TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue, Neb., located on the Missouri River 15 minutes outside of Omaha, celebrated its grand opening July 31. Merica Whitehall, Fontenelle Forest executive director, said, “We see the new Adventure Park as another opportunity to experience the beauty of nature at the Forest. This is just one way that Fontenelle Forest is creating new opportunities for everyone to experience and enjoy nature.” Fontenelle Forest is one of Nebraska’s oldest conservation organizations.
TreeRush Adventures includes a main climbing area for ages seven through adult, called TreeRush Adventure Park, with a separate KidRush Adventure Park for ages 4-6. Both parks include zip lines, rope bridges, and netted tunnels suspended between platforms built around trees and poles. Guests start from a main tree platform where they can choose trails of varying difficulty. Trails are color-coded, with yellow being the easiest. The advanced black trail includes elements 55 feet above the forest floor. There are seven TreeRush trails, and two KidRush trails.
“With the opening of TreeRush, we will be able to promote active involvement in outdoor recreation and exercise for all ages,” Whlitehall said. “By immersing people in the natural world, outdoor recreation builds support for conservation and helps develop the next generation of stewards.”
Tickets for two-hour climbing sessions range from $39 to $45, and $18 for KidRush. As a prelaunch promotion, TreeRush offered a 25 percent discount on its website. TreeRush is open daily through the summer and on weekends into the late fall.
Fontenelle Forest is located along the Missouri River just 15 minutes from downtown Omaha off the US 75 Chandler Road Exit in Bellevue, NE. It is open daily throughout the summer and weekends until late fall.