Tree walks

Since 2014, I’ve led tree walks in the Washington, DC area. My walks are intended to be accessible to everyone and focus on skills that will allow you to begin identifying trees on your own and to understand how our trees fit into the larger natural and humanmade landscapes we live in. Learning to identify trees is also just a great way to spend time outside and connect with your environment. I wrote about seeing trees for the New York Times.

In fall of 2022 I will not be leading any tree walks. Instead, you are invited to a tree-themed exhibition I’m helping put on, as part of the Ash Forest Project. On November 6 at 4 pm, photographer Leslie Brice and I will present work we’ve done over the past three years, documenting the impact that emerald ash borer is having on our local forests. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. More information here.

Checking out a baldcypress in Rock Creek Park.

I typically lead tree walks in the spring and fall, when the weather is at its best and our trees are at their most dynamic. I announce dates and locations one to two months ahead of time. To find out about future walks, email me.

Past tree walk locations include:

Rock Creek Park (Peirce Mill, Carter Barron areas)
Mount Pleasant neighborhood
16th St Heights neighborhood
Northwest Branch Trail in Hyattsville. MD
Mount Rainier, MD urban forest
Tregaron Conservancy

All tree walks are free and open to everyone, and I plan to keep it that way. But it does take time to find good locations and, of course, to lead walks. If you would like to support my local tree education efforts, you can do so by clicking here.