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Participants from the Midwest Region Will Compete on Saturday, June 8

International Society of Arboriculture Midwest Chapter Tree Climbing Championship
WHEN: Saturday, June 8. Public Hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis
COST: $8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents. Free children ages 12 and under
INFO:; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free

(ST. LOUIS): International Society of Arboriculture Midwest Chapter Tree Climbing Championship will return to the Missouri Botanical Garden on Saturday, June 8 to test arbor-related skills in a wide array of tree climbing events. The tree climbing competition is similar to working conditions of arborists in the field, yet adds a level of competition and excitement. Garden visitors are welcome to observe the competitions during Garden hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Events include the work climb event which tests the contestant’s ability to move about the tree using a tree-climbing line and saddle/harness; the aerial rescue event, a timed event that tests the contestants ability to climb to and safely lower a climber who is unable to descend without assistance; ascending and descending trees; timed relays; throw line usage and much more. An emcee will be on site to present information on techniques and methods performed by the climbers.
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This popular tree climbing competition returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening for the first time in 16 years. Approximately 35 male and female participants from across the region will compete in the championship. Competitors with the highest scores will move on to the Masters Challenge in Toronto, Ontario in August 2013.

Showcasing the highest level of professional skills, the event also provides a competitive learning environment for those in the industry. “Arborists not only learn new techniques from one another, they also see and use newly developed equipment,” says Certified Arborist and Past President of the ISA Midwest Chapter, Mike Sestric. “Competitive tree climbing also introduces the public to the skills that professional arborists use to care for their trees.”

In addition, Garden visitors can take part in “Canopy Climb 1: Learning the Ropes” offered by the Missouri Botanical Garden’s education division. Designed for the first-time climber, expert instructors introduce participants to the world of trees, while teaching the basics of tree-climbing mechanics such as climbing techniques, balance and safety. Throughout this session, climbers will have the opportunity to ascend and descend multiple times, exploring different parts of the tree’s structure, limbs and canopy. For ages eight and up. Sessions are held at held at the Missouri Botanical Garden in the Japanese Garden from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m on Saturday, June 8.

Horticulture Supervisor for the Missouri Botanical Garden, Ben Chu said, “We are happy to have a competition of this caliber take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Tree Climbing Championship upholds tree arborists as dedicated professionals performing work in a safe and efficient manner.”

Event support provided by Hudson Tree Service and Trees, Forests and Landscapes.

The Tree Climbing Championship is included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Missouri Botanical Garden members are free.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

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The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus ( For general information, log on to or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.