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    Learning The Ropes

    Got mountains on the brain? Get a grip on your climbing skills during this introductory “ropes” class! Held at a professional climbing gym that prides itself on safety and proper education, this is a great way to develop your skills before you tackle the real thing. Over the course of an hour, you’ll learn the terms you need to know and all about basic climbing gear. You’ll also work on basic knot-tying skills, and even get into belaying! This class is a prerequisite for additional classes and certifications offered by First Ascent Climbing & Fitness, and a great way to meet fellow aspiring climbers to team up with on future endeavors. It’s also a great way to get a leg-up on your fitness routine!
    Learning The Ropes

    3516 N Spaulding Ave, Chicago

    • Develop basic climbing skills during a class devoted to ropes
    • Learn about climbing equipment and how to tie knots
    • Hit the climbing walls for some practice belaying
    • Get acquainted with a professional climbing gym
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    What’s on the Menu?

    An animal’s got to eat. And this is your chance to watch them do it. River Trail Nature Center offers visitors a beautiful natural environment full of sugar maple woods and tranquil, self-guided trails. During “What’s on the Menu,” you’ll get to watch as center staff feed the display animals, offering you the unique opportunity to learn about their specific eating habits. Before you leave, check out the exhibit building designed to educate visitors about native plants and animals found in Illinois. Consider it food for thought!
    What’s on the Menu?

    3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook

    • Visit the River Trail Nature Center during feeding time
    • Watch center staff feed the display animals
    • Learn about the living habits of native Illinois wildlife
    • Immerse yourself in a stunning nature preserve featuring self-guided trail
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