Tree Identification Series: Identitree

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Think there’s not much to see on the trail? Think again and look around!

Enhance your park experience by learning how to identify trees no matter the season. The IdentiTree series will teach you how to identify common trees of Stark County by their bark, leaves, seeds, and more. We’ll start each session in the classroom learning tips and tricks, then hit the trail to put our skills to the test.

2023 Identitree Schedule

Winter Tree ID
March 18, 11 a.m.
Sippo Lake Park-Exploration Gateway Science Lab
Did you know you can tell a boxelder by its bright green new growth? Or that a Sassafras can be easily identified by just its fragrance? Learn ways to identify common trees in Stark County by their leaves, seeds, and diseases including leafless trees in the winter.

Basic Tree ID
April 28, 6 p.m.
Petros Lake Park-Woodland Shelter
Did you know you can tell a red oak from a white oak simply by their pointed or rounded leaf lobes? Or that redbud leaves are shaped like a heart? Start in the shelter learning tips and tricks for identifying trees by their buds before heading out to practice on the trails an in the park.

Common Tree Diseases
June 30, 6 p.m.
Quail Hollow Park-Nature Center
Some tree diseases spread through insects, while others spread through root systems. Sometimes trees can survive being infected, but that's not always the case. 

Seeds and Berries
Aug. 25, 5 p.m.
Sippo Lake Park-Wildlife Conservation Center
Since trees are stationary, they have to be creative with their means of pollination and seed dispersal.  This month, we will work on identifying trees by their seeds and berries before heading outside.

Fall Foliage
Oct. 27, 5 p.m.
Walborn Reservoir Marina
"Red maple" isn't just a name, there's more to the story! Learn ways to identify common trees in Stark County by their leaves, seeds, and diseases in our IdentiTree series. This month, we'll hike around Walborn Reservoir taking in the scenery and identifying some fall foliage. Meet near the Marina at Walborn.