Winter unmasks nature, revealing our local woody trees in their most skeletal form. Participants in our Tree Basics class in January 2020 learned that while leaves have mostly fallen from our deciduous trees, there are many other reliable ways to identify trees in winter by observing the bare bones of plants – branching structure, bark, buds and leaf scars. Tree Steward Emily Ferguson especially emphasized bark as a way to identify our winter trees. The first hour was spent indoors going over what to look for to identify a tree in winter; then we went outside to apply what we had learned. CATS Tree Basics classes are free, but registration is required. Visit our calendar for future offerings and registration information.