Winter Tree ID Workshop - Feb 19

The Grand Trees of Chatham and Jordan Lake State Park Ranger Robin Kalish have partnered to offer a Winter Tree ID workshop.  This event offers a great opportunity to hone your tree ID skills while enjoying an easy one mile hike at Jordan Lake State Park. 

The walk will be appropriate for kids or families and will begin at 2:00 PM at the Old Oak Trail in the Ebenezer Area A at JordanLake.  The event is free and no registration is required. Be sure to bring appropriate shoes, clothing and water.  Here's a map of Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, and a map of the larger Jordan Lake Recreation Area.

Directions to hike: From Pittsboro: Take Hwy 64 east to Wilsonville traffic light. Turn right onto Beaver Creek Road. Travel about 2 miles on Beaver Creek Rd. Turn Right into Ebenezer Recreation Area. Area A is the first road on the right. The trail begins at a wooden display case next to the parking lot in Area A. Bathrooms are available about half mile away.  For more info email

Identifying trees in winter is obviously more difficult due to the absence of leaves, but this workshop will provide useful tips to narrow down the options rather quickly. Should the workshop inspire a greater interest, there are some great reference books out there.  One I’m familiar with is Winter Tree Finder by May and Tom Watts.  Used copies can be found for as little as $2.  Another classic for general tree ID is the Arbor Day Foundation's What Tree is That?  They offer a mobile version as well.  


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