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GEHC reopens Treetop Quest for the warmer months

If you go

• What: Reopening of Treetop Quest

• When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford

• Cost: $19 to $45

• For more information: Visit www.gwinnettehc.o...>

BUFORD -- Calling all thrill seekers, adrenaline junkies and daredevils: Treetop Quest at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is reopening on Saturday after being closed through December for the winter months.

"Treetop Quest brings lots of additional programming opportunities and allows the community to explore nature's magnificent tree canopy," said Jason West, director of development at the center. "It also supports the GEHC's mission to get people outside into nature and participating in a healthy, physical activity."

In addition to the five courses from last year, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Fly Through The Trees, a new course which features six zip lines, with the longest one running 200 feet.

To celebrate the opening, Georgia Force's mascot Blu and the Force cheerleaders will be swinging through the trees on Saturday.

For those who have never been to the attraction, there are zip lines, monkey bridges, Tarzan swings and flying foxes at heights of up to 55 feet above the forest floor, plus it's eco-friendly.

"The attraction, which was funded by Treetop Quest, is a benefit to the community in that it creates a regional eco-tourism destination, generates economic opportunities and job growth and provides another exciting reason to visit the GEHC," West said. "Treetop Quest offers a unique experience, combining environmental education with physical activity. In addition, it offers various challenges to a wide audience, ranging from age four to active, senior adults."

But the main thing West wants is for attendees to learn while having a good time.

"The GEHC wants visitors of all ages to have an enjoyable experience while on its campus and leave with additional knowledge about nature and the environment," he said.

The attraction is only open on Saturday and Sundays in March.