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Winter Tree Identification Workshop

February 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presented in partnership with Feral Foraging

Learning to identify trees in the wintertime when there are no fresh leaves to utilize can be difficult at first, but is a pivotal skill that will open your eyes to a whole new world of details in the forest. Watching someone pick up a twig and then correctly proclaim the identity of a tree may seem like magic at first, but it is actually just a system of details that you can learn too!

This course will provide you with the fundamental skills to confidently identity trees in the wintertime and comprises two sections: class lecture and fieldwork. The two topics that will be covered are bark and twig/bud identification. Each topic will begin with a lecture followed by field study to solidify your new knowledge!

The program includes:

  • 2 hours – Instructional Presentations
  • 2 hours – Field Learning
  • 1 hour – Independent Guided Study

In addition to the foundational knowledge of bark and twig/bud identification, we will also study the details of 15 of the most common trees in North Alabama and the surrounding area. Common trees covered in the course:

  • Maple – Acer spp.
  • Hickory – Carya spp.
  • Oak – Quercus spp.
  • Tulip Tree – Liriodendron tulipifera
  • Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana
  • Beech – Fagus grandifolia
  • Ash – Fraxinus spp.
  • Buckeye – Aesculus spp.
  • Black Locust – Robinia pseudoacacia
  • Sassafras – Sassafras albidum
  • Black Cherry – Prunus serotina
  • Sweetgum – Liquidambar styraciflua
  • Elm – Ulmus spp.
  • Redbud – Cercis canadensis
  • Sugarberry – Celtis laevigata

You will walk away from the course with: a handout on the 15 common trees of Alabama and their corresponding details, a handout for taking field notes on bark/buds, the confidence to know how to identify trees in the wintertime!

Cost: $60, $45 for LT members at the Trailblazer Level ($50) or above only

Rain Date: February 6 – An email notification will be sent to all registrants by 7:30 am on February 5.



February 5, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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