Aerial adventure: Sky Wild ropes course fun for the entire family

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent

GREENSBORO — An exhilarating treetop adventure awaits you at the Greensboro Science Center.
Sky Wild ropes course opened in early 2015.

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Sky Wild ropes course at the Greensboro Science Center is a fun adventure for the whole family. [Kaitlyn Parham / Times-News correspondent


The experience begins with a quick and productive safety  course. All individuals must complete “Ground School,”  a lowered version of the course that helps them become  familiar with the equipment and rules.
Sky Wild offers  three different levels of challenge, including two  beginner courses, two intermediate courses and two advanced courses. Once trained and prepared,  individuals can decide where they wish to start their  treetop adventure.
Throughout these different levels, individuals navigate numerous aerial challenges, including crawling, climbing, swinging, sliding and even zip lining. These exciting activities reach heights over 40 feet and provide participants with an overhead and exclusive view of the maned wolves and tiger exhibit, giving the experience a new level of stimulation.
   While the course is considerably tiring and physically testing, it pushes all who complete it in a way that is rewarding and worthwhile.
Sky Wild staff is there for customers every step of the way, providing all climbers with encouragement and strategy.
“The staff is very helpful because they guide you on how to start each course and give you lots of tips on how to complete each course more easily,” said Cole Sizemore, 12, an adventurous participant who has completed each level of the Sky Wild course.
After an exciting afternoon of climbing, Sizemore advised future Sky Wild participants “not to be afraid of falling” for the strong rope from which individuals hang is reassuring and can hold up to 30,000 pounds.
Sky Wild was designed by the Association for Challenge Course Technology, and is regularly inspected by the organization. The aerial adventure park is open to all ages 8 and up, and closed-toe shoes are required to complete the course. Minor participants must present a waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian upon arrival at the course.
The Greensboro Science Center recommends making reservations at least one week in advance to ensure a preferential date and time. Visit the Greensboro Science Center’s Sky Wild this summer and participate in this exciting challenge course that will leave you feeling accomplished and ready for more.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Tickets are $46 for adults; $43 for children 8 to 13 years old and includes admission to the Greensboro Science Center.

Kaitlyn Parham is a rising senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & 20s writer.

 

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