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  • Sun

    Looking at Trees by their Bark with Nancy Goodman

    10 am - 1 pmNorth Farms Road entrance to FLCA
    Walks & Talks

    Bark provides the best clue to identifying trees in winter, but why pay attention to it in summer, when trees are fully leafed out? For one thing, the leaves of many trees may be out of reach, and while the general shape may be visible, subtle features may be lost. And bark can give us information about the age and condition of a tree that isn’t apparent from examining its leaves. This walk will examine trees in various ways, with a focus on the characteristic bark of different species in different habitats and at different stages of growth.

    Nancy Goodman has been interested in native New England plants for more than 35 years. Part of her quest has been to spread the joy of being able to ID trees by their bark, thus opening a new perspective on nature by seeing more in the forest as you walk. Nancy leads classes at the Hitchcock Center, New England Wildflower Society, Pioneer Valley Institute, and MA Audubon.


    Meet at the North Farms Road entrance.

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  • North Farms Rd. entrance is off Bridge Rd., N. off Mountain St. or N. Maple St. in Florence.
  • Cooke Avenue entrance is off Hatfield St., which runs behind the WalMart/Big Y shopping center, to the end of Cooke Avenue (former Moose Lodge). Park only on the right side.
  • Coles Meadow Road entrance is on the eastern end of FLCA, about 0.7 miles from North King Street (Routes 5/10). Park carefully on the street.