October 1, 2023

The Minnesota Zoo Treetop Path in Apple Valley, Minn., is now officially open up to the public. The world’s longest elevated pedestrian loop, 1.25 miles, can take attendees to new heights—up to 32 feet earlier mentioned the floor. Visitors can travel into the trees and attain new views of many Zoo animals, including tigers, moose, bison, and camels. The Treetop Trail will be open year-round for guests to working experience Minnesota’s four seasons in all their glory.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor, Peggy Flanagan, aided kick off the grand opening by proclaiming it “Minnesota Zoo Treetop Trail Day” in the state in entrance of an enthusiastic group of character, animal, and zoo enthusiasts.

“The Minnesota Zoo has often been a specific location for our family members. By producing new alternatives to get outside and encouraging Minnesotans of all ages to take new perspectives, the Treetop Trail is a treasure and a genuine reward to Minnesotans,” explained Flanagan. “The Treetop Trail will take us 1 stage closer to earning Minnesota the best point out for young children and families—for generations to occur. I’m grateful to anyone who place their time, electrical power, and care into generating this vision a actuality.”

In his opening remarks, Minnesota Zoo Director John Frawley proclaimed that the Treetop Trail is a present for Minnesotans. “The Treetop Path will present an obtainable and immersive pathway to mother nature for all ages, capabilities, backgrounds, and communities.”

Opening on Environment Character Conservation Working day, the Treetop Path reaffirms the Minnesota Zoo as a worldwide leader in wildlife conservation and as a reliable mother nature spot. The Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to link people, animals, and the all-natural planet to conserve wildlife.

“For the final 45 many years, the Zoo has done a large occupation connecting people and animals. The Treetop Path makes it possible for us to reimagine the traditional zoo encounter and further more the link in between individuals and the organic environment,” stated Frawley.

The Treetop Path gives company yr-round access to hundreds of acres of hardwood forest, ponds and marshes, and the assorted wildlife that calls Minnesota household. And, of program, a bird’s eye look at for fowl watchers. It adds more than 70,000 square toes to the Zoo and involves 22 bump-out overlooks to increase the viewing working experience while going for walks the trail.

Integrating into the Minnesota Zoo’s primary monorail keep track of, which opened in 1979 and was retired in 2013, the Treetop Path is the top reuse construction project. Scheduling began in June 2018, and a ceremonial groundbreaking was held in April 2022.

“Thanks to the whole support from our Boards, legislative and government champions, as perfectly as the philanthropic community, we have secured $39 million in community and personal partnership to guidance our Action into Mother nature marketing campaign and this transformational challenge,” stated Frawley.

The Minnesota Zoo would like to express gratitude to the adhering to for their help of the Treetop Trail: State of Minnesota, K.A.H.R. Foundation, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Group, Concentrate on, Finest Buy Foundation, Hubbard Broadcasting Basis, Flint Hills Sources, and hundreds of unique donors.

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Edited by Alexandra Benedict, the government affairs and communications intern at AZA. 

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