Bark: Get to Know Your Trees

Bark: A Field Guide to the Trees of the Northeast book cover


  • October 5 | 3:30 - 6:30pm

CEUs: APLD; NOFA-AOLCP (pending)

Fee: Member $52/ Non-member $62/ Workshop Sponsor $120

The traits typically used to describe trees—leaves, twigs, and buds—are often hard to see or seasonally absent. Join us for an exploration of bark, which is always visible, in any season. As you hone your perceptive abilities, you will learn about a system for identifying tree species by their bark, and discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exist. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why does bark peel? We will begin with an indoor presentation, and then head outdoors to continue our discoveries of trees.

Michael Wojtech is a naturalist and educator with a passion for studying the structure, growth processes and ecology of trees. He is well-known as the author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast and he co-authored Drawing Leaves and Trees: Observing and Sketching the Natural World. He earned his masters degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England.