Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Within the pages of the Minnesota Zoo’s Master Plan, Pathway to Nature, the MN Zoo’s Nature Task Force states that the mission of the Zoo is to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. This demonstrates the Zoo’s continued wildlife conservation work and its vision for “a future where wildlife thrives in Minnesota and beyond”. The Treetop Trail Project brings this mission and vision closer to reality by inviting Zoo guests to engage with the natural world from an entirely different perspective….Up in the Trees!
The main goals of the Treetop Trail Project are to reopen and “activate” access to heavily wooded forest and unique views of naturalistic and animal exhibits; to provide guests with a transformational way to experience nature; increase opportunities for mission-based nature education highlighting the health benefits of nature, activities that explore the intersection of art and nature; and to provide events built upon nature, adventure, recreation and leisure.
Treetop Trail Project Scope:
Construction of the Treetop Trail began in May 2022. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 29 as a kick-off to construction. Read Sun This Week article.