Open Enrollment Canopy Tour
Open Enrollment canopy tour programs are available to students, employees, and the general public.
Regularly scheduled tour times are held Thursday-Sunday each week, April through Early November. Sunset tours are available throughout the summer.
Tour typically take 2 1/2 - 3 hours to complete. All open enrollment tours are first come, first serve. Simply visit the site below to select you preferred date and time.
WVU Students, Faculty & Staff are all eligible for individual discounts. Call 304.293.2203 to receive your discount code. Please have you student/staff ID number ready.Open Enrollment Canopy Tour Registration
Private Tour Options and Academic Programs
Groups can schedule canopy tours at specially requested times outside of our normal operational hours. No additional charge is applied for private tour bookings.
How to schedule a private tour or Educational Adventure:
- Contact the WVU Outdoor Education Center and speak with an OEC representative at 304.293-5221 ext. 2 or 3
- Please have your preferred dates ready along with an estimated participant count
- Complete our online registration form. This will be forwarded to an OEC representative and will formally initiate the reservation process.
STEM literacy by way of zip-line? Yes, it can be done. Specifically designed for middle and high school students, our Science Behind Zip-Lines program brings physics and engineering principles to life. Learn how to calculate your maximum speed before going out on tour. Actual zip speeds are captured – allowing students to compare their predicted results.
The WVU Zip-Line Canopy Tour includes the following:
- 7 tree based platforms
- 4 zip-lines - ranging from 200 feet to 900+feet
- Maximum speeds can reach 30-35 mph
- Includes 1 aerial bride and 1 sky ladder
- Participants exit via a 45 foot rappel
- Guided by professional trained staff - each stop along our tour also include interpretive talks about the WVU research forest
- Must weigh between 70 -250 lbs.
- Participants must be in moderate to good health; active participation is required. Participants must be able to pull themselves along the cable, and slow themselves using a glove to create friction on the cable. Participants should be able to walk at least one mile.
- Participants must be able to understand and follow the guide’s instructions.
- Closed-toe shoes are required while participating in the program.
- It is recommended that you consult your physician before engaging in this activity to ensure that you do not have a physical condition that may increase your risk of injury or death during this activity. Participants should notify a staff member if he or she has any of the following conditions as participation is not advised and may be denied:
- Recent, reoccurring, or existing injuries and serious musculoskeletal disorders that would prohibit full participation;
- Medical conditions that could require immediate medical attention such as a seizure disorder