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Winter Tree Identification with Jonathan Shapiro

March 5, 2023 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Sunday March 5 | 9 am – 3 pm | 14 participants
$50 | Financial Support Available (Email us to inquire)
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Pattern-based Tree ID: meeting trees through the seasons

Learning to identify trees can be a powerful way to connect to your local landscape. They are big, charismatic, and always around us, and knowing who they are provides a baseline of ecological understanding for the rest of our surroundings. Join Jonathan Shapiro of Fox Paw School for a dive into tree ID, focusing on a pattern-based approach that we are hardwired to understand. We’ll talk about tree silhouettes, branching patterns, leaf shapes, bark, and more, and you’ll leave with the observational skills to learn not only trees, but the rest of your landscape as well. By meeting in three different seasons, we’ll have the opportunity to see how trees’ lives change throughout the cycle of the year, and how they fit into the broader ecological context of our North Woods home.

This class is the first in a series of three tree ID classes with Jonathan Shapiro this year. Check out our upcoming sessions on June 11 and September 16 to continue learning trees across the seasons.

Physical Expectations: This class will have involve winter walking over uneven footing up to two miles over the course of the day on mild to moderate slopes, with a few steep climbs, and sometimes off-trail.

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March 5, 2023
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602