Our Vision Starts in Lincoln, Nebraska

High Level Happiness is working to build a community treehouse in Lincoln, Nebraska, the first of its kind in the nation. We love our city, and are inspired by the rejuvenating power of nature. From this we see an opportunity to create an attraction that brings the two together like no one has before.

The appeal of treehouses

It may have been a few years, or decades, since you’ve been in a treehouse, but odds are that the memory is a good one. It’s impossible to be grumpy in a treehouse! Climbing into one means fresh air and adventure. The resurgence of interest in treehouse building across the globe, notably featured on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, indicate the time is right for this leading-edge community project. A treehouse in the city, a professionally-built space for the community to share, will make experiencing nature more fun and accessible. Abundant research indicates that exposure to nature can reduce stress, promote healing, and improve overall well-being -- much needed in an era when many experience long hours of screen time and stress.

The seed is already planted in Lincoln

Our very own Lincoln, Nebraska, is a city on the rise for many reasons, gaining national recognition for the quality of life that Lincolnites enjoy, ranking high in happiness, health, and business and cultural opportunities. We are active and engaged, and well positioned to grow even more, as a vibrant and creative city. Lincoln is the home of the nationally-recognized Arbor Day Foundation and our town one of the first to be certified as a Tree City, and for three years in a row we’ve been named a USA Playful City by the KaBOOM Foundation. The time is right to launch this creative endeavor that will draw national attention and speak to the collective value we place on our natural surroundings. What better symbol could the city of Lincoln have to represent who we are and what we strive to be? Let’s make Lincoln the first Community Treehouse City in the nation.

Planning the first treehouse

Our community treehouse will be a lot more spacious than what you might have had in your childhood.

The final design will include input from those who will one day use it, with the site dictating its final design.  We envision a multi-level structure with a mix of enclosed spaces and exterior decks and lookouts, built around a number of tall, mature trees. These spaces will allow for a range of activities, from hosting meetings and receptions, to education, to exploration and play. Imagine the excitement of children exploring and learning, the energy of a workshop hosted among the trees, or the romance of a wedding reception under a natural canopy. These are just some of the possibilities. Of course, we want all to take part, so our our treehouse will be ADA accessible, and designed to be safe for all ages.

We would like our treehouse to be mostly free and open to the public, but with rentable spaces for classes, business meetings,  receptions and weddings. Revenue from these rentals will support personnel, programming and maintenance of the structure and grounds. We see the opportunity to engage adults and children in art and educational activities, to host outdoor festivals and so much more!

A project that gives back

With this treehouse, Lincolnites will be able to bring their families, friends, and colleagues to meet, learn, and play in a one-of-a-kind environment. It will offer a unique venue for events ranging from business meetings, to outdoor education, to wedding receptions and more. It will draw national attention, boosting Lincoln’s reputation as a dynamic city, as well as boosting its economy through both local involvement and tourism dollars.

When will we break ground?

With support from community partners, we’re aiming to pinpoint an urban location by late 2018. We plan to break ground within one to two years of securing the location. 

How you can help

To start, just let us know you're interested! Sign your name in support! 

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