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From Philadelphia Inquirer's WKND: A new exhibit takes visitors into the treetops at Morris Arboretum
Friday, August 7, 2009
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Thursday, July 9, 2009
By Michael Gold
Penn students might be used to navigating the concrete jungle of Philadelphia, but the University's Morris Arboretum is hoping they will transfer those skills to a forest of a different kind.At the Arboretum's new "Out on a Limb" tree canopy walk, students get a break from dodging squirrels on Locust Walk and get the opportunity to be one. (Read more...)
New Tree Adventure exhibit opens
For those wanting to experience the beauty of the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss Morris Arboretum and Gardens of the University of Pennsylvania.
The arboretum is an intimate, 92-acre Victorian delight that allows visitors to experience peaceful gardens with colorful flowers, changing scenery and unusual trees in a romantic, historic landscape. (Read more...)
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tree Adventure at the Morris Arboretum
Go Out on a Limb at the Morris Arboretum’s new Tree Adventure exhibit!
This new, permanent exhibit explores the relationship between plants and people and stresses the theme that we need trees, and trees need us. (Read more...)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
By Karin Phillips
A new exhibit at the Morris Arboretum brings visitors closer to their environment by bringing them off the ground and into the air.
The construction of "Out On A Limb" is very subtle. It starts with a 450-foot, steel and wooden walkway, and before you know it you're 50 feet in the air, with a bird's eye view of the arboretum's forest. (Read more...)
Weekend Winners: For the Fourth
By Brian Bingaman
Opening July 4 at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, is the exhibit "Tree Adventure," which explores the relationship between plants and people. The centerpiece is "Out on a Limb," a 450-foot-long walkway 50 feet above the ground, giving a bird's-eye view of the forest. Other highlights include the Bird's Nest, Squirrel Scramble, and the Wissahickon Vista platform. (Read more...)
One of Morris Arboretum's new exhibits is the treehouse you always wanted as a kid, blown up to epic proportions. Rising branchlike from the forest floor, it consists of a 450-foot walkway that climbs five stories into a canopy, eventually encircling a 250-year-old oak and culminating in a realistic, room-sized bird's nest built from harvested branches. (Read more...)
Morris Arboretum branches out
New Tree Adventure takes you up in the leaves.
By Monica Peters
For The Inquirer
Children and adults can explore the relationship between plants and people at Tree Adventure, a new exhibit opening Saturday at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. (Read more...)
Monday, June 29, 2009
By Victor FiorilloOut On A Limb
You’ve probably seen the 92 acres of arboreal loveliness that are Morris Arboretum (and if you haven’t, shame on you!), but you’ve certainly never seen them from 50 feet up in the air. The new, permanent treetop installation Out On a Limb: A Tree Adventure debuts July 4th.
By Penn Current Staff
New at the Morris Arboretum this summer is an exhibit called “Tree Adventure.” Opening July 4, it explores the relationship between plants and people through a central theme: We need trees, and trees need us. (Read more...)
Friday, June 26, 2009
By Jesse Reilly
After Paul Meyer, the director of the Morris Arboretum, visited London’s Kew Gardens several years ago and experienced its canopy walk among the trees, he thought it was something his garden needed. Now, after nearly five years of planning, the arboretum’s “Out on a Limb” exhibit, completing the arboretum’s Tree Adventure, is set to open July 4. (Read more...)
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Read an excerpt from the article below. To view the full article, click here.
Arboretum’s exhibit takes families out on a limb
by Joel Hoffmann
“People need trees,” Bob Gutowski was telling me as we surveyed the vast, verdant canopy above the Wissahickon Vista. “Why do they need trees?” I asked, inviting the treetop philosopher to think aloud.“Do you breathe?” he asked. I took a quick breath, then I smirked at Gutowski and answered, “Yeah … yeah.” “Well, guess what?” he said, chuckling between thoughts, “you breathe what the trees produce.” Read more...
Monday, May 11, 2009
At its highest point, the canopy walk soars close to 50 feet above the ground.
Monday, May 4, 2009
The workers started laying the wood platform down on top of the steel structure. The final Canopy Walk will look completely natural and fit into the surroundings of the Arboretum.
Building "The Bird's Nest" while still on the ground. It will eventually take its place up in the trees, as a central part of the Out On A Limb exhibit.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Despite bracing winter temperatures, construction of Out on a Limb - a Tree Adventure began in early January with Morris Arboretum arborists supervising the project. The exhibit is designed to showcase trees and educate visitors about our symbiotic relationship with them. To reflect this goal, the maximum preservation of trees and their rooting environment is paramount. Every design and construction decision must balance the excitement factor of building a canopy walkway high into the trees with construction techniques that create the least disturbance to the local environment. And it goes without saying that the structure must also achieve maximum stability and safety.
To accomplish this, considerable pre-planning was gone into studying the root systems of the trees in the exhibit site plan prior to construction. Arboretum staff, in conjunction with Metcalfe architects, structural engineers and construction staff have surveyed and exposed the roots to determine exactly where points of entry should be placed to minimize the footprint of the foundation. Careful examination has informed exactly how the tree canopy structure will be build among the trees.
Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure exhibit’s impact is intended to ‘tiptoe’ through the trees using smaller points of entry called micro-piles instead of larger points which would affect a greater portion of the root surface. To further protect the roots, layers of mulch with stabilizing fabric have been installed to cushion the roots.
To safeguard the tree trunks, a protective casing of wood slats has been placed around the tree at base level and six feet upward. This technique is replicated 30 feet up to shield the tree canopy from potential damage by the construction cranes.
As an added element of challenge in creating the smallest footprint for Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure, the exhibit is built on a ridge that begins the Wissahickon Gorge, on hard bedrock, so that all of the construction must be engineered to accommodate the site’s geology.
When the Tree Adventure exhibit is complete in early summer, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the critical role trees play in our environment. They will gain an informed perspective on how trees develop, grow, and contribute to the biosphere, which will foster a keener understanding of the relationship between people and trees. Most importantly, Tree Adventure will nurture a sense of stewardship toward trees in our communities, many of which are stressful environments where trees depend heavily on people to sustain them. And to accomplish this goal the Morris Arboretum is leading by example and has employed all of the best conservation practices in the construction of Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure exhibit.