The mission of F&M Tree Climbers is to train and empower students by teaching them the skills and techniques to safely ascend and work in tree canopies. We use tree climbing as a context for students to also learn team building and environmental leadership. F&M Tree Climbers provides important skill building for students in the Gotsch Lab as they prepare for field seasons in the tropics, and also provides climbing and outreach opportunities for other members of the campus and local community. Training for students is provided by Prof. Gotsch (director of research climbing teams since 2009), Rick Anderer (F&M Grounds Supervisor and Arborist), Nic Auwaerter (F&M Sustainability Coordinator), and Tyler Zuniga (Lead Instructor, North American Training Solutions). Our regular trainings also provide opportunities for the more senior members of the team to learn and practice advanced skills and remain current on advancements in the fields of arboriculture and rope access. *Click on the photos to see them in full size and to scroll through the images.