Tree Basics Classes and Tree Walks

We offer several FREE classes during the year. We also offer FREE tree walks at various locations in the Charlottesville area as noted below. The walks are usually on trails, but long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended. Since space is limited as noted, registration is usually required.

The following topics are offered in fall of 2019:

Pen Park Tree Identification Walk

Sunday, November 3, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Pen Park 1400 Pen Park Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Join Tree Steward guides, Dana Denbar and Susan Mefford, on this walk in Pen Park to explore a small urban forest.  The group will follow the paved trail in a half-mile loop and learn how to recognize about a dozen native tree species using their leaves, bark, and flowers. The fitness trail is paved but the pavement is sometimes uneven.  At the beginning/end of the walk there is a significant slope.  We will cross a small wooden bridge. The hour-long event is free but registration is required (click date link); attendance is limited to 25.

Directions: The park is located off East Rio Road on Pen Park Road.  After entering Pen Park, take a left just before the tennis courts and park near shelter #2.  The group will meet there.

Trees: Living History at James Monroe’s Highland in the Winter

Friday, December 6, 2019 , 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Highland, 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville

We invite you to join this free 90-minute walk at James Monroe’s historic Highland property.  Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards have been leading walks at Highland in various seasons.  Highland’s open spaces afford vistas of mature ash, black walnut, maples, oaks, and other native trees. Tree Steward Sharon Hiner will lead the walk and show you a hemlock and towering white oak that date to Monroe’s time. Learn how to identify trees in the winter using bark, twigs, form, and other features.  Discover how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. This walk is now FULL.   Other walks at Highland will be offered in 2020.

Directions: From Charlottesville take 64 East. Take exit 121A on to Rt. 53. In 3.2 miles, take a slight right turn on to James Monroe Parkway. In 0.8 miles, turn right on to Ashlawn-Highland Drive.

For information on the annual 12-week Tree Steward Training Class and volunteering, see Become a Tree Steward Volunteer.