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Tree climbing for health to be presented in St. Charles

Physically challenged can learn to climb trees

ST. CHARLES – TreeHab and Tree Therapy are the roots of an organization started by John Gathright in Japan almost 20 years ago – one that Chairperson of the Geneva Natural Resources Committee Jay Womack is hoping to bring to Geneva, officials announced in a news release.

Tree Climbing Japan is devoted to bringing people of all ages and physical abilities into forests to climb trees and enjoy nature.

For example, in 2001, Hikosaka Toshiko became the first severely physically-challenged person to climb atop an 80-meter giant Sequoia tree, the fourth tallest tree in the world, the release stated.

Tree-Assisted Therapy continues to help physically-challenged individuals climb trees and also strives to create international exchanges through tree climbing.

It is also active in improving forests and empowering people worldwide, has helped over 250,000 people climb trees and trained thousands of instructors.

Through this work with Tree Climbing Japan, Gathright later established Treehab –Tree Climbing Therapy and Tree-Assisted Therapy – programs that enabl people of all abilities to climb the world's largest trees, the release stated.

To learn more about Gathright and Tree Climbing Japan, the public is invited to hear more about the program at a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, the release stated.

Because of the support provided by the Arcada Theatre, CLARK and grants awarded to the Natural Resources Committee of Geneva, the seminar is free.

Other supporters include the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Davey Care of Trees, Geneva Park District Foundation and Roger Henry, the release stated.

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