FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Canopy Tour

* Who can participate?
* How much does it cost?
* How long does it take?
* Where is it located and how do I get there?
* What if I don’t like heights or am not an adventure sports kind of person?
* Why should I participate?
* Is it safe?
* What should I wear?
* What is your weather policy
* What is your cancellation policy

Who can participate?

Canopy Tour Programming at WVU is open to everyone! The canopy tour experience is always educationally focused and incorporates an environmental education curriculum. There are a few guidelines that you should be aware of if you plan to participate! Click Here!

How much does it cost?

The price of participation for the canopy tour with tax is as follows:

Current WVU students: $30

Current WVU faculty/staff: $31.80

Non-Profit: $40.00

General Public: $53.00

How long does it take?

The length of the program is approximately 2hrs. This includes everything from a brief introduction and gear up with harness/helmet, the tour and return hike and shedding of equipment. You can expect to spend over an hour in the trees! Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to be ready to start on time.

Where is it located and How do I get there?

The Canopy Tour is located in the University Research Forest (off of the Coopers Rock Exit on Rt. 68). It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to the canopy tour from downtown Morgantown. Participants may need to leave extra travel time to allow for heavier traffic. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. Once registered, participants will receive specific driving directions and instructions on where to meet the canopy tour guides.

What if I don’t like heights or am not an adventure sports kind of person?

While participants should be willing to experience heights, it is important to note that this activity isn’t designed only for the elite, adrenaline junkie. The design of the course allows participants to ease into the experience while building their confidence and skills. Because of this, many participants who are typically afraid of heights enjoy the canopy tour. The tour ends with a 45’ Rappel from our last platform to the ground. Often participants who are uncomfortable with heights find this to be the most challenging aspect of the experience.

It is also worth noting that the canopy tour is as much about learning and experiencing the forest from a unique perspective as it is about the thrill of riding a zipline. The canopy tour is designed around this balance, and as such it should appeal to those with less of an appetite for “extreme”.

Why should I participate?

The Canopy Tour is a fun, educational and unique experience available to the WVU community. Canopy Tours have been growing rapidly throughout the US over the past several years. Their popularity has much to do with the fun and exciting nature of the tour combined with the relatively low physical requirements of participation. Additionally, the Adventure WV canopy tour gives participants a unique look at the forest in which it is located. Participants will learn about the WVU Research Forest, Forest Management and Wildlife.

Is it safe?

Canopy Tour programming has a very strong safety record. It is closely related to the challenge course industry and adheres to the same standards. A 20 year safety study conducted on challenge course programming confirmed that the overall accidental injury rate in the field is very low. That study identified an injury rate of 4.33 per million hours of program exposure. While that may not mean much to you, it may be helpful if compared to some sports you may be more familiar with. For example, Downhill skiing had an accident rate of 724 injuries per million hours of program exposure and soccer had 4500 injuries per million hours of program exposure. As you can see, participating in these activities caries a very reasonable level of risk.

What should I wear?

Participants should wear comfortable, athletic clothing while participating in the challenge course (no dresses or skirts). It is important to dress for the weather as the tour will operate rain or shine! This may include rain jackets, warm layers and warm footwear. Please note that due to the elevation and exposure, temperatures tend to be 5º to 10º cooler than low lying areas such as Morgantown. Securly fashioned, closed toed footwear is required for participation in the course.

What is your weather policy?

The WVU Canopy Tour is an outdoor classroom which operates in a wide variety of safe weather. Dangerous weather during the scheduled program allows for rescheduling or cancelation without accruing a fee. Dangerous weather includes electrical storms, extreme temps, high winds, etc. This will be determined by the facilitator.

For the most up to date and accurate weather follow this link.

What is your cancellation policy?

  • If you need to make changes to your reservation, please contact the WVU Canopy Tour office as soon as possible at (304) 293-5221.
  • Cancellations made less than 5 business days prior to the program date are subject to a cancellation fee. This fee will reflect up to 25% of the program agreement fee and is determined by the Program Manager. Normal business days are Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.
  • Cancellations made by the Organization and/or the Program Contact within 48 hours of the established program date are subject to pay the entire portion of the program agreement. This fee is determined by the Program Manager.
  • Cancellations due to weather or other extenuating circumstances (as determined by the Program Manager) may reschedule.