About the trip
Learn to identify the park’s 20 most common tree species
What we love:
- Making natural history entertaining and relevant
- Meeting new friends with common interests
- Re-discovering nature in our own backyard
- Knowing how to belong to a place
We'll meet and enter the park together through Naturalists Gate and make our way to The Ramble, which park designer Frederick Olmsted considered his greatest accomplishment in the park. We will then comfortably sit and learn the basics of tree identifcation, which for the likes of you and I, we will now refer to as dendrology – the field of botany dedicated to trees. Then we will stroll through various sections of the park, stopping along the way to identify a total of 20 trees through lively conversation and storytelling, which will help you commit them to memory.
Perfect for: Urban nature lovers who like to stretch their legs and minds, while staying closer to home, or those who simply love to
impress their friends.
Your Guide and Interpreter: Carey Russell is a certified Master Naturalist and holds a master's degree in forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University where he also taught classes in dendrology. He has worked for the U.S. Forest Service, the Nature Conservancy, and the Khangai Nuruu National Park in central Mongolia. Nothing makes him more excited than finding entertaining and empowering ways of sharing natural history with others, which makes them feel even more at home in the places where they live.
Of the walk, Carey states: “Far from being an opportunity to merely demonstrate my own knowledge, my goal is to ensure that every participant is able to walk away with a profoundly expanded understanding of these magnificent forms of life – and the ability to confidently share the names and characteristics of these species with others. Even in the city, we are surrounded by nature, but far too often fail to acknowledge it. You will never walk down the sidewalk quite the same way again."
9:30AM to 12:30PM