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WVU builds zip line course near Coopers Rock

May. 02, 2013 @ 08:11 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The first university-run zip line is opening just 15 minutes from Morgantown and will be used to train volunteers running the zip line network at West Virginia’s new Boy Scout park.

Officials are celebrating Thursday with a canopy tour at the West Virginia University Research Forest.

Adventure WV worked with WVU’s Division of Forestry & Natural Resources and Colorado-based Bonsai Design to create a course with four zip lines, an aerial bridge and a rappel station.

WVU officials say the course can help teach people about physics and math, and host researchers interested in sustainability and the environment. 

But its first focus is training volunteers to run zip lines at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County.

The new adventure park hosts the national Boy Scout Jamboree July 15-24.



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