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Forest Park Forever: "Lessons from the Field: Summer Tree ID"

Summer Tree ID

Starting at Kennedy Forest Pavilion #11

This class will introduce participants to many of the more than 60 different tree species found in Kennedy Forest.  Participants will first be given a brief introduction to common terminology and characteristics used for summer tree identification, followed by a guided walk through Kennedy Forest to experience the wide diversity of tree species.  The majority of the class will focus on the specific characteristics used to identify and/or distinguish between common tree species and major tree groups, such as oaks, hickories, maples, and ashes.  Participants will also learn how to navigate through a dichotomous key to identify unknown tree species.

A few tree identification guides will be on hand for use with the dichotomous key activity, but if you have a preference for a particular guide, feel free to bring it along. 

This particular class will be held outdoors, weather permitting, starting at Kennedy Forest Pavilion #11.  The guided walk will cover approximately 1 mile over moderate terrain.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.  In case of severe weather, class will be held in the Learning Lab at the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center.    

Reservations are required. To register, contact Jean at

Earlier Event: June 15
The Muny: "My Fair Lady" Opens
Later Event: June 19
Heart of the Park Walking Tour