arborist Association, International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Care Industry Association, Global Organization of Tree Climbers
Jennifer Andrews - tree climbing lead facilitator
My first ascent into the trees was in a beautiful white oak in Indiana almost 15 years ago. Sitting on top of a ridge, the view from high in the canopy stretched out for miles across rolling wooded hills.
Little did I know the course our lives would take to bring us to today. With the desire to create a better work-life balance, Curt and I are fortunate enough to be able to actively pursue our dreams, one of which being to impact people's lives in an enjoyable and rewarding way.
While pursuing our respective careers, we worked hard at my previous business in order to provide a comfortable and engaging atmosphere in our Irish pub. The enjoyment and pleasure of providing a quality customer experience is addictive, which is part of the reason we found ourselves drawn to creating a new business focussed on the customer's experience.
After achieving many milestones and selling that business 10 years ago, we found ourselves at a point in life where we were once again ready to take a turn and head down the unpaved path. Climbing trees can be energizing and therapeutic, which is very much welcomed at the end of a hectic work week. It also fits right in with my other hobbies: yoga, hiking, reading, walking, camping, traveling, and finding new ways to relax outdoors.
As I continue the pursuit of my personal career, it is a pleasure to be able to host climbers at as many of our climbing events that my schedule allows.
- Recognized RTC Lead Facilitator - Global Organization of Tree Climbers
Amanda Kendziora - tree climbing lead facilitator
Amanda's background as a certified therapeutic recreational therapist and experiential therapist provides her with great understanding and insight into the many benefits our experiences can provide to those who join us in the trees.
Her adventurous personality and active lifestyle has driven her to pursue her credentials as a tree climbing adventure guide.
- Treetop Explorer RTC Lead Facilitator
Emma Koeppel - tree climbing facilitator
Climbing high into a tree for the first time left me feeling invigorated and calm. I knew after my first climb that I was hooked.
I believe that being in a tree can bring a renewed sense of trust in yourself and the environment around you. It can also quench your thirst for adventure and challenge!
In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, yoga, music and paddling. I teach piano lessons and also play piano in the band The Watchbirds.
I look forward to helping people experience the joys, challenges, and benefits of climbing into the treetops!
Tree Climbing Facilitator Trainees:
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Are you interested in blending an exciting hobby with the reward of taking others into the trees?
"People in the trees" - original art work by Dave B.
- Donated to Waukesha Community Arts Project