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The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Identifying Trees in Winter - April 6 Continuing Education Program

Red maple
Identifying trees in those seasons when they are covered with full blown leaves is much easier than in the winter and very early spring when there are no leaves on them at all.  Learning to identify trees from shape, bark, and fruit or blossoms can be a real challenge.

Janesville Urban Forester, Ethan Lee, is going to walk us through the fine points of tree identification without a full-blown leaf to be seen.  Below are a few examples to give you an idea what we'll be looking for.

We will be meeting at Riverside Park on the north end by the ball diamonds at 4 pm.  That area has a good variety of tree species.  Bring something to use for notes, wear warm clothing and water-proof shoes.  We don't know what the weather will be like, but if you wear layers you can adjust your comfort level on the spot.

We will provide study guides and split into small groups to work together to identify trees then bring your conclusions back to the full group for discussion.

This is an approved Continuing Education program which will earn Master Gardeners one (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.

Eastern White Pine
Paper Bark Birch
If you have friends, neighbors, family members who are not MGVs but who would like to learn more about tree ID, bring them along.  Our charter is education.  We'd be happy to include those who are interested this very valuable skill.  There is no charge for this class.

All photographs used in the announcement are public domain, non-copyrighted material.  Click on the photos to enlarge them.

River Birch 
River Birch Catkin

White Oak

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