1. Take a Walk

Once you begin learning about the trees in your neighborhood, you will never view trees the same again. Whenever and wherever you walk, your awareness of the forest’s distinct qualities and characteristics will grow.

Areas of Interest: Fun for Kids, Walking, Looking Around, Writing
Ingredients: Comfortable shoes, pen and paper (optional), tree identification guide, tree journal
Walk to your front or back yard and notice your trees’ distinct characteristics. Choose just one to start. Take note of its height, the shape of its leaves, the texture of its bark, the structure of its branches, its scent, and its colors.
When you are ready, take a walk and look at the trees along your street or in a nearby park. Are there common species? Are there certain trees that standout for their height, leaf size or branches? As you appreciate specific species and characteristics, ask your neighbors for their opinions. Grow your tree knowledge by sharing your tree discoveries with others.
If you yearn for more facts, try to identify your trees using a tree identification guidebook. If you get stumped, take a small branch to your local nursery. Most importantly, follow your own inspiration. Track the different birds and animals that enjoy your trees. You might keep a journal, create a tree list, take pictures, or notice the changes through the four seasons.
“You don’t need to know the name of a tree to love it.” –John Muir