What makes a team great?

It seems that some teams just have it all: they get along swimmingly, can communicate with just a look, and always seem to be at the top of their game. And it doesn’t seem like it takes them any effort. HOW is that possible? It’s not. Like anything worth having, Building, nurturing, and growing a great team takes work.

Luckily for you, we’re here to help! T2T Team Building programs are all custom made to suit your group and to help you to nurture the aspects of your team that you may want some help with.

We’ve asked around, and here’s what you told us are some of the things that make a team great.

Communication

Learn your style! How do you communicate with others, how do others respond, and how do they communicate with you? You may be surprised to realize that your style of communication interacts differently than you’d expect with another’s style of communication. It’s an art to learn how to blend these together to help your team to communicate effectively.

They all share a goal

It’s important for your team to all sit down and communicate about what you think the team’s goals are. You might be surprised to hear what other team members think that your overall goal is! If your team is not all working towards the same goal, how successful can you be?

Everyone contributes

Do you remember group projects and how frustrating they could be when one member let you down, or when they didn’t do any of the work? The same concept applies here. A great team weighs everyone’s strengths, plays to them, and delegates accordingly!

Feeling like a part of the team & supporting each other

This is a major part of being a successful team member. If you don’t feel like you belong, it’s tough to be an integral part of the team. By being a participant in a team and supporting each other, you’ll feel the relationships and connections between members grow.

Want to learn more or get your fall team building organized?  Complete our Team Building Inquiry Form!

School Trips

We hate to say it, but it’s already August! Our adventurous teachers are probably starting to think about the new year, and probably starting to already think about ways to get your classroom outside while the weather is still nice.

Here’s some ways that you can get your class on a trip to Tree to Tree!

ECOSYSTEMS + HABITATS –

Observe Animals and Food Webs!
Learn about the parts of a tree: What better way to learn about roots, stems, and leaves than by climbing a tree!

PHYSICS –

Learn about force, motion, momentum, energy, and more!

SIMPLE MACHINES –

There are 6 basic simple machines; the lever, the wheel and axle, the inclined plane, the wedge, the pulley, and the screw. You can find many of these throughout the courses!

MATH –

Have you heard of Zipline Barbie? Learn about the Pythagorean Theorem, Angles of Elevation, of the length of a right triangle.  This awesome teacher is sharing lesson plans & classroom materials for Zipline Barbie!

Ready to get your class trip booked? Give us a call at 503-357-0109 for group rates and availability!

Tree Inspo

Trees are so much more than a great platform for us to play around in the trees. They’re also great inspiration for us to live our lives!

“Uh, what? These people over at T2T are losing it” No, hear us out.  Trees are like us in so many ways.  They grow from something so small into something much bigger than itself, they take care of not only themselves, but nurture those around them. We both learn to grow and adapt to our surroundings. The sunshine and warm, fresh air help us to feel alive. If we have so many similarities, shouldn’t we be learning from trees whenever we can?

We’ve gathered up some of the best advice on how to take care of yourself by following in their path.

“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.”

“Advice from a tree: stand tall and proud. go out on a limb. remember your roots,  drink plenty of water. be content with your natural beauty and enjoy the view.”

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”

“Learn character from trees, values from roots and change from leaves.”

“The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.”

“A tree that is unbending is easily broken.”

“Be like a tree: Stay grounded, Connect with your roots, turn over a new leaf, bend before you break,  enjoy your unique natural beauty, keep growing.” -Joanne Raptis

“Be like a tree: Let the dead leaves drop.”  -Rumi

Arbor Day at Tree to Tree

Happy Arbor Day! We hope you’re celebrating with us by spending a day in the trees.  If you couldn’t join us, we hop you’re helping us Celebrate Arbor Day at Tree to Tree from afar by joining us to plant a tree.

By planting a tree, you’re helping us to combat climate change, clean the air, provide oxygen, conserve energy, prevent erosion, provide food, and even reduce violence!

Planting just one tree in an open pasture can increase bird biodiversity from nearly 0 up to 80!   What a beautiful thing.

As poet Lucy Larcom said, “He who plants a tree plants hope.” Thanks for joining us to make the earth a beautiful place and to spread hope.

How to pick your tree

There’s a lot to consider when picking out what type of tree you want to plant.  You have to pick something that’s native to your area or in the right hardiness zone to make sure it will grow well. You have to decide if you want an evergreen, a flowering tree, a fruit tree, or something else. How big do you want this tree to grow, and how quickly? Next, you have to determine if where you’re going to plant this tree has full light, full shade, or somewhere in between.  Then, what’s the soil like?!?  Yikes.  Overwhelmed?  Us too.  Luckily, the lovely experts over at the Arbor Day Foundation have made this handy Tree Finder to help you to pick the right tree for you.

How to plant your tree

If you’re getting a seedling with bare roots, submerge them in water for a few hours.  While they’re soaking, dig a hole – much wider than you think you need it to be – where you want to plant it.  Turn the soil around the hole to help with root growth. Once your plant’s soaked for about 6 hours or so, plant it!  Don’t add anything – just use the dirt you took to make the hole. Leave the soil level a bit lower than the surrounding dirt to allow the water to soak in around your newly planted tree.  Water it generously!

How to care for your tree 

Remember to mulch your tree (it helps to insulate the soil, retain moisture, prevent soil compaction, and more)  Water it generously for at least the first two years (these trees will be spending a lot of energy to grow the first few years, so it will be harder for it to protect itself from heat), and to prune your tree in the winter and fall

Now get on out there and plant some hope!

What is T2T?

So…What are you guys?

It’s a question that we get a lot…and rightfully so.  It’s an adventure like you’ve never had before. When walking by, it’s easy to see the happy faces of the people in the trees and hear the cheers and laughter, but until you’ve experienced it for yourself it’s hard to explain.

This season we’re going to treat you to some tips & tricks on how to navigate some of our trickier elements. (Stay tuned, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!)  Let’s start at the beginning, and we’ll move among the courses throughout the season!

What’s T2T?

We’re an aerial adventure park.  There’s a series of courses (more on this later) up in the trees, starting at about 15 feet in the air and moving up to almost 40 feet in parts!  You’ll get harnessed up when you arrive, we’ll teach you how to use the equipment, and then you’ll be up on a self guided tour of the trees.  Self guided means that we’ll be there on the ground to help you out and cheer you on, and you can move at your own pace with your group!

You’ll go from obstacle to obstacle (or as we call them – element to element), stopping at platforms built in the trees between the elements to watch your friends, catch your breath, and take in the exhilarating feeling that you’ll surely find.  There’s bridges, swings, ropes, beams, tightropes, and many, many more!

Who can go?

We have a many course options to make sure that almost anyone can join us!  Starting at ages 2-8, the monkey grove is open!  Our zip tour is open for anyone 75 lbs. and up! Anyone ages 7 and up is welcome to the aerial obstacle courses.  Each course is designed specially for the designated age and height ranges, to provide a fun experience for everyone with appropriate levels of challenges, heights, and fun!  Throughout each of the course options, the courses will get higher from the ground and increase in difficulty as you go. Each course ends on the ground, so it’s up to you to decide if you’re ready to conquer the next course, or if you want to call it a day!

Am I safe?

We get it.  Knowing that you’re safe while you’re up in the air, exploring something new, and expanding your comfort zone is a priority.   Providing you with an adventure where you feel safe, welcomed, and supported is one of our highest priorities. We’re proud to feature safety equipment above and beyond the industry requirements.   When you arrive, we’ll help you to get safely secured in our harnesses.

During your orientation session with one of our highly trained staff, you’ll learn how to use the equipment.  Next, you’ll complete our practice course, only a few feet off the ground, under the watchful eye of one of our guides to ensure you’re comfortable with all the equipment!  Ask us all your questions, take your time, and when you’re ready you’ll get started on the courses!

Okay, I’m ready! But come on…give the first course tip!

Well, okay.  Throughout the courses, you’ll notice that some of the elements include logs swinging from ropes. If you ever see these ropes, grab those ropes instead of the cable to steady yourself! Yep, it seems counter-intuitive: the cable stays in one place while the ropes can swing.  Here’s the trick.  Do you remember learning about the pendulum swing?  The same principle applies here.  Hold the cable, and there’s so much farther you can swing.  Hold the ropes and it reduces how far you can swing!

Ready to try it for yourself?! Make a Reservation!